Many patients are curious about how often they can whiten their teeth at home. Our Surrey dentists answer this question and explain how teeth whitening can help your smile in this post.
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Why would I whiten my teeth?
Do you smoke, drink dark-coloured beverages such as tea, cola or coffee, or take certain medications? If so, you may have noticed that your teeth aren't as white as they were previously. Even just the normal process of aging can significantly impact the appearance of your smile.
With at-home teeth whitening options from your dentist at Guildford Heights Dental Centre, you can effectively eliminate years of discolouration and stains from your teeth. Whether you're hoping to reveal your whiter smile this Christmas season or just want to feel a boost in confidence, whitening results can last for months — or as long as a year or more depending on a few factors.
A solid at-home oral hygiene routine, along with attending regular dental appointments, will be critical elements to keep in mind while maintaining your whiter smile.
How often should I whiten my teeth?
We recommend to patients that they avoid whitening their teeth too often, as over-whitening can cause sensitivity issues and make your teeth appear translucent. We advise whitening your teeth just once a year, whether professionally or at home.
This should keep sensitivity from becoming a problem while helping you maintain a white, natural-looking smile. Typically, professional-grade whitening solutions from your dentist's office last about a year. This means you shouldn't require a touchup for that amount of time.
How can I keep my smile white?
After you whiten your teeth, your goal will be to avoid staining or discolouration in the future. If you smoke, now is the best time to quit. Cutting back on dark-coloured beverages such as cola or coffee and replacing them with water will also help.
You might want to use a whitening toothpaste to help remove discolouration and stains before they worsen. Discuss whitening with your dentist and always let them know when you last whitened your teeth before doing a retreatment.
Teeth Whitening in Surrey
Our Surrey dentists are always happy to answer any questions you may have about teeth whitening or other preventive, restorative or cosmetic services offered at our practice. Schedule a consultation today to find out more about our teeth whitening options and whether you would be a candidate.