I’m in a panic. I’ve save up for a year to get some smile makeover work done. My plan was teeth whitening, changing out my silver fillings for white fillings, then dental bonding to fix my tooth gap. I had just gotten the teeth whitening done when I found out I was pregnant. I read the FDA hasn’t cleared it for pregnancy. Did I hurt my baby?
Marianna L. – Colorado
First, I want to give you some reassurance that your baby is likely just fine. The reason there isn’t FDA approval is there hasn’t been any trials done to test the effects of teeth whitening on unborn babies.
As you can imagine, there aren’t many new moms that are willing to let the FDA test things on their baby. That doesn’t mean it is unsafe. Just untested.
My advice is this. Take a deep breath. Your baby’s likely fine. Put off the rest of the work until after baby’s birth, then you can continue with your plan for your smile makeover without fear.
Take extra care with your teeth in the meantime. Pregnancy can be hard on teeth.
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