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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Updated on January 6, 2015

When it comes to finding out more about teeth whitening and the effects that you can expect, it can vary depending on the specific type of procedure that you go through with. Teeth whitening can be done in varying processes both in and out of the office. Knowing how long the whitening will last can help you make a decision on which process to get or when to go back to the office to get a new whitening procedure done or even purchase one for in home. There have been studies done that show just how long each process has been shown to last for a variety of different patients that have had each of the procedures done. You should also keep a mental list of things you should and should not do in order to keep your teeth whiter for a longer period of time. This is also something that your cosmetic dentist will tell you about.

Lasting Effects

Depending on the specific type of procedure that you're going through, you may find that the results vary. This is also true from person to person as well. You may have better results than someone else that goes through the same teeth whitening procedure.

In Home Procedure – In home procedures can last a lower amount of time such as six months to a year, depending on the kit. Regular teeth whitening may be needed to keep the whitening affects and they may not get as white as you'd like them to be using these box kits. It may be a good idea to speak to your cosmetic dentist about the other procedures that are available.

In Office Procedure – The in office procedures that are done use higher doses of the gel solutions and lights to remove the stains from teeth. These tend to last a bit longer than in home procedures due to the high potency of the gels that are used. They tend to last around two to six years, depending on whether or not certain staining substances are stayed away from and whether or not regular cleaning and whitening processes are done from home.

Lifetime Procedure – Kor tooth whitening procedure and Zoom whitening procedure are both optimized to provide longer lasting results over the lifetime of the teeth. They both use highly effective gel solutions to whiten and bleach the teeth to make them the whitest that they can be.

Things to do to Keep Whiter Teeth Longer

Normally the cosmetic dentist that you're working with for your teeth whitening will let you know what should be avoided or what you can do to keep your teeth whiter for a longer period of time. With these tips and tricks, you're then able to keep the white on your teeth and not have to go through another procedure. These tips may not apply to those procedures that are supposed to be good for the lifetime of your teeth.

What to Avoid

Any foods or drinks that can stain the teeth should be avoided. These can be foods that are highly acidic such as strawberries and other fruits and vegetables with thick, solid, runny colors in them. Drinks are the ones that are more likely to cause the staining than other types of foods that you eat. These drinks could be teas or coffees that have dark additives that can stain the teeth. Wines are also able to stain the teeth easily.

Smoking tobacco products can also stain the teeth and should be stayed away from if at all possible. This is to maintain a healthier smile. It can also be better for your overall health orally and physically.

What to do

Always ensure that you stay on top of your regular oral hygiene by brushing and flossing each and every day, twice a day. You can also rinse with water or mouth wash after you eat or drink something with staining properties, or drink them through straws. Cleaning the bacteria and extra food items that stick to the teeth can help reduce stains and give you a brighter smile.

Once you've gone through the list of things to do and not to do and know the expected results of the teeth whitening, you should have gained more knowledge on which is the best for you to go with. Move forward with teeth whitening and get the smile you've always wanted and deserve with a little help from a top dentist.

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