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Is Professional Teeth Whitening Safe?

man smiling in dental chair. text on image reads: Professional teeth whitening safely enhances your smile and elevates your confidence.

The quick answer:

Yes, professional teeth whitening is safe!

In fact:

It’s considered one of the safest forms of cosmetic dentistry.

In this blog, we’ll go over why teeth whitening is safe, how to maintain your newly brightened smile, and more.

Let’s get started!

Does teeth whitening damage your teeth?

No, teeth whitening doesn’t damage your teeth and safely enhances your smile under the supervision of a dental professional.


Using unapproved products or methods can cause teeth damage.

It’s important to look for the American Dental Association (ADA)… This text opens a new tab to the American Dental Association website… approval in whitening products to ensure efficiency and safety!

Also, keep in mind:

While at-home products can work well for some people, you can risk gum and tooth sensitivity if instructions aren’t followed correctly.

On the other hand:

Scheduling a professional teeth whitening better ensures your teeth are whitened without negative side effects.

Your dentist will create a custom treatment plan that may include an in-office procedure or custom-take home whitening trays, so you can achieve the bright smile you always wanted.

Does whitening cause tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity may occur, but it’s only temporary.

Typically, patients who experience sensitivity report that it disappears after a day or two!

If you already have sensitive teeth, let your dentist know during your consultation.

Professional teeth whitening gels can be customized in potency for your comfort during treatment.

We also recommend using ADA-approved anti-sensitivity toothpaste, as well as switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush.

How long does professional teeth whitening last?

Professional teeth whitening can last anywhere between 6 months to 2 years on average.


Your treatment longevity depends on you too!

Eating and drinking certain foods like wine or coffee can cause staining.

Proper oral hygiene keeps your brighter smile around for longer by removing plaque and bacteria build-up that can cause tooth discoloration.


Keeping up with your regular whitening touch-ups with your dentist will keep your smile bright.

Is professional teeth whitening worth it?

Yes, professional teeth whitening is worth it, especially if drugstore products don’t give you the results you want.

Under the supervision of a qualified dental professional, your teeth whitening treatment is safe and more effective.

They’re also personalized for your smile, rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach.

The best part?

Professional teeth whitening is one of the most affordable cosmetic treatments to enhance your smile!

Where can I get professional teeth whitening near me?

At Harbour Pointe Family Dentistry, we’re proud to offer professional teeth whitening for patients in or around the Mukilteo, WA area.

Dr. Kris Johnson is a skilled cosmetic dentist who’ll work closely with you to achieve your smile goals.

You don’t have to wait for a special event to enjoy a bright new smile.

Get rid of stains and enjoy a dazzling smile now!


Our office is located in Mukilteo, WA and happily welcomes patients from neighboring communities, including Mill Creek, Edmonds, Boulevard Bluffs, Picnic Point, Evergreen, Perrinville, and Snohomish.