Close up of white teeth after professional tooth whitening treatment

When people see you, your smile is front and center, and we all know it. That’s why tooth whitening is a $6.9 billion dollar global industry. If you are going to contribute your hard-earned money to that market and invest in tooth whitening treatment, you want to know just how long that investment will pay off.

So, how long does tooth whitening last? Let’s compare DIY versus professional options, provide tips to prolong your whitening results, and look into some longer-lasting solutions that might just be worth it.

All About Tooth Whitening

Over time, teeth can become discolored due to factors such as aging, tobacco use, consumption of staining foods and drinks, and poor dental hygiene. Tooth whitening treatments aim to reverse these effects, giving you a whiter and brighter smile. But there are lots of options available, with different pros and cons, including their longevity.

DIY vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

When it comes to teeth whitening, you have two primary options: DIY treatments and professional procedures administered by a dentist.

DIY Teeth Whitening

DIY teeth whitening kits are widely available over the counter. The most attractive benefits of this option? DIY kits offer convenience and affordability. These options typically include whitening strips, gels, or trays containing varying concentrations of whitening agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide or, in the case of toothpaste, abrasive agents like charcoal.

While DIY options are accessible, they often yield less dramatic results compared to professional treatments. Additionally, the results may not last as long because the concentration of whitening agents is far lower, and the application method may not be as precise. Typically, these kits will yield results for about four to six months.

Professional Teeth Whitening with BriteSmile

Professional teeth whitening procedures, like BriteSmile, are performed in our office by trained professionals. These treatments use more substantial concentrations of whitening agents and advanced technology to activate the agents and achieve more noticeable and longer-lasting results in a shorter amount of time.

Specifically, BriteSmile utilizes a specialized blue light to activate the whitening gel, speeding up the process and ensuring even, consistent results. Professional treatments like this can provide a dramatically brighter smile that can last for up to two years or more with proper care.

Tips to Prolong Your Tooth Whitening Results

Regardless of which whitening you choose, you can take steps to prolong the results.

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Regular and effective brushing and flossing is the first step to prevent new stains from forming and protect the health of your teeth.
  • Watch Your Diet: Limit the consumption of staining beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine as well as highly pigmented foods. When you do enjoy these items, use a straw when drinking potentially staining beverages to minimize contact with your teeth or rise with water once you are done.
  • Avoid Tobacco Products: Smoking, vaping, and chewing tobacco can cause severe tooth staining. Quitting these habits not only benefits your oral health but also helps maintain your whitened teeth.
  • Touch-Up Treatments: For those who opt for professional teeth whitening, consider periodic touch-up treatments to keep your smile bright.

Longer Lasting Solutions

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to achieve and maintain a white smile, you may want to explore some other options.

  • Dental Bonding: Dental bonding consists of applying a tooth-colored resin to the surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. This procedure can address minor stains, chips, and gaps. Bonding can be expected to last for 5 to 10 years.
  • Veneers: Veneers are custom-made porcelain facades that fit over your teeth, providing a permanent and stain-resistant solution to discoloration and imperfections. Veneers can last 15 years or longer, offering a long-lasting solution for a white and beautiful smile.

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