Our dentists at Saba Road Dental Center can recommend a variety of methods for keeping your teeth white, including at-home whitening kits. Today, our dentists in Richmond discuss how often you should whiten your teeth and how to keep them white.
What are some reasons to whiten my teeth?
The shade of your teeth is affected by many factors, such as your age or the substances you ingest or even if you smoke. Even with diligent oral hygiene routines, stains can still accumulate. In some cases, professional teeth whitening can be a good option to help to lighten and restore your smile.
Keep in mind that even with professional whitening, a good at-home dental care routine, along with attending regular oral hygiene appointments are important when it comes to maintaining the results of your whiter smile.
How often is it safe to do teeth whitening?
It is recommended that you only whiten your teeth once a year, regardless of the method you use. If you whiten your teeth too frequently, they will likely become translucent and more sensitive.
Once a year teeth whitening can help you keep your smile looking white and natural while lowering sensitivity. The average lifespan of our dental office's professional-grade whitening kits is one year before you need to retouch.
How can I make my white smile last?
You should follow certain instructions after teeth whitening to make sure the procedure is effective. Stop smoking right away if you do. To keep your smile bright, stay away from dark beverages and use whitening toothpaste. To find out which one you can or should use, speak with your dentist.
Along with taking the steps listed above, you should also ensure that you visit your dentist once a year in order to help keep your smile looking bright.
Teeth Whitening in Richmond
With our at-home whitening kits, you may be able to achieve a brighter and whiter smile. If you and your dentist agree that at-home teeth whitening is a good option for your smile, you will need to visit our office twice to get started.
Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth during the initial visit so that custom whitening trays can be made. We'll check that the trays fit properly at the second appointment, and we'll also give you the equipment and instructions you need to whiten your teeth at home.
When you discuss whitening with your dentist always let them know when you last whitened your teeth before doing another treatment.