A new standard for tooth whitening, created by the ADA, was approved by the American National Standards Institute last January. This represents a crucial step towards making sure that all tooth bleaching procedures are safe.
Doctor Clifton Carey, a member of the ADA committee which created the standard, states that requirements include both important safety regulations, such as making sure that active ingredient concentration is the same as what is declared on the package and that the ingredients will not damage a patient’s teeth or gums. These regulations are based on current research.
It took several years of collaboration between various researchers and professionals to create the standard. While ADA Laboratories provided much of the expertise, the committee also worked with outside manufacturers.
US companies will have to prove that their product meets the requirements in order to receive an ADA seal of acceptance indicating that it is safe.