Dental Hygienist Questions Teeth Whitening

Does a teeth whitening have long-lasting effects?

I need to have my teeth whitened for an event that I have coming up. Would getting a whitening have a long-lasting effect on my teeth?

11 Answers

It will all depend on your food & drink intake! What stains white T-shirt will stain your teeth. Diet plays a big role!
There are no negative effects to teeth whitening. Some patients do better with in-office and others with take home trays. We can discuss what will work best for you at the visit, but there is no enamel erosion if that is a concern.
This is a good question. Some teeth whitening methods are not long lasting. However I have found the best long term results from having a dentist make custom fitting trays and apply whitening gels at home. This benefit should last for years.
Zoom whitening usually lasts about 10 years with no damage to your teeth.
A one-time tooth whitening will not have a long-lasting effect, but repeated frequent tooth whitenings, by virtue of the micro-etchings caused by the whiteners may possibly cause sensitivities to develop.
How long a whitening lasts depends on the whitening system and also habits such as coffee/tea consumption, smoking, red wine, dark berries, etc. Once you get to the shade that you are happy with, over time you may want to touch up every so often to maintain that shade.
Like everything else it requires taken care of in order to make the last longer. Your dad has an important part to play and how often you brush your teeth between meals limiting foods that are high Instinct capacity such as coffee tea and carbonated beverages

Typically, teeth whitening lasts for approximately 6-8 months depending on habits. If your diet includes red wine and curries, for example, the effect will not last as long. In smokers, the effect will not last as long either. So, touch-ups are done 1-2 times a year.
Hope this helps.
The answer to your question is not so easy. It all depends on the amount of colorful diet you intake, and the frequency and quality the food is very important. Coffee, black tea, red wine, berries, smoking, etc., affect the color of teeth; the more you get them exposed to these materials, the shorter the effect of teeth whitening will be.
Teeth will whiten; but must be maintained; whitening will diminish over time; need to be touched up over the year to maintain
Over time, the whitening effect will diminish, especially if you drink coffee, tea, red wine, and other foods with transferrable color. The whitening can be touched up periodically to regain initial results.