How Often Should I Whiten My Teeth? – Knowing When It’s Time

Whitening one’s teeth has never been easier than it is today. With the number of home kits available and more dentists than ever offering professional whitening treatments, getting a whiter, brighter smile is easy. But, like all things, such treatments are not permanent. Over time, the effects of a whitening procedure will begin to fade and you’ll have to redo the process. Knowing how often you should whiten your teeth will help you plan and save money for your next treatment. The frequency of treatments will vary based on different situations. If a person uses home bleaching kits and whitening treatments, he or she will end up needing to treat their teeth more often than if they received professional treatments. The type of whitening product used will dictate how often the treatment is necessary before results are noticeable. Once results are achieved, some product labels tell the consumer to continue use of the product in order to maintain white teeth. Most experts agree that the effects of these whitening treatments have the duration of about four months, so a person should plan on using the product that often. Professional whitening is a more reliable option. While it costs more, the results are immediate, usually after one quick trip to the dentist. Once the procedure is over, its results will usually last much longer than traditional home treatments. On average, most people can expect about a year’s duration of the results. Drinking coffee, smoking, and similar habits will obviously cause the teeth whitening to eventually fade. Even so, you can still expect professionally treated teeth to retain their whiteness longer than if they were treated at home. It is important that teeth are not whitened too often, even if treated with home whitening products. These kits normally use a solution similar to hydrogen peroxide to bleach teeth. When used in moderation these products can be very effective; when used too often, however, this solution can strip teeth of enamel and leave the teeth and gums susceptible to major dental problems. Don’t overuse these whitening products. Be sure that you follow the instructions on the packaging. If you use professional whitening treatments, your dentist will be able to ensure against any problems occurring.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

Follow Dr. Peter Hazim on Google+