Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Tooth enamel naturally dulls over time, developing a yellow or brown tint. This occurs due to age as the enamel thins and from consuming foods and beverages that stain teeth.
If your teeth are looking dull and you’re considering teeth whitening products or treatments, you may have some questions. One of the most common questions about teeth whitening is: how long do the results last? Here’s what you can expect.
The Results Depend on the Product
Not all teeth whitening products will give the same results, and not all results will last the same amount of time. The biggest factor in lasting results is the type of whitening treatment. Whitening products and treatments include:
- Store bought whitening toothpastes. Teeth whitening toothpaste that you can buy at your local pharmacy or grocery store may whiten your teeth a shade or two. These usually contain an abrasive ingredient such as baking soda to scrub away stains and a bleaching ingredient such as hydrogen peroxide. The results may last a few days to a few weeks, but you’ll most likely need to keep using the toothpaste daily to maintain your results. The problem with using abrasive toothpaste long term is that it can eventually damage your enamel.
- Store bought whitening strips. Most consumers agree that the most effective over the counter product is whitening strips. These are clear plastic strips containing hydrogen peroxide that you apply to your teeth on a daily basis according to the instructions. You should see more noticeable results than with whitening toothpaste. Results will most likely last longer, around 3-4 months.
- Professional take home whitening treatment. Professional whitening treatment refers to the type your dentist can provide for you. Think of it like prescription-strength teeth whitening that can be used under the recommendation of your dentist. Professional whitening treatments contain carbamide peroxide, which is stronger and more effective than hydrogen peroxide. Take-home teeth whitening includes a custom-made tray for you to use at home for even application of the whitening agent. You’ll see dramatic results in as little as 2 weeks. Results can last anywhere from 9 months to a year or longer with regular touch-ups.
- Professional in-office whitening treatment. In-office whitening treatment is applied by your dentist in the dental chair. This allows for careful application and monitoring of the results to ensure you achieve a natural appearance. You’ll see dramatic results in just one treatment that can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years. Results last longer with periodic touch-ups at home.
Which Whitening Treatment is Best?
If your goal is dramatic results that will last as long as possible, your best option would be professional whitening treatment. In fewer applications you’ll have noticeably whiter teeth that stay white for longer than store bought products. Professional whitening products may cost more up front, but you won’t have to purchase more and reapply as often as you would with over the counter whitening products. The active ingredient in professional whitening treatment is safe for your teeth and less likely to cause sensitivity.
Where Can I Go For Professional Whitening Treatment?
Wilson Park Dental provides professional teeth whitening treatment that is safe and effective. We provide both in-office and take home treatments for your convenience. If you choose the take home option, we will create a set of custom trays to apply your whitening treatment comfortably and evenly. For in-office treatment we will schedule an appointment for your one time application.