How long do teeth whitening results last?

How long do teeth whitening results last?

shutterstock_59344729After you have undergone a teeth whitening treatment, you get a major self-esteem boost and naturally, you want to make that last as long as possible. While an initial teeth whitening treatment won’t give you permanent results, you can take steps to extend the life of that treatment and maintain a stellar smile.

Getting your teeth whitening treatment from a cosmetic dentist will give you longer lasting results than an over-the-counter system. The bleaching gels tend to be stronger, and the trays used to hold them in place fit better, allowing the gel to have contact with more surfaces of the teeth.

Teeth whitening involves applying a bleaching gel to the enamel. With in-office systems, like ZOOM! teeth whitening, that gel is activated by a laser at a specific wavelength, creating a smile as many as 8-10 shades whiter in just an hour.

Patients can also opt for at-home systems in which the bleaching gel is worn in a custom-fitted tray overnight. With this approach, the patient can begin to see results in just a few days, but optimal outcomes are achieved after the trays are worn for several consecutive days.

The bleaching gel contains a peroxide that eliminates stains in the teeth’s enamel. That peroxide can also reverse yellowing of the teeth due to aging.

Most patients find that they need touch-up treatments after initial teeth whitening. Depending on your case, you may need a follow-up in a few months or even as long as a year. Patients can choose to get those re-whitening treatments in the office or have them in the comfort of their own home.

Patients can also take steps to prevent stains from recurring by limiting dark-colored foods and beverages like red wine and coffee. This allows you to go for longer periods between teeth whitening treatments.

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