When is the Best Time to Whiten Your Teeth | Boston, MA | Arch Street Dental

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Professional tooth whitening is a great way to freshen up your smile and give your whole face a brighter look. It's a quick and easy procedure that your dentist can perform in under an hour, and it gives great results. So when is the best time to have this procedure?

Choose the Right Time for Best Results

In general, there’s no “best” time to have your teeth professionally whitened—you can have this procedure any time you’re not happy with the color of your teeth. However, there are some situations in which it might be wise to wait before having a whitening procedure.

Oral health issues

If you have any oral health problems such as exposed root surfaces, dry mouth, or highly sensitive teeth, talk to your dentist for advice before having your teeth whitened. They might suggest having alternative treatments before whitening, to make sure your oral health is the best it can be.

Smoking and beverages

Are you a smoker, or do you have a heavy coffee or tea habit that has caused tooth staining? If so, consider giving up or reducing those habits before having your teeth whitened. This will ensure your teeth stay white and bright for longer, so you’ll need fewer retouches after the initial treatment.


For instance, if you’re taking medication that causes tooth discoloration, it would be a good move to finish the course of medication before having your teeth whitened. Medications that can cause discoloration include:

  • Antihistamines such as Benadryl;
  • Antipsychotic drugs;
  • Some kinds of high blood pressure medications;
  • Mouthwashes that contain the active ingredients chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride.
  • Some antibiotics can cause discoloration. However, this occurs mostly in children, and it’s rare for antibiotics to cause discoloration of adult teeth.
  • An acne medication called minocycline can cause the teeth to take on a black or gray tint.

Note that some of these medications cause tooth discoloration that even professional whitening can’t remove. This is because the discoloration goes throughout the entire tooth, rather than just the surface. If your teeth are stained in this way, talk to your dentist about alternatives to chemical whitening.

Contact Us Today to Learn More about Tooth Whitening

Interested in having your teeth professionally whitened, or would you just like to learn more about the procedure? Call us today at Arch Street Dental to schedule an appointment!

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