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How Often Do You Need To Have Your Teeth Whitened?



How often do you need to have your teeth whitened?

Teeth are one of your most noticeable physical features. You want to be able to smile broadly, without being self conscious, because you have stained teeth. There are many daily habits and practices that can make it more likely for tooth staining to occur, such as smoking or drinking red wine or coffee. If you have staining on your teeth, you may be thinking of teeth whitening as a solution. But how long does this last?

Let’s take a look at the different teeth whitening options available. The processes are all different, and the results last for different lengths of time; you need to decide which is the best option for you.

Using a toothpaste to whiten your teeth

Many people use a teeth whitening toothpaste, because it’s an affordable option. The problem is that whitening toothpaste only removes light stains from your teeth. There is a good chance that you will not be completely satisfied with the results. Because results are often limited, people can become tempted to use the toothpaste more and more. This is not a good idea, because using teeth whitening toothpaste too often can damage your tooth enamel, over time.

Making use of a home teeth whitening kit

  • There are many teeth whitening kits on offer, which can help you remove staining from your teeth. All of these kits work in a similar way to each other; gel or cream is applied to the teeth and sometimes an LED light is also used. You will normally find that you have to use one of these kits two to three times to get the best possible result. But, do not be tempted to use home teeth whitening kits too often. If you choose this method of teeth whitening, the results should last for around three months.

Having your teeth whitened in the dentist’s office

The teeth whitening processes we have looked at so far do not have long lasting results. Professional teeth whitening provides results that can last as long as a year. The downside of the process is that it’s the most expensive option. This is because it has to be carried out by a professional, due to the use of stronger bleach and LED lighting. If you want to produce teeth whitening results that last longer then this is your best option. It costs more than other methods but the results are better in the short and long term.

It’s important to note that not everyone is suitable for teeth whitening; you need to speak to a dental professional about what is best for you. They can advise you on the best course of action.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea about the different teeth whitening options which are available to you. The length of time that results last depends on the condition of your teeth in the first place, and which teeth whitening option you choose.

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