How Long Does Teeth Whitening From the Dentist Last?
Perhaps nothing says confidence like the look of a bright, white smile. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry option that can transform a dull grin into a dazzling smile without extensive treatment. At Sunrise Smile Design, cosmetic dentist Dr. Rick Campbell is proud to offer professional teeth whitening to help patients throughout the metro Phoenix, AZ area achieve their smile goals. If you’re considering teeth whitening for your own smile, you likely have questions about the process and may even be wondering how long teeth whitening results may last. Read on to learn more about this cosmetic dentistry option.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening can be a simple but effective way to transform your smile. It can be performed as a singular procedure or in combination with other cosmetic dentistry treatments as part of a smile makeover. You may be a good candidate for professional teeth whitening at Sunrise Smile Design if you have teeth that are:
- Dull, lackluster, or yellow in color
- Stained from coffee, tea, berries, or other foods and beverages
- Discolored from smoking or smokeless tobacco
- Free from tooth decay (cavities)
- Unaffected by periodontal disease
It is important to note that while whitening treatments can lighten the shade of natural tooth enamel, they cannot alter the color of any dental fillings, crowns, bonding, veneers, or other materials. When dental restorations are visible in the smile zone and teeth whitening is strongly desired, Dr. Campbell may recommend completing the whitening process first and then replacing dental restorations to match the whitened shade of enamel. Teeth whitening may also not be as effective on teeth that have dark brown or gray types of stain.
How does teeth whitening at the dentist work?
Teeth whitening solutions contain varying levels of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. In general, these solutions work by gently lifting away stains that have become embedded within the tooth enamel. Dr. Campbell uses Ultradent teeth whitening products when providing in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments for Phoenix, AZ patients.
For in-office procedures, a member of our team will isolate the teeth and apply a professional-grade solution that can lighten the enamel by up to several shades in about an hour. To create take-home whitening kits, we take impressions of the upper and lower teeth and make custom teeth whitening trays from a clear, durable material. Patients are then given the custom trays, several tubes of whitening gel, and instructions on how to use them at home to whiten their teeth. Professional home whitening treatments may take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to complete, depending on the strength of the whitening gel dispensed.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The results of teeth whitening from the dentist can last for a period of several months up to 2 – 3 years. However, a number of factors can impact the longevity of these treatment outcomes, such as how often you expose your teeth to foods or beverages that may cause stain, whether or not you smoke, and the type of whitening solution used. Dr. Campbell recommends the following tips to help keep your teeth looking white and bright for as long as possible:
- Minimize the consumption of coffee, tea, red wines, berries, colas, dark spices, and other pigmented food or beverage items
- Brush and floss thoroughly (at least twice per day) and as soon as possible after having any of the above products
- Avoid using tobacco products of any kind
- Touch-up treatments performed at home every so often may be ideal for maintaining your teeth whitening results and a lasting bright smile
- Attend biannual dental cleanings at Sunrise Smile Design to have your teeth professionally cleaned and polished
Explore professional teeth whitening in Phoenix, AZ
Partnering with Phoenix cosmetic dentist Dr. Rick Campbell for teeth whitening can help ensure optimal results for your smile. To learn more about Ultradent teeth whitening products or your cosmetic dentistry options, please schedule an appointment at Sunrise Smile Design in Phoenix, AZ. We look forward to helping you fall in love with your smile!