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Is Teeth Whitening Safe? And Other FAQs About Teeth Whitening

Comparison of smile before and after teeth whitening treatment.

If you want to brighten your dull smile, you may be wondering, “Is teeth whitening safe?”

In this quick blog, we’ll discuss how you can safely whiten your teeth up to several shades, PLUS other questions about teeth whitening you may have.

Let’s dive right in.

Is teeth whitening safe?

The answer is simple.

YES. Professional teeth whitening SAFELY restores your dull or stained smile with beautiful pearly whites.

Fun fact: It’s considered one of the safest forms of cosmetic dentistry!

The teeth whitening treatment will remove:

  • Stains
  • Discoloration
  • Dullness

You’ll take years off your appearance with a bright new smile.

Are over-the-counter teeth whitening products safe?

Using over-the-counter teeth whitening products correctly can safely whiten your teeth.


These products use a one-size-fits-all approach, which doesn’t produce the consistent, beautiful results you’re hoping for.

Professional teeth whitening is customizable to your wants and needs. This means it’ll prevent:

  • Gum irritation
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Inadequate results

With professional teeth whitening products, you’ll be able to whiten your smile without damaging the surrounding oral tissues.

What’s the whitening process like?

There are multiple ways to professionally whiten your teeth.

At our Tulsa dental office, Dr. Jelsing uses the latest take-home teeth whitening techniques for quick and high-quality results.

It’s easy, and your new smile will be up to several shades lighter!

Step 1: Impressions

We’ll take a mold of your teeth to create custom-sized bleaching trays for you.

Step 2: Gel Application

A special whitening gel is placed into the mouthguard, and you’ll wear it for 3-4 hours each night for about two weeks.

Step 3: Brighter Smile

Enjoy your new smile once you reach the desired level of brightness from the treatment.

Once you complete the whitening process, it only requires minimal upkeep to maintain your new smile.

Why are my teeth dull or stained?

The common causes of dull or stained teeth include:

  • Staining foods and liquids
  • Smoking
  • Age
  • Medication

Unfortunately, there are some factors that we can’t control when it comes to dull or stained teeth.

Teeth change colors as we age due to the natural wear and tear of our enamel. Plus, certain medications stain our teeth over time.


There are factors we can control to prevent staining our teeth.

As much as we love coffee and wine, the foods and liquids we consume play a significant role in tooth discoloration.


It’s best to limit your intake of staining foods and beverages. If you do consume coffee (or other staining beverages like wine, dark soda, etc.), try to sip through a straw.

Dental hygiene is also essential – brushing your teeth twice a day with an FDA-approved toothpaste will help reduce stains!


Avoid smoking.

It’ll not only keep your teeth bright, but it improves your quality of life as well.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

If you’re looking to restore dull or stained teeth, then you’re most likely a candidate for teeth whitening treatment!

Adults of all ages can benefit from it.


Keep in mind that every patient is unique, and treatment may not be as effective for others.

The best way to determine if you’re a candidate is to talk to your dentist in Tulsa.

If you’re located in Tulsa or in the neighboring areas, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Jelsing.

With a thorough oral exam, Dr. Jelsing will determine if treatment is right for you. The oral exam will also include a  shade assessment once candidacy is determined.

Professional teeth whitening is right here in Tulsa, OK.

We welcome all new patients in the surrounding areas of Tulsa including Sand Springs, Jenks, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, and Owasso to join our dental family and begin your journey to a bright new smile today.

Begin your safe teeth whitening treatments!

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