How Often Should You Whiten Your Teeth At Home? [Sensible Dental Advice]

How often should you whiten your teeth at home is a commonly asked question in the world of teeth whitening.

How often should you whiten teeth at home

The answer to this depends on what type of teeth whitening solution or process you are using. Most teeth whitening products will have different treatment plans and timetables.

Another factor is the extent of yellowing or staining on your teeth. The worse it is the longer the treatment and the more applications of the product you may need. The key is to read the instructions. Then you can determine how to achieve the best results from the product you have chosen to use.

Knowing the cause of your discolored and stained teeth is also helpful.

It is very important to remember that your teeth are delicate. It is advisable not to overuse any teeth whitening product. Excessive use may cause damage instead of enhancement.

How Often Should You Whiten Your Teeth At Home?

Let’s have a look at the different teeth bleaching kits and time frames associated with them.

Today, being able to achieve a bright smile in the comfort of your own home is becoming easier. There is a myriad of products on the market to choose from. It comes down to personal choice as to which method you think will be the best for you.

When it comes to home treatments the concentrations of whitening chemicals like hydrogen or carbamide peroxide are usually lower than dentists would use. This is a safety feature and has been specially formulated for consumer safety. Let’s be honest, most of us are untrained and unqualified in dental procedures.

Therefore, home treatments usually need more applications to achieve the desired results.

Teeth Whitening Methods

You may be surprised at the variety of methods available to you:

  • Toothpaste
  • Strips
  • Gels
  • Powders
  • Pens
  • Trays
  • LED light

You may have to do a bit of research as what each method requires, the costs and the estimated time to see results.

Here are some general guidelines to help you on your way:-

Toothpaste

Teeth whitening toothpaste is the easiest to use and maintain usage of. It is advisable to use this once or twice a week to keep yellowing at bay and remove surface stains. 

Use your regular toothpaste for the rest of the week.

Strips

A typical teeth whitening strip will need to be applied daily – twice a day – for two to three weeks.

Even though you will see results after a couple of days it is advisable to continue using them for the recommended duration stated by the manufacturer to get optimal results.

Gels

As with strips these usually need to be applied once or twice a day for 10 to 14 days for best results.

Powders

Powders should be applied at least up to 3 minutes every day for 3 to 5 days. This is a very general time frame.

There are a variety of different teeth whitening powders available. These all have varying amounts of the whitening agents incorporated into their formulas. Follow the recommended instructions in all cases.

Pens

As with all methods – results will vary according to the individual and frequency of usage. The average time frame is 1 to 2 weeks using once or twice a day.

Gels

There are different strengths of bleaching gels.

Some gels vary in strength between 10%, 15% or 16%. They can be used for 2 to 4 hours once or twice/day or even overnight while sleeping if no sensitivity is recorded.

Gels between 20 and 22% should be used for 30 minutes to 1 hour once or twice per day for no longer than 1 hour.

All can be used up to 1 to 2 weeks.

LED Light

LED lights can be used up to 20 minutes per session 3 times a week.

Please remember that these time frames are only guidelines.

We cannot stress enough that you should ALWAYS follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Dentists usually recommend that you do not use home dental treatments for more than 2 weeks at a time. Another suggestion is not to use the teeth whitening product again for at least 6 months after completing treatment.

Warning Signs Of Tooth Whitening

There is always the fear that you may be over-whitening.

There are 3 general signs that you must look out for:

  1. Tooth sensitivity to heat and cold
  2. Inflamed or bleeding gums
  3. Teeth looking blue or transparent along the edges

If you experience any of these symptoms – stop using the product immediately. You do not want to permanently damage your teeth for the sake of a little vanity.

How To Preserve Your White Teeth After Whitening

How To Preserve Your White Teeth After Whitening

Once you have reached the shade that you are happy with – you then progress to the maintenance part of teeth whitening.

After all the hard work you have put into achieving your beautiful smile, it is well worth the effort to maintain the results as long as possible.

Understanding the factors that caused the yellowing and discoloration of your teeth will determine your maintenance strategy.

Good Oral Hygiene

This is, and always will be, the most important maintenance procedure.

  • Brush correctly.
  • Floss to prevent tartar and plaque build-up which also contribute to gum recession.

Stop Smoking

The nicotine and tar cause extreme discoloration of your teeth.

Drink Through A Straw

It may sound silly but if you imbibe in a high quantity of acidic drinks such as orange juice, this is advisable. It will prevent these beverages from coming into direct contact with the surface of your teeth and prevent staining.

Reduce Intake of Stain-Causing Foods And Beverages

Black CoffeeYou will be surprised what affects your teeth. Reduce these items as much as possible and clean your teeth properly after consumption.

  • Wine
  • Tea and coffee
  • Sodas
  • Berries and pomegranates
  • Sweets
  • Tomato sauce
  • Curries

Regular Dental Checkups

Check for cavities, decay, and tartar or plaque build-up. Get a scale or polish. This will eliminate bad elements and prolong your whitening procedure.

Brush With A Whitening Toothpaste

This will help maintain the brightness.

Drink and Rinse with Water

Water rinses any staining compounds away from your teeth. This, in turn, dilutes any acid build-up.

In Conclusion

So… how often should you whiten your teeth at home?

As many times as the product allows to achieve a whiter smile – and only one or two sessions a year.

The moral of the story is good hygiene habits and – less is better. You need to be realistic about the results you can achieve safely without damaging teeth permanently.

And when you have reached your goal – maintenance is the key.

Happy hunting and enjoy your new smile.

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