How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Are you unhappy with your smile?

If the answer is yes, teeth whitening in Jackson may be a quick and effective way to revamp your smile. But, is it a long-term option, too?

Let's find out!

Factors That Can Affect Teeth Whitening Results

Your newly whitened smile can last anywhere from a couple of months to three years. How can the results be so different? It's because a lot of factors can influence the teeth whitening process. So, here's what to pay attention to before getting your teeth whitened.

The Method

Over-the-counter whitening strips are convenient, quick, and affordable, so we get why so many people are tempted to use them. However, you should also expect subpar results. First of all, the amount of bleaching agent is lower and less potent, meaning that you need multiple applications to get results similar to a professional whitening treatment. But, multiple uses can be dangerous as they can damage the enamel and irritate the gums.

On average, OTC whitening treatments last between a couple and six months with touch-ups required in between.

Profession whitening treatments, on the other hand, can last as long as a few years, making it a more cost-effective solution in the long term. Not to mention, you get the peace of mind that your oral health is protected. The quality of the products doesn't compare with anything available over-the-counter and the treatment is applied by a professional who knows exactly how and how much product to use.

And, if convenience is a factor, know that Jackson Family Dentistry offers both in-office and at-home whitening treatments.

The Type of Stain

It's important to know what you are dealing with so you can set your expectations. Internal stains, for example (those caused by trauma, certain medications, or aging,) are more difficult and you may not get the desired results even with professional whitening. In this case, you may want to consider a cosmetic alternative like veneers.

External stains, on the other hand, develop on the surface of the teeth and are usually caused by drinking or eating  or acidic foods like coffee, wine, dark chocolate, tomato sauce, soy sauce, etc. They can be covered by OTC solutions, but professional whitening is more effective and will provide lasting results.

Your Oral Care

Lastly, your oral hygiene will have a great impact on the longevity of your teeth whitening treatment. It doesn't matter if you opt for professional treatment or OTC whitening kits, if you neglect your oral hygiene, use tobacco products, and consume dark-colored or staining products on a regular basis, you can expect to see yellowing and discoloration sooner rather than later.

Looking for Professional Teeth Whitening? Call Us!

Whether you want the in-office experience or want to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home but still get professional results, at Jackson Family Dentistry you can have it all.

Book your appointment online or by calling us at 262-677-3003.