How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Team Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is simply the best way to make your smile look bright and new again. If your teeth are yellow or stained, effective, easy professional teeth whitening is the solution. 

Most people experience stains and yellowing of teeth at some point. Teeth whitening will improve the look of your teeth and provide a more youthful, brighter smile. Professional teeth whitening doesn’t harm your teeth, and your dentist can provide both in-office and at-home whitening kits.

How long cosmetic teeth whitening will last depends on the type of treatment used and your own oral hygiene.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In just one visit to your dentist’s office, you’ll find your teeth can be up to 8 shades more white. A special laser light activates bleaching agents applied directly to your teeth for quick and attractive results. 

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Unlike over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, which may not be effective or can harm your teeth, a professional take-home whitening kit provided by your dentist is an excellent option, especially if you are experiencing only minor stains or discoloration. Your dentist will design a set of personalized whitening trays along with providing a bleaching gel, and providing you with instructions on use. 

Additionally, take-home whitening kits can also be used to maintain the bright look of in-office whitening results. 

What Causes Tooth Staining?

Teeth can grow stained for a many reasons, including:

  • Consuming coffee, tea, red wine, some berries, citrus fruits, carrots
  • Medication use including tetracycline
  • Smoking 
  • Over use of fluoride resulting in mottled white spots 
  • Aging 

Regardless of the reason, professional teeth whitening is a simple solution.

Does Teeth Whitening Last?

While not permanent, teeth whitening can last for a number of years. Many in-office whitening treatments last up to 3 years; professional at-home treatment is less lasting, but provides much longer-term results than over-the-counter whitening treatments, tooth pastes, and whitening strips. Professional at home treatments only need to be used for short periods of time after your teeth reach the shade you desire.  

So, while teeth whitening won’t last forever, you can definitely extend the whiter, brighter look of your teeth with good dental hygiene, and by staying away from food and beverages that can stain teeth. 

Extending the Shine of Teeth Whitening

The best way to extent the look of your newly whitened, shiny teeth is by following some simple and basic steps, including: 

  • Regular professional dental cleaning every six months
  • Good dental hygiene with brushing and flossing twice a day
  • Avoiding dark colored food and beverages for a week after whitening
  • Sipping dark beverages such as red wine and tea with a straw when possible
  • Follow up or maintenance whitening as recommended by your dentist

Remember, tooth whitening treatments reduce stains, but they won’t repel them. If you have good dental hygiene habits, professional dental procedures last longer.

 Ready to Learn More About Teeth Whitening?

So, whether you’re looking for in-office or at-home teeth whitening, Ballas Dental is ready to help. Our dental team is skilled and experienced in professional teeth whitening. 

When you’re ready to learn more or schedule an appointment online? Reach out to us today, and let us help you make your smile look its best and brightest!