Do whitening pens damage teeth?

Tooth whitening carries some risks. Carbamide peroxide-based whitening solutions (such as those used in tooth whitening pens) are safe and effective, according to a NCBI study. A whitening pen is normally very safe to use as an over-the-counter treatment. It should, however, be used according to the directions.

You may have certain adverse effects and troubles if you take it recklessly. Overusing the pen might cause gum irritation, so be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Chemicals and additives in some teeth whitening pens might cause tooth discomfort. Within 24 hours, these side effects are usually gone.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, clinical studies have proven that whitening teeth with a dentist’s supervision is safe. Whitening is considered by many dentists to be one of the safest cosmetic dental procedures offered to the general public. Sensitivity is usually always a side effect, though it fades with time. Gum inflammation is the same way. Tooth whitening carries some danger.

How long does it last?

Teeth can be stained by eating and drinking dark foods and beverages. It’s vital to keep in mind, though, that depending on your lifestyle, the effects can diminish quickly and dramatically. Other bad lifestyle decisions can also counteract the results. The amount of time tooth whitening will last is determined by the sort of whitener you use.

When you use our whitening services, your teeth will almost always be whiter than they were before. Your personal behaviors have an impact as well.

How Well Do Teeth Whitening Pens Work?

The whitening solution does not have enough time to seep into the tooth and repair existing stains because teeth whitening pens stay on your teeth for a significantly shorter period of time than strips or professional whitening. These pens can produce some positive results if used appropriately, however they do have certain limitations when compared to professional tooth whitening.

In summary, pens can help prevent future staining, but they can’t fix discoloration that has developed over time. Dentists use teeth whitening pens to dab or brush hydrogen or carbamide peroxide onto the tooth’s surface. As a result, the best time to use a peroxide-based teeth whitening pen is just after you eat or drink something staining.

Is whitening bad for teeth?

There is no doubt that teeth whitening works, but the question is whether it is harmful to your teeth.

The short answer is that it depends. In most cases, it is considered safe, but some people may take it too far and damage their teeth as a result.

The only thing we can recommend is that you always follow the instructions when purchasing the products and that you always listen to any advice and recommendations you may receive from your dentist.

To fully comprehend the impact of teeth whitening, we must first discuss what is contained in these products:

  • Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is found in high-quality teeth-whitening products. Higher concentrations, which are only available from your dentist, are more effective and provide longer-lasting whitening results. Peroxides can also cause tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, and chemical burns to the mouth, throat, and tongue.
  • Some less expensive products contain abrasives, which do not whiten teeth but do remove surface stains. However, using these products can lead to additional problems and should be done in moderation.

Side effects of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can have a number of negative side effects. Tooth sensitivity and gum irritation are possible side effects. However, according to the Cleveland Clinic, gum irritation is usually caused by ill-fitting whitening trays (rather than the bleaching agent itself), and sensitivity and tissue irritation usually go away within one to three days of finishing the treatment.

According to one 2014 study, strong bleaching agents can cause soft tissue (gum) burns, a burning sensation in the throat, and stomach upset. The review also mentions that there is still debate about whether teeth bleaching affects the physical structure of teeth, including the enamel.

When to Avoid It

While teeth whitening has cosmetic benefits, it is not for everyone. Teeth whitening is frequently costly and does not work on all types of tooth discoloration. The American Dental Association states that whitening agents are ineffective on veneers, fillings, crowns, and caps and are unlikely to work for discoloration that is brown, gray, or caused by injury or medication. That is why it is critical to consult with your dentist before investing in teeth whitening products.

How Often Should I Whiten?

Too much whitening raises the risk of negative side effects like tooth sensitivity and damage to tooth enamel and gums. However, there is no formal recommendation for how often teeth can be whitened safely. That’s why it’s critical to seek your dentist’s advice and adhere to all product directions. After one month, some people notice that the whiteness has faded, while others can last a year without needing another whitening procedure.

What about the enamel?

Enamel on teeth is the toughest tissue in the body, even tougher than bone! The enamel’s duty is to protect the dentin, which is the softer and more sensitive inner tooth. The most prevalent indicator of damaged enamel is yellow discolouration of the teeth. This raises the question of whether teeth whitening harms the enamel. Teeth whitening does not harm your tooth enamel, so the answer is no.

Signs Of Enamel Erosion

  • Pain is caused by sensitivity to specific foods and temperatures.
  • Discoloration in the color yellow.
  • Teeth may become rougher, uneven, or jagged as they age.
  • On the surface of your teeth, indentions may occur.


Always read the directions and do precisely what your dentist recommends when it comes to teeth whitening. Teeth Whitening is not harmful to your teeth as long as you follow these guidelines.


How much does teeth whitening cost?

There are several teeth whitening options, and the cost varies greatly depending on which one you choose. In-office services, such as Phillips Zoom!, typically start around $500 and increase in price depending on the number of treatments required and the severity of your teeth stains. This option is quick and effective, but it can be extremely expensive to maintain because continued results often necessitate a number of visits per year.

Dentists’ take-home options are less expensive and just as effective. These customized application trays mold to your teeth, ensuring consistent whitening while reducing the risk of tooth sensitivity and tissue irritation. Typically, the cost of a set ranges between $200 and $600. This one-time fee provides you with trays that can be used as often as necessary with professional-strength whitening gel provided by our office.

Over-the-Counter Products

Kits sold in stores range in price from $30 to $200 and include application trays and bleaching gel. Whitening strips can be as cheap as $10, but they are more commonly in the $20 range. The least expensive option, whitening toothpaste, can range from $5 to $15 or more, depending on the formulation.

These low prices for teeth whitening may appear appealing, but they are frequently a waste of time and money, and may even result in increased teeth sensitivity, soft tissue irritation, and inconsistent results.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening Kits

Our personalized tray-whitening kits provide the following two major advantages:

  • Customized application trays help ensure consistent whitening of all of your teeth while reducing the risk of solution seepage. The gums, tongue, and cheeks are protected from irritation by keeping the whitening solution in place.
  • The professional strength whitening solution we provide is not available over the counter. Our solution’s active ingredient is free elemental oxygen, which oxidizes stains to remove them permanently, safely, and comfortably – and because you keep the customized application trays, results can be maintained as you see fit, in the privacy of your own home, on your preferred schedule.

It is important to remember that while any toothpaste can claim to be “whitening,” even the most expensive can only remove stains from the surface of the teeth. Whitening strips cover the front teeth, but a full smile will reveal highly visible color differences, and over-the-counter tray whiteners – even those with “boil and bite” applicators – frequently produce inconsistencies while increasing teeth sensitivity and tissue irritation. Professional teeth whitening from a reputable cosmetic dentist is the safest, quickest, and most dependable method of brightening your smile.