The longevity of your teeth whitening treatment results will depend on the type of treatment, your dental hygiene and how often you expose your teeth to staining elements, such as coffee or tobacco smoke. Teeth whitening results are not permanent but can last for several years or more if your teeth are properly cared for.
Dr. Bruce Bosler of Bosler Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Vacaville handles many questions from patients about teeth whitening procedures. In this post, Dr. Bosler discusses how long the results of teeth whitening typically last.
Different Teeth Whitening Treatments Give Different Results
There are several different types of teeth whitening treatments, and each treatment offers different results. Whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter whitening strips offer less-noticeable results which may not last very long, while take-home whitening trays offer stronger levels of whitening.
However, the most dramatic results are achieved by professional, in-office whitening such as a ZOOM! whitening treatment, which makes teeth an average of eight shades whiter! These results will also last longer — patients typically experience results lasting about two years, although some see results that last even longer.
How to Make Your Whitening Results Last
To make the results of your teeth whitening treatments last even longer, there are a few things you can do:
- Use touch-up trays. Ask your Vacaville cosmetic dentist if take-home whitening trays should be used, and how often you should use them to maintain your results. This can be an effective way to extend the results of your ZOOM! whitening treatment.
- Practice good dental habits. Brush twice a day, floss daily and see your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam.
- Avoid adding new stains to your teeth. Limit your exposure to stains by minimizing your consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and other foods and beverages that can stain your teeth.
Learn More About How to Get Whiter, Brighter Teeth
If it has been several years or more since your last in-office whitening treatment, you may need another treatment to remove stains and brighten the surface of your teeth. An experienced cosmetic dentist can tell you more about achieving a whiter smile and making your results last.
For more information about teeth whitening treatments, contact Vacaville cosmetic dentist Dr. Bruce Bosler. Schedule a visit at Bosler Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry by calling 707-392-1019 today.