Teeth whitening is a very popular treatment option at a variety of our DentistsRUs locations, and there are some common questions surrounding this treatment we thought we would address, both for our clients, as well as our reading audience.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution to stained teeth. Your teeth are porous and therefore are susceptible to staining due to the foods you eat and the beverages you consume. If you are a frequent coffee, red wine, or dark cola drinker, your teeth whitening effects could in fact fade in as little as one month. However, if you are more cautious with what you consume, rinse with water after consumption, and brush regularly, your teeth whitening treatments can last up to one year or longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is necessary.
Teeth whitening offers individual results based on the condition of your teeth, the level of stains they have endured, lifestyle choices, as well as the dental work you have had.
Who Should Not Have Teeth Whitening Treatments?
Teeth whitening should not be conducted if you are pregnant or lactating, and it is not recommended for anyone under the age of 16, as the pulp (or tooth nerve) is still enlarged until that time, creating greater sensitivity risks.
In addition, those with normally sensitive teeth or gums, receding gums, or those who have had restoration dental work, should discuss whether this is a good option for them.
Some individuals are also allergic to the peroxide used in teeth whitening products, so you should be aware of that also.
There are a variety of teeth whitening systems on the market that you might be tempted to try. From whitening toothpastes, to whitening rinses, to strips, and DIY gel trays. However, we recommend all your teeth whitening treatments be conducted under the watchful eye of a professional, as your results will be better and will last longer, and there will be little to no side effects.
At DentistsRUs, our dental professionals at the below locations all offer our Spa-Dent teeth whitening service, and would be happy to help you achieve the white smile you desire!