How Often Can You Whiten Your Teeth?

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When you’re unhappy with the way that your teeth look in Joplin, MO, Dr. Brett Cotham and Dr. James M. Lewis at 32nd Street Dental can help. We offer both take-home and in-office teeth whitening for our patients looking to brighten their smiles. Professional teeth whitening is a viable cosmetic dentistry solution for many of our patients with stained or discolored teeth. Getting the white smile you’ve always dreamed of is easy with the help of our professional teeth whitening service.

Is teeth whitening good for your teeth?

A smile that has stains can lead to you feeling self-conscious all of the time. Teeth whitening is safe for your teeth. At 32nd Street Dental, our patients in Joplin, MO have seen many benefits from this cosmetic dentistry procedure. Most patients can see results with professional teeth whitening. Whether you choose in-office teeth whitening or at-home teeth whitening, your experience will be based on your goals for your smile. While at-home teeth whitening is effective and safe for your teeth, it isn’t as effective as in-office teeth whitening, which can brighten the teeth several shades in less than one hour.

Professional teeth whitening options

Dr. Cotham and Dr. Lewis offer two different types of teeth whitening services to their patients. They include:

  1. Take-home teeth whitening: This type is performed at home with a prescription-strength Opalescence teeth whitening system. This system gradually whitens the teeth in about a week. Our cosmetic dentist will take impressions of your teeth and custom design your mouth trays. To help you get the results that you’re looking for, we will select a peroxide gel percentage based on your starting shade. We will provide you detailed instructions on how to use these trays correctly and how to get the best results.

  2. In-office teeth whitening: At our Joplin, MO dental office, we offer Zoom! Whitespeed teeth whitening. In just one hour, we can brighten our patients’ teeth up to eight shades. We always take great care to cover your soft tissue, so it won’t be irritated during the whitening process. We apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to the teeth, which we activate with an LED dental light. This process is repeated several times in 15-minute sessions during your procedure. In-office teeth whitening will provide much faster results than the at-home option.

How often can I whiten my teeth?

Dr. Cotham and Dr. Lewis recommend one in-office whitening treatment a year with at-home whitening treatments in between. Every patient will be on a different whitening schedule depending on their oral health and the natural shade of their enamel. We can provide more specifics related to your teeth at an initial consultation.

How to keep teeth white and healthy

You can maintain a whiter smile after your teeth whitening by staying hydrated. Water will rinse away foods and beverages that can stain the teeth. Always rinse your mouth after a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. Using a straw also helps to keep these staining beverages off of your enamel. Routine dental cleanings and regular dental examinations keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

What happens when you whiten your teeth too often?

If you whiten your teeth too often, you may experience tooth sensitivity. Inflamed or bleeding gums can also occur as it is a reaction to the whitening ingredients. Thinning tooth enamel can lead to nerve damage after excessive teeth whitening.

Learn how teeth whitening can brighten your smile in Joplin, MO

Teeth whitening is one cosmetic dentistry procedure that Dr. Brett Cotham and Dr. James Lewis use to brighten their patients’ teeth in Joplin, MO. At 32nd Street Dental, we can use teeth whitening as a standalone treatment or in a smile makeover in order to whiten the teeth. Cosmetic dentistry plans are customized for each patient and their goals for their smile. After you have teeth whitening at our dental office, you will no longer feel the need to hide your teeth. To schedule a smile makeover consultation to learn if teeth whitening is best for you, call our Joplin, MO office today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.