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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