My dentist told me I have to wait until next year for another Zoom whitening session. She said that I’ve whitened my teeth too much and I need to take a break. I do admit that I am somewhat OCD about whitening and I want to keep going to see how white my teeth can get. My dentist thinks I’m going to ruin my teeth if I keep going. I use the at-home kit every 2 weeks, but I just want her to give me another boost with treatment in the office. Should I switch to another dentist? Thank you. Yasmina
Excessive teeth whitening can cause your teeth to become translucent or very sensitive. If your dentist is refusing to complete another Zoom in-office treatment, there are probably good reasons for it. No doubt, your dentist examined your teeth before making the recommendation. There might be signs of the enamel wearing away.
It’s a good idea to give your teeth a break. If you whiten them too much, they can become discolored, thin, brittle, and increasingly sensitive to heat and hold.
If you want more Zoom whitening sessions because it seems your teeth are staining quickly, try to limit things that promote stains, including:
After using any of the above products, rinse your teeth with water immediately afterward. It will dilute the substances and limit the amount of stain in your teeth.
Speak with your dentist again and ask her why she is limiting your Zoom whitening sessions. Listen closely to understand her viewpoint and why she thinks your teeth need to be protected from over-bleaching. If you continue to whiten your teeth regardless of the recommendation, the results can be damaging and do more harm than good.
You can also schedule an appointment for a second opinion on Zoom whitening from an experienced cosmetic dentist.
This post is sponsored by NJ accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.