How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

We all want those pearly whites for more than just an event, date, or vacation. Many people are willing to invest in a longer-lasting white smile and for good reason. 

Teeth whitening lasts longer on some due to multiple reasons. Keep reading to find out what these are.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

There are extrinsic and intrinsic teeth stains. Extrinsic teeth stains are on the surface of your teeth, and intrinsic stains sit within and beneath the tooth enamel.

While many over-the-counter products are popular and work to some extent, professional whitening is a way more effective and quicker method. 

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

How long your teeth whitening routine lasts depends on many different things, including what type of whitening method you use. No matter what teeth whitening method you use, it, unfortunately, can’t last forever. 

At-home products can offer minimal-to-great results that last for a couple of months. Professional teeth whitening could last a couple of years, depending on your teeth. 

If done with Dr. Foote’s protocol, daily use for 2-4 weeks is usually sufficient, and the results can last for many years. While continual bleaching is not expected, people may periodically “touch up” the results over time. For people with dark (e.g., antibiotic stains) teeth, you might need to bleach them for three months.

How long your teeth whitening lasts also has a lot to do with your lifestyle, including:

  • How often are you drinking coffee, wine, etc. 
  • The foods you eat
  • Smoking cigarettes or vaping
  • Aging & heredity factors
  • Medications 
  • Trauma or infection

Professional Teeth Whitening

A professional teeth whitening procedure is the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry with a pretty simple process. Get the smile you always dreamed of with this highly-effective teeth whitening method.

Ask Dr. Foote or your dentist about options for improving your smile. If your home whitening routine is not working, consider our professional teeth whitening services today.