Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains from your teeth. Staining of teeth is caused by poor eating habits and dental care. But maintaining the whiteness in your teeth can be tricky. Staining is an inevitable process. However the issue of discoloured teeth can be solved using home remedies or a visit to the dentist. But how long can you expect these treatments to last?
What Does it Depend on?
Teeth whitening lasts from about one month to a few years depending on the whitening method. The quality of treatment can vary substantially. But the amount you spend on whitening your teeth, does not necessarily translate into the period the whitening effect will last. Most people believe that spending lots on the procedure, will make the effect last longer.
You should talk to several dentists or professionals in your area and ask them how long you can expect the treatment to last. By doing this you can also get a good feel for how skilled they are.
The period your teeth remain white after the treatment depends on your eating habits and your type of teeth. Regardless of the quality of the treatment and your eating habits, the procedure will need touch ups from time to time. These touch ups could be in the form of another session at the dentist or clinic, or using another home kit.
What Can you do to Keep your Teeth White?
If you want to keep your teeth white after a procedure there are a number of things you should do. Within, at least, the first 24 hours you should avoid foods & drinks which could stain your teeth. You should also avoid smoking. Of course you can’t eliminate staining foods completely from your diet but try to keep the following to a minimum:
Flossing and brushing your teeth on a regular basis will also help extend the duration your teeth are white. If you do the above things your teeth could stay white for 2-3 years or longer.
Professional vs Home Kits
Remember that the 2-3 years number depends on the quality of treatment. Home kits or treatment from a salon won’t last this long. The low quality products may only last a few months. Additionally everyone has different teeth and the treatment may work better on some than others.
Hopefully after a dentist has examined your teeth they can give you a better indication of how long the treatment can last. Unfortunately for the other treatments it’s harder to get an estimation. However those treatments won’t be as expensive, so as long as the product or clinic is reputable you could try it and see the sort of results you get.
Studies show that most people who whiten their teeth are satisfied with the process years later.