How Many Teeth Whitening Sessions Do You Need?

Want dazzling pearly whites but not sure what to do or how many teeth whitening sessions you need? We have the answers.

Teeth whitening products and services are a great way to have incredible-looking teeth that shine and make you look amazing. It’s an easy and affordable way to restore your teeth to pristine condition in a way that toothpastes never really do, even those that promise to whiten your teeth several shades within weeks or even days. But with so many teeth whitening products now available, because there’s big demand for white teeth, how do you know which is the right one for you?

And if you do decide on a particular product or service from your dentist, how many teeth whitening sessions do you need from then on? Is it a case that you have to do it daily, or have it done at your dentist’s every week — and is that all going to take a huge chunk of your time — and cash? It’s no wonder that so many people are confused about teeth whitening and what it entails, and that’s why we decided to write this blog — to give you the answers you need to get the teeth whitening service you want.

A Cautionary Note about Teeth Whitening

Some people feel they can do their own teeth whitening, using a variety of everyday substances or specialist products they buy in the supermarket, and then do their own DIY teeth whitening at home. Perhaps it’s due to the vast amount of information about this on the internet — some of which says, for example, that using the baking ingredient bicarbonate of soda is great for whitening teeth.

The result of that, however, is that the enamel can be damaged as the material is quite abrasive, and this can lead to problems, such as cavities forming. Other DIY products, like teeth whitening strips and pens, can lead to tooth sensitivity and gum irritation, as they usually contain hydrogen peroxide, a harsh bleaching agent used in hair dyes.

You may have seen some beauty salons advertising teeth whitening services, but these are most likely illegal and best avoided. In the UK, for instance, an investigation found many beauty salons offering teeth whitening and it resulted in the prosecution of dozens of people. One salon owner was fined thousands of pounds and told by magistrates that she was, in effect, pretending to be a dentist by providing teeth whitening services.

So How Many Teeth Whitening Sessions Do You Need?

The best way to have your teeth whitened, so you don’t risk damaging them and get great results, is to simply have a consultation with your dentist. They will be able to advise you about the entire process, and some, like us, provide professional teeth whitening kits that can be used at home once an initial examination is done to ensure your teeth are in good condition and suitable for the treatment.

What we do with our teeth whitening system is take an impression of your teeth and then create a bleaching tray that perfectly matches their shape. This is important so that the solution placed in it has maximum contact with your teeth and you get effective results. As for how many teeth whitening sessions you need with a system like this, it’s generally done at home over a period of seven to 14 days — so in up to two weeks you could have noticeably whiter and brighter teeth, and your smile will be transformed.

Most patients will not have any side effects from this type of teeth whitening system. A few may experience mild sensitivity, but that will soon pass and will not lead to any damage of the enamel. It’s important to note that while your natural teeth will be many shades lighter, it won’t have any effect on dentures, crowns and veneers or bridges.

For more information about professional teeth whitening that delivers incredible results and that you can do in the comfort of your home, contact The James Clinic today. Soon, you could have dazzling teeth and an amazing smile.