Troy Cosmetic Dentist Explains What to Expect from Teeth Whitening

Written by Dr. Bentley on May 10, 2016

Looking for an affordable way to refresh a dull, tired-looking smile? One of the quickest ways to dramatically improve your appearance is with professional teeth whitening. The first thing people notice about you is your smile. A teeth whitening treatment at our Troy Cosmetic Dentist office can create that all-important first impression and improve your feeling of self-confidence.

How Long Teeth Whitening Lasts

Most people are so pleased with the results of their treatment that one of their first questions is, “How long will it last?” On average, professional teeth whitening treatment lasts between 6 to 12 months. These results are based largely on your oral hygiene, lifestyle habits, and age.

Maintaining a Bright, White Smile

How can you get the most out of your professional teeth whitening treatment? Eliminating or avoiding certain stain-causing food and beverages can greatly extend the length of time that the effects of your tooth whitening will last.

Tobacco, coffee, red wine and dark teas all contain agents that will lead more quickly to staining and darkening of your teeth. Touch-ups every 4 to 6 months will also help a white smile last longer.

Teeth that are crooked or overcrowded can also reduce the long-term effects of tooth whitening because plaque and bacteria can linger in spaces between teeth. These bacteria can spread and lead to discoloration and other oral health issues.

A whitening toothpaste recommended by your dentist or hygienist after each meal will also aid in maintaining a bright, white smile. The team at our Troy Cosmetic Dentist office can also recommend a mouth rinse that will aid in cleansing bacteria and stain-causing food particles from between your teeth.

Please Contact Us to Arrange an Appointment

As we age our teeth become rather porous, easily absorbing staining agents from tobacco, coffee, red wine, etc.  If you begin to notice your teeth are becoming yellowed again, please give us a call. We’ll schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and discuss teeth whitening and how it will transform your appearance.