How Often Should You Do Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening?

Posted on: March 29, 2021

Teeth Whitening Chevy Chase, MD

Considering undergoing professional teeth whitening treatment services? Even though there are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products to choose from nowadays, these generic options are often hit and miss. The fact that it is often very difficult for someone to know which generic whitening option might work for them makes it both easier and safer to choose in-office treatment.

How often is professional in-office whitening treatment necessary?

Choosing a dental professional to perform in-office teeth whitening procedures is smart, as they know exactly what to do for dental patients who want a whiter, brighter smile. Since many people who want whiter teeth live a very busy lifestyle, a common question about in-office teeth whitening procedures is how often they need to be performed. The answer is somewhere between six months and two years. It simply depends on each individual patient when it comes to how long they need to undergo additional whitening treatments to keep their teeth white and bright.

The in-office teeth whitening procedure

The information below allows those who are interested in choosing a dental professional to perform in-office whitening treatments to understand more about the procedure they will need to undergo.

Choosing a shade

The process starts by taking a digital image of the patient's teeth, as this allows a record to be made of the current shade of the patient's teeth. The patient then chooses the shade they want their teeth to be, with most patients choosing two to three shades whiter. For patients who need more whitening power, they can go up to nine shades with the approval of the dental professional.

Cleaning the teeth and applying the whitening solution

Next, the patient will have their teeth cleaned in order to remove any plaque that may be present, which also polishes the teeth. This process is necessary in order to allow the whitening solution to properly do its job. Once the cleaning process is over, the whitening solution will be applied to the teeth. The patient can expect this part of the treatment to take about 60 minutes.

Light is used to activate the solution

A special dental light is often used to speed up the process, as the light will increase the temperature of the whitening solution. This higher heat makes the whitening process go faster, as well as deepens the intensity of the whitening effect. The patient's gums are covered and thereby protected during the entire in-office whitening procedure, making undergoing a whitening procedure from a professional dentist a safe and effective process.

Are you due for a professional teeth whitening treatment?

Ready to undergo professional teeth whitening services? Those who want to be sure that their whitening procedure is one that is performed in a safe and efficient manner need to be under the supervision of a dental professional. This is the main reason why in-office teeth whitening procedures are now so popular, with additional reasons being that this whitening option supports long-lasting results.

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