If you are looking at whitening your teeth then one of the questions you will have is: How long does teeth whitening last?
Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer to this question - IT DEPENDS. It depends on 2 things so let's have a look at them.
1. What you use to whiten your teeth?
Over the Counter Products If you use Over the Counter whitening toothpastes and gels, then these products give marginal improvements to your teeth colour, and these improvements will generally last for less time than professional products.
Take Home Tooth Whitening Professional tooth whitening systems use a gel in custom made trays to whiten your teeth over 2-3 weeks. After you reach your desired shade then you maintain your whiter smile using the whitening gel every couple of months.
In Chair Tooth Whitening The best and longest whitening results come from having in chair whitening. We use the Zoom! whitening system where the teeth are upto 6-8 shades whiter in just over 1 hour. These results will typically last for 2-3 years but this can be stretched even further using take home whitening that we also provide as part of having your teeth whitened.
Your results are also influenced by our next factor...
2. How you look after your teeth after they are whitened?
The end result and how long your teeth are looking whiter for all comes down to how well you look after your teeth after treatment.
Certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, red wine, tomato sauces, beetroots and berries. Smoking will also stain your teeth and make them more yellow.
For a person who avoids these staining foods, drinks and smoking, they will be able to maintain the whiteness of their teeth for longer compared to someone who frequently consumes them.
I am not saying that you should avoid all of these things (other than smoking) - just that they influence the length that the results will last.
Brush your teeth twice a day and have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. This will prolong the results of your whitening proceedure.
We have many years of experience helping patients achieve a whiter / brighter smile. If you are interested please give us a call to discuss it today. 3378 0033
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