Teeth whitening is a wonderful way to brighten teeth that have lost their luster. All teeth gradually discolor over time, though, so even professional whitening does not last forever. How often you should whiten your teeth depends on a number of factors. Here is what you should know.

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Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

In part, how often to whiten your teeth depends on the whitening method you choose:

At-Home Bleaching: We will take impressions of your teeth and create a personalized mouth tray. You will place the whitening gel in the tray and wear it home according to our directions. At-home bleaching typically takes 6 days and the results last for about a year.

Store-Bought Home Whitening Kits: Over the counter whitening is not as effective as professional bleaching, and it must be repeated more often. At best, expect the results to last for around six months.

Maintaining Your Smile

How often to have your teeth whitened also depends on how well you maintain your smile between whitening appointments. The first line of defense is impeccable oral hygiene. Brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste at least twice per day and floss at least once. Visit us for a professional cleaning twice per year.

Be cautious with tooth-staining foods and beverages. After consuming wine, berries, curry, balsamic vinegar, coffee, soda, or other tooth stainers, rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain water. The less time that these stain inducing items spend on your teeth, the less discoloration they will cause.

Although over the counter whitening kits are not as effective as professional whitening, they can be a great choice to extend the time between your professional whitening appointments. Read the package carefully, though, as you could damage your teeth if you use whitening products too often.

Ready to Get Started?

If you are ready to take the first steps toward improving your dental health, we invite you to contact Family Dental Care of Bellevue today at 425-643-5778 to make an appointment for your initial consultation.

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