How Often to Whiten Teeth?

Your smile is your calling card. If it is yellowed, it does not present the same impression that a healthy white smile gives. If you are planning to upgrade your smile, you may have wondered how often to whiten teeth in order to receive the result you desire. This depends quite a bit on the type of teeth whitening system you choose to use.

First, it is a good idea to get a professional cleaning to remove stains and tartar and to start with freshly cleaned teeth. Next, you have to decide which type of products you plan to use. The products that work the best and quickest are usually those offered by your dentist. He will fit special trays to your teeth and give you a whitening solution to place in the trays to use daily. He will tell you how often to whiten teeth with his system, and how often it can be repeated after the initial treatment. These products are also the most expensive, so if you don't have the cash to go this route, you will want to look at other options. These other options include natural home remedies.

Over-the-counter products can also be very effective, but vary in strength. You will want to compare the strength of the hydrogen peroxide to help you get an idea of how well and quickly they work. It is very important to read all of the directions on the packaging so you will know how often to whiten teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is a harsh chemical, and if used in large quantities or too frequently, it can cause tooth sensitivity, gum sensations, and even discoloration. However, many of the products with a lower strength are safer to use daily or even multiple times daily. There are so many options that it is impossible to discuss them all, but if you are using a fairly strong (22%) or higher concentration of the active ingredients, you may not want to use it more frequently than weekly. For best results follow the directions on the package of that particular product.

Once you have achieved your desired white smile, you will want to maintain good dental hygiene in order to preserve the whiteness of your teeth. How often to whiten teeth will depend on how you feel about your smile, but every six months to a year might be a good way to go. That way you can keep your smile bright without running the risk of making your teeth sensitive.

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