How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Team Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

If you want your smile to shine fresh and bright, professional teeth whitening is the best way to do just that. Whether your teeth are stained or yellow, professional teeth whitening is an easy and effective solution. 

You’ll find that most people will have stains and yellowing of teeth over time. Teeth whitening is the simple solution, improving the look of your teeth and providing a youthful, brighter looking smile. And professional teeth whitening won’t harm your teeth, it’s as safe as it is effective. Your dental team can offer you both in-office and at-home whitening kits.

But, how long does teeth whitening last? The answer depends on both the type of treatment you choose and your own dental 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 Luz Hernandez, DDS we use the GLO whitening system which activates whitening with light and heat for great results in just 30 to 40 minutes.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Unlike over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, which can be less effective and possibly harm teeth, a professional take-home whitening kit from your dentist is an excellent option, and is a great idea if you are only experiencing minor stains or discoloration. Your dentist will design a set of personalized whitening trays provided to you along with a bleaching gel, and instructions on use. 

Take-home whitening kits can also be successfully used to maintain the bright look of your in-office whitening results. Professional at home treatments should only be used for short periods of time after your teeth reach the shade desired.

Why Do Teeth Stain? 

Teeth can become stained for a number of reasons, including:

  • Consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, some berries, citrus fruits, carrots
  • Medication use such as tetracycline
  • Smoking 
  • Over using fluoride which causes mottled white spots 
  • Aging 

Whatever the reason, professional teeth whitening is the simplest solution.

Does Teeth Whitening Last?

While teeth whitening is not permanent, it can last for years. In-office whitening treatments often last up to 3 years; professional at-home whitening treatment is less long lasting, but it offers considerably longer-term results than over-the-counter whitening treatments, whitening toothpastes, and whitening strips. 

So, although teeth whitening won’t last forever, you can extend that whiter and brighter look with good dental hygiene - regular brushing, flossing, and professional teeth cleaning from your dental office, and by staying away from food and beverages that can stain teeth. 

Extending the Shine of Teeth Whitening

In short, the best way to extend the look of your newly whitened, shiny teeth is by:

  • Regular dental cleaning every six months
  • Good dental hygiene - 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 will last longer.

Want to Learn More About Teeth Whitening?

At Luz Hernandez, DDS, we’re here to help with your teeth whitening needs, whether you’d prefer in-office or at-home teeth whitening. 

If you’re ready to learn more or schedule an appointment, reach out to us today, and let our skilled team help your smile to look its best and brightest!