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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

June 10, 2019

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closeup before and after teeth whitening

You’ve always wanted a brighter smile, but years of drinking dark coffee have stained your teeth yellow. You’ve tried teeth whitening kits from the pharmacy, but they’re messy and never seem to work. If only there were a better way! Fortunately, there is, with take-home whitening kits from your dentist. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of professional teeth whitening treatment.

How Do Teeth Become Stained?

Some of the most common reasons that teeth become discolored include:

  • Use of tobacco products
  • Consumption of dark-colored foods and drinks like coffee and berries
  • Genetics
  • The natural process of aging
  • Wearing down of tooth enamel that reveals the yellow layer of dentin underneath

Whatever the reason for your tooth discoloration, your dentist can provide at-home teeth whitening kits to brighten your smile.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Typically Last?

Teeth whitening kits that you buy online or in drugstores rarely yield results at all, let alone results that last. However, professional whitening treatments from your cosmetic dentist can last a year or longer depending on how often you indulge in habits that cause tooth discoloration, like tobacco use and consumption of dark foods and beverages. By using your at-home teeth whitening kit prescribed by your dentist at least a few days a year, you can keep your smile flawlessly bright for a very long time.

How Does Take-Home Whitening Work?

Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth to create custom whitening trays designed to fit the exact contours of your teeth. This will prevent the slipping around that is often associated with one-size-fits-all whitening kits at drugstores. You will also be given a bleaching gel that is more potent than anything you can find elsewhere. Simply apply the whitening gel to the trays and wear them for half an hour a day. In as little as two weeks, your smile will be several shades brighter!

What Are the Benefits of Take-Home Whitening?

Take-home whitening offers several advantages over in-store whitening:

  • One less trip to the office
  • Whiten in the comfort of your own home
  • Provide touch-up treatment after the effects of in-office whitening fade away
  • Achieve more gradual results

Take-home whitening allows you to achieve the beautifully flawless smile you’ve always dreamed of in an effective and relaxing treatment. Contact your local cosmetic dentist to learn more about how you can make those pearly whites of yours even whiter.

About the Author

Dr. Neely Thornton graduated in the top 10% of class from the Medical College of Georgia in 2006 with her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. She chose to become a dentist so she could help people achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. She is a member of several organizations, including the American and Georgia Dental Associations and the Hinman Dental Society. To learn more about how Dr. Thornton can whiten your smile, click here or call (770)-422-7727.

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