How Long Tooth Whitening Should Last When You Get It Done with Us
Posted on 3/25/2019 by Dr. VanBrunt
Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that we offer. The tooth whitening treatments are painless, don't take loads of your time and depending on the method you choose may take only one visit. We can also give you the option of doing it yourself at home, but with trays that are made specifically for the shape of your teeth and mouth.
Having your teeth whitened by us has several advantages over the do it yourself products bought in the store. First, they are tailored specifically for you. We can determine, based on the type of discoloration, which product or method would work best. We can also give you professional advice on how to care for your teeth after the procedure, to make the whitening effects last their longest.
We can also ensure there is no decay or gum disease that should be fixed before you start. Not only can either make the process fail, but they can also cause you discomfort and tooth sensitivity if the problems are not corrected first.
Will It Last a Long Time? If you have your teeth whitening done professionally you will see the results almost immediately. Because of the compounds used to whiten your teeth, both professionally or over the counter, within a couple of weeks, your teeth may look slightly darker. This is because the compounds dehydrate your teeth, and the as the teeth rehydrate, they darken somewhat.
Frequently we will have you use an in-home tray, made just for you, to correct this issue. Though the lasting effect depends to an extent on your oral hygiene habits, smoking, and drinking of coffee, tea, or soda. Most patients are still quite satisfied after a year and some are still pleased up to seven years. Much of this depends on you. If you contact us, we can explain all of the options for you and answer any questions you may have.