Unfortunately, there is no set-in-stone answer. This is because everyone’s diet is a little different. If you are very careful to avoid pigmented foods and beverages, your teeth whitening results may last up to one year, or perhaps even up to three years!
If you do consume berries, tomato sauce, wine, soda, tea, coffee, and similarly pigmented foods, you may need a touch-up appointment in about six to eight months.
An appointment with a teeth whitening dentist is one of the easiest, fastest, and most effective ways to instantly improve the appearance of your smile. You’ll feel more confident knowing that when you smile, your pearly whites are truly white. Although the clinical-grade treatments available from your cosmetic dentist’s office provide rapid results and are long-lasting, it’s important to note that your results won’t last forever. Your teeth are continually exposed to pigments in the foods and beverages you consume. Because of this, you will periodically need touch-up appointments to maintain your results.
There are other factors that can affect the longevity of your results, as well. If you smoke or chew tobacco, your teeth whitening results will not last long. Tobacco products will quickly discolor your teeth again, turning them yellowish and brownish. To achieve a beautiful and healthier smile (and stronger overall health), you will need to quit using tobacco. Consider talking to your doctor for smoking cessation help.
Another factor that can affect how long teeth whitening lasts is the length of time between your regularly scheduled dental cleanings and exams. Dentists recommend scheduling a routine cleaning and check-up every six months. Some patients may need more frequent cleanings if they are at a high risk of cavities or gum disease.
At each cleaning, the dental hygienist uses specialized instruments to remove surface stains, tartar, and plaque from your teeth. As a result, your teeth will maintain their beautiful, white appearance for much longer, and you may find that you need less frequent teeth whitening treatments.
In addition to avoiding tobacco and scheduling routine professional cleanings every six months, there are a few other easy ways to maintain your teeth whitening results. Brush your teeth after every meal to remove the particles that can cause surface stains. However, if you consume acidic foods, such as citrus or tomato sauce, wait about 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. This is because the acidity softens the enamel, so brushing too soon can damage the enamel while it’s sensitive.
You might also consider drinking pigmented beverages with a straw. This lessens the amount of contact the beverage has with your teeth. Lastly, include crunchy vegetables and fruits in your diet. When you eat foods like celery and apples, your salivary glands produce more saliva, which helps to neutralize acids and washes away the particles that cause stains.
Here at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, nothing makes us happier than to see our patients enjoying their beautiful, healthy smiles! If your smile has gotten a bit yellowish, you can schedule a consultation for teeth whitening. We’re pleased to offer our patients Sinsational Smiles® – a cutting-edge whitening treatment that uses a laser to accelerate your results. We can also provide clinical-grade at-home treatments with custom-fitted trays that you can use at your convenience. Schedule a consult at our office in Huntington, Long Island today!
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