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How Long Should Your Tooth Whitening Last?

Posted on 4/13/2017 by Doctor Schwei
A patients smile before, and after a tooth whitening treatment.
Discolored teeth can be a huge problem. They may not cause any significant health issues, but they can greatly affect your confidence. Imperfect teeth cause you to hide your smile in any way you can - grinning with your lips closed, laughing behind your hand, turning your head away.

These actions can also have an effect on the way others see you. Tooth whitening can help to restore your smile to a bright white shine that can help restore your confidence and have you smiling wide once again.

Options for Tooth Whitening

There are a couple of different options for tooth whitening. You can purchase whitening products over the counter to use at home on your own schedule. These products include whitening toothpastes, strips and pens.

For more stubborn, set in stains, your best option is a professional tooth whitening. The bleaching agents used by your dentist are stronger, and provide a better, faster result. Professional whitening options include an in-office procedure or whitening trays that you can take home.

How Long Does Whitening Last?

Typically, professional whitening can last as long as three years. More, if you take care of your teeth properly. Most patients, however, will often start to notice a change in color after one to three years. The exact length of time, however, depends upon how you treat your teeth.

What Affects Results?
There are several factors that can affect the results of your whitening such as:

•  The foods you eat and beverages you drink.
•  Lifestyle habits.
•  Oral hygiene practices.

How to Make Whitening Last

Taking proper care of your teeth after a whitening procedure can help the effects to last.

•  Avoid, or at least limit, staining foods and beverages (coffee, tea, red wine, grape juice, tomato based products).
•  Drink through a straw.
•  Quit smoking.
•  Brush and floss your teeth regularly.

With the right care after your whitening procedure, you can rest assured that you will have a bright white smile that you can't help but show off. Contact our office today to learn more.

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