How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Teeth whitening is a very common cosmetic dental treatment in Colorado Springs and a great way to quickly enhance the appearance of your smile. 

If you are opting for teeth whitening, you may wonder how long the effects of the treatment will last and what you can do to prolong it. 

Here's what you need to know. 

Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments 

If you have never had a teeth whitening session before, it's best to book your first one with a professional to make sure you get the best results without any side effects. 

In fact, we recommend opting for professional teeth whitening all the time as at-home whitening kits aren't that effective and can damage your teeth and gums. That's because it can be very easy to misunderstand the instructions and use more product than necessary. That can burn and irritate the gums and make your teeth more sensitive. 

Of course, both options have their advantages and disadvantages. 

Professional teeth whitening will achieve results faster than at-home treatments, while at-home treatments are often more flexible and comfortable. 

If you don't have the time for an in-office treatment, you can try to consult with your Colorado Springs dentist about the best over-the-counter products that can help you achieve good results without any unwanted side effects.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

It's hard to give a clear answer as different factors can affect the longevity of your results. Based on your habits and lifestyle, teeth whitening can last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years. 

Factors that can affect your teeth whitening treatment can include:

  • Habits such as smoking 
  • Regular consumption of staining, dark drinks such as coffee or red wine 
  • Staining foods such as beetroot, berries, curries, etc. 

We're not saying that you have to stop drinking coffee or eating berries, but you should limit them. It's also very important to have great and consistent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least two times a day and after consuming staining foods or beverages. If brushing is not possible, try to at least rinse your mouth after staining foods or drinks. 

How Long Does It Take to Whiten Your teeth?

A professional teeth whitening session can last around 1 or 2 hours. 

If you use an at-home kit, it can take up to 2 or 3 weeks to see results. 

That's because professional treatments have a higher concentration of bleaching agents and can help you achieve faster results.  

Are You Interested in Teeth Whitening? Just Call Us! 

Are you interested in teeth whitening or other cosmetic treatments? The amazing team at Alliance Family Dentistry can help you transform and enhance your smile. We also offer numerous other dental services, such as preventive care, implants, crowns, or Invisalign. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Effinger or one of our doctors.