My dentist won’t give me any more Zoom Whitening sessions

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.

Photo of bleaching gel being applied to teeth for Zoom whitening, from Chatham, NJ cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.
Zoom whitening session

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:

  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Smoking
  • Wine

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.

My porcelain veneers are staining

My porcelain veneers are starting to stain at my gumline. It is noticeable on 2 of the veneers. I received 8 veneers in 2006, so it’s been 12 years since I got them. The color of the veneers actually looks good, but I noticed gray stain near my gumline after my dental cleaning. Could the hygienist have damaged my veneers? Is there a way to cover the gray, or will I need new veneers? – Liz

Liz – Porcelain veneers are color stable and they resist stain. As they age, the margin, or top edge, can separate from your gumline. This usually affects the first one or two millimeters at the edge of the veneers.

Photo of one porcelain veneer held by dental forceps, for information on microleakage from the Chatham, NJ office of Allyson Hurley, DDS.
Porcelain veneer

When veneers begin to separate from your gumline, microleakage can occur. Tiny particles or liquid can get between the veneer and your natural tooth. Based on the age of your veneers, it is unlikely that the problem is due to improper dental cleaning.

Correcting Microleakage in Porcelain Veneers

Stains from microleakage can’t be polished away. When veneers are new, a skilled cosmetic dentist might recommend the following steps to restore them:

  • Remove the veneer
  • Clean it and your tooth
  • Remove decay from the tooth
  • Bond the veneer on again

Older veneers need to be replaced to prevent decay. Visit an experienced cosmetic dentist for an examination. If the problem is due to particles leaking between your porcelain veneers and teeth, it is likely that the dentist will recommend replacing the veneers.

You should ask the dentist to examine your teeth for signs of your porcelain veneers separating from your gumline. It’s best to be proactive and address any issues instead of waiting for signs of microleakage. The average lifespan of veneers is 15 to 20 years, so if the dentist recommends replacing them, it might be to your advantage to do so.

This blog post is sponsored by Chatham, NJ accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.