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Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Teeth Whitening

Like with many other dental or medical treatments, people have wondered if teeth whitening during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or IVF is safe.

Because no studies have been done regarding the safety of teeth whitening during pregnancy, the ADA suggests that "clinicians may consider recommending that teeth whitening be deferred during pregnancy." 1 Most dental professionals follow this suggestion, making it the standard protocol throughout the dental community, and recommend their patients don't whiten during pregnancy or fertility treatments.

We agree and recommend that pregnant or breastfeeding women, women undergoing fertility treatment, and patients with serious health concerns do not use teeth whitening.

  1. Tooth whitening/Bleaching: Treatment Considerations for Dentists and Their Patients. ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. September 2009 (revised November 2010).