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How Long Does Professional Teeth Whitening Last?

February 23, 2024
How Long Does Professional Teeth Whitening Last?

Teeth whitening, whether done at your dentist’s office or using a professional-grade take-home whitening kit from your dentist can safely and noticeably whiten your teeth. But how long will professional teeth whitening last? Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer because everyone’s teeth and lifestyle habits are unique. For some people, whitening results will last a year or longer. For others, the results may last six months or less. 

Differences Between In-Office and At-Home Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening performed at your dentist’s office, and take-home whitening kits from your dentist will produce better whitening results than over-the-counter products. The reason? In-office whitening and dental-grade take-home kits have greater concentrations of the whitening agent. 

Both in-office teeth whitening and professional-grade take-home whitening kits are excellent, affordable ways to brighten your smile. Here’s how they differ.

  • In-office teeth whitening produces excellent results in about one hour
  • Take-home whitening kits produce results gradually, over a couple of weeks
  • In-office whitening is performed by a dental professional
  • Take-home kits are the responsibility of the patient
  • In-office whitening requires an appointment
  • Take-home kits can be used at your convenient

Patients should know that dental restorations such as crowns and bridges will not respond to teeth whitening treatments. Therefore, if you have restorations on the front teeth, talk with your cosmetic dentist about alternative treatments to brighten your smile.

Likewise, teeth that are gray or brown, or those that were stained due to certain medications may not respond to teeth whitening. Other options such as dental crowns, dental bonding, or dental veneers may be an option to give you a whiter smile.

It is important for patients with sensitive teeth to know that whitening may increase sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth, talk with your dentist about treatment options. 

8 Ways to Maintain Results from Professional Teeth Whitening

Once you’ve had your teeth whitened, you’ll want to keep them white for as long as possible. 

To extend your results from professional teeth whitening, follow these helpful tips.

  1. Limit stain-causing foods and beverages (coffee, red wine, tea, bright/dark sauces)
  2. Use a whitening toothpaste at home
  3. Use a straw for dark sodas or juices
  4. Do not smoke, vape, or use smokeless tobacco
  5. Get professional dental cleanings every six months
  6. Brush twice daily for two full minutes
  7. Floss daily
  8. Brush or rinse mouth with water after eating

Frequently Asked Questions about Teeth Whitening 

Does teeth whitening hurt?

The whitening process doesn’t hurt at all. However, teeth whitening can cause temporary sensitivity in patients with no history of sensitivity. It may worsen sensitivity in patients who have sensitive teeth. Talk with your dentist about any concerns you have before scheduling an appointment for whitening.

Can I use CareCredit for teeth whitening? 

Yes. At Dunedin Dental Associates we accept CareCredit as payment for all dental treatments. 

Book a Cosmetic Dental Consultation in Dunedin, FL

If you’re ready to show off a brighter, whiter smile, Dunedin Dental Associates is here to help. As a top Google-reviewed dental practice, we provide comprehensive cosmetic dental treatments ranging from teeth whitening to dental implants and everything in between. To schedule a cosmetic dental consultation at Dunedin Dental Associates, call 727-734-3321 or send us a message.

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