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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last? 

May 11 2022

Getting your teeth whitened is a procedure that can leave you feeling much more confident in your smile—everyone loves pearly whites! But before you think of a professional teeth whitening as a one-time expense, it’s important to familiarize yourself with how long teeth whitening procedures last and what you can do to extend a teeth whitening treatment and reduce stains. For answers to any other questions you have, reach out to Distinctive Dental Solutions directly today. 

Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments

The first thing to think about when considering how long whitening treatments will last is the types of whitening treatments out there. Common types of teeth whitening include:

Over-the-counter treatments, such as:

  • Whitening strips
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Whitening gels and trays
  • Whitening gum

Professional treatments, such as:

  • High-concentration gels
  • High-concentration gels/topical solutions combined with high-intensity light
  • Professional take-home gels/trays

In general, professional treatments are much more likely to achieve desired results when compared to over-the-counter teeth whitening options. What’s more, they may also last longer!

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

The average teeth whitening treatment can last anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on the type of treatment that’s selected and the amount of attention and care the patient gives to their teeth. If you get a professional teeth whitening treatment, the results will likely be much more noticeable than they would be with a non-professional or over-the-counter treatment. This means that your teeth will be shades whiter than they would be otherwise, so the results of the whitening treatment may appear to last longer because it will take longer for your teeth to return to your original shade; with an over-the-counter option, you may only get one shade of whitening, which can easily be reverted. The biggest factor when thinking about how long a teeth whitening treatment lasts, though, is how well you protect your teeth from stains after the whitening treatment. 

How to Keep Your Teeth Whiter for Longer

You can keep your teeth whiter for longer by avoiding stain-causing foods and practicing good oral hygiene. This includes:

  • Brushing after every meal
  • Flossing at least once daily (before bed)
  • Avoid the following stain-causing foods:
    • Tea
    • Coffee
    • Dark-colored sodas
    • Dark sauces, such as tomato-based sauces (which can also be acidic)
    • Balsamic vinegar
    • Soy sauce
    • Berries and beets
    • Dark-colored fruit juices
    • Red wine

Call Distinctive Dental Solutions Today

To learn more about professional whitening options and how to extend the length of your teeth whitening services, call Distinctive Dental Solutions directly today. We are accepting new patients.

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