Edinburg Family Dentistry: How Often Should I Whiten My Teeth?

Edinburg Family Dentistry: How Often Should I Whiten My Teeth?

Our dental team provides a wide range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic services. We commonly offer professional teeth whitening services to improve the appearance of teeth. However, it is important to be aware of how often you should whiten your smile in order to protect your delicate teeth. How often should I whiten my teeth? Read on to find out!

Consult with your dentist if you experience sensitivity, tooth transparency, or irritated gums after your teeth whitening treatment. These are signs to take a break from treatments. There are three common whitening treatments:

  • In-office professional whitening. This option has been shown to provide longer lasting results, but will most likely cost the most. Different methods may require different times between treatments, but last for a year or two on average.
  • At home teeth whitening kits. At home kits often require more treatments due to having lower concentrations of the ingredients. They also involve specific instructions regarding usage time and should not be used again for six months after a treatment.
  • At home kits from your dentist. These kits should only be used once a year and are stronger than over-the-counter whitening kits.

How To Prolong The Life Of Your Teeth Whitening

There are practical steps you can take to ensure your investment of a freshly whitened smile lasts. Maintaining good oral hygiene will keep teeth free of debris that leads to plaque buildup. Quitting the habit of smoking will also help to prevent teeth from getting discolored. Regular dental cleanings and exams will allow our dentists to polish the teeth and eliminate tartar. Finally, avoiding stain-causing foods and drinks such as teas, berries, coffee, and wine will help to avoid immediate tooth discoloration.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.