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A 26-year-old member asked:

i want to whiten my teeth at dentist and i am on birth control pills is that safe? is the pills affect to this procedure ( whiten teeth by laser)?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Tooth whitening: I see no problem with using a professionally administered or dispensed whitening system. We don't really use lasers but very bright lights and it has be shown to be no more effective than non-laser treatments. It's more the concentration and length of time in contact with the teeth.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
No problems: Teeth whitening and oral contraceptives are safe to take or use at the same time. Usually it's oral antibiotics and oral contraceptives that you need to be cautious about using at the same time unless you use additional safety precautions while having intercourse.
Dr. Lawrence (larry) Korenman
Dentistry 50 years experience
Isn't a problem!: Laser whitening is the fastest and most comfortable way to do this in the dentist's office. We do this routinely and patients are very happy with the outcomes.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
It is very safe: The best system is a professional teeth whitening without laser or any other light, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect. If done properly no side effects or pain or discomfort. You will be very happy with the results. Consult with your dentist for more information.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Whiten teeth: It is safe. BC pills have no effect on tooth whitening. Tooth whitening has no effect on BC pills. Check with your dentist if you need information on his/her tooth whitening recommendations.

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