How Often Can You Get Your Teeth Professionally Whitened?

22 Feb 2019 by  admin in Whitening

Tooth discoloration is very common. As we age, the outermost layers of our tooth enamel wears away, leaving your pearly whites looking gray or yellow. Whether your teeth are stained from nicotine, food and beverages, prescription medicines, poor oral hygiene, or even genetics, professional tooth whitening can help.

There are three kinds of tooth whitening: professional in office, professional at-home, and store-bought at home. All three of these whitening systems use peroxide-based bleaching agents. The main difference, however, is the amount of peroxide. The average at-home whitening kit has around 3% to 20% peroxide, while most in-office systems have between 15% and 43% peroxide.

Research shows that, when used as directed, the peroxide used in teeth whitening is safe. However, when used too often, the peroxide can lead to negative effects like:

  • Tooth sensitivity from leaving the treatment on too long
  • Bleeding or inflamed gums
  • Blue or see-through teeth, a symptom of dangerously thinning tooth enamel

These risks beg the question: how often can you get your teeth whitened?

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening 

Of all the tooth whitening options, getting your teeth professionally whitened in your dentist’s office is the best. You can rely on your dentist to recommend a safe and effective whitening system for your teeth, and in-office whitening has the longest results. If you whiten your teeth professionally in-office, you should only need to do it once a year. You may need to visit for occasional touch-ups, but with proper care, you’ll be flashing pearly whites all year long.

At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening 

While using a professional tooth whitening kit at home may be convenient, these kits are stronger than over-the-counter options, and can  hurt your teeth if used incorrectly. Be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions carefully, and only use the kit once a year unless otherwise instructed.

Over the counter products 

The at-home teeth whitening kits you can buy over the counter have the lowest concentration of peroxide, and are therefore less effective and need to be used more often. Most dentists recommend that you do not use an at-home kit for more than two consecutive weeks, and you do not repeat treatment for at least 6 months.

Safely brighten your smile

Your best bet for effective, long-lasting, and safe teeth whitening is through a professional. Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry offers expert teeth whitening in Rocky Point, NY.  Our in-office and at-home Sinsational Smiles teeth whitening systems are carefully tailored to each patient.

Ready to transform your smile? Contact Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot today!

Additional Resources:

  1. WebMD, Teeth Whitening and Bleaching, https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#1
  2. New Beauty, How Often Should You Be Whitening Your Teeth, https://www.newbeauty.com/hottopic/blogpost/9166-how-often-should-you-be-whitening-your-teeth/
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