How To Extend Teeth Whitening Results
While teeth whitening solutions have become a fairly common and affordable procedure, no one wants to keep coming into the office just for some cosmetic touchups.
You can extend the results of your teeth whitening to keep your smile as bright and lustrous as possible for a longer period of time if you understand how the bleaching process works and what you can do to support the procedure.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Before we get into how, exactly, you can extend your results, it’s important to understand just how the whitening solution works in the first place.
Whether you are using an at-home system or taking advantage of our in-office Zoom! Whitening service, the results come for a peroxide-based bleaching agent. The main difference is that over-the-counter solutions contain anywhere from 3% to 20% peroxide, while in-office whitening agents can have as much as 43% peroxide.
The peroxide in these solutions helps remove surface stains on the teeth as well as most of the really deep stains.
The different levels of peroxide is one of the reasons why you’ll see much faster results from in-office whitening procedures. We understand how to apply the whitening agent safely and effectively, so it won’t cause any damage to your teeth or irritate the soft tissues in the mouth.
The Zoom! Teeth whitening system allows us to accomplish the results we want to see in a single 2-hour session, rather than spending several 30- or 60-minutes sessions that are required by other methods.
It’s also important to remember that, while this is one of the most common cosmetic dental solutions, everyone responds to these treatments differently. So, we’ll work with you to help you understand what results you can expect and whether it will take more than a single session to get the results you want.
How Long Does It Last?
Again, every patient is different, but in general, we expect an in-office whitening solution to last anywhere from 9 to 12 months.
Some fading is inevitable, because that’s simply something that naturally happens to all our teeth. But it is possible to extend the time that you can keep that beautiful luster.
Whitening Extension Basics
These are the things that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but if you want to keep that shiny new smile as long as possible, you’ve got to make sure that you’re a real pro at the basics of oral hygiene.
In other words, you’ve got to double down on all those things that may have slipped a little bit and caused your teeth to get a little discolored in the first place.
You need to make sure you’re extra diligent at brushing, flossing, and rinsing every day. You need to make and keep your annual visits to the office so you can get a deep cleaning, and, as much as possible, you should cut back on the sugary, sticky foods and focus on those that help your teeth.
You may also want to switch to some over-the-counter teeth-whitening toothpastes as well, though be sure and ask us which products will be right for you.
Things to Avoid
There are a number of culprits behind teeth discoloration, and if you want to make your teeth whitening results last longer, it’s especially important to avoid acidic or tannin-rich foods and drinks.
A lot of your favorite things may fall into this category, but it’s important to keep this in mind if you want to keep those teeth nice and bright. So, as much as possible, avoid:
- Black teas and coffee
- Sports drinks
- Carbonated sodas
- Tomato and curry sauces
- Berries and other foods that have a lot of pigment or acid
- Red and white wine
Get the Smile You’ve Always Wanted
At Parham Dental Group, we have extensive experience providing cosmetic dentistry in Richmond, Virginia, and we can help you get the healthy and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Contact us today and set up a consultation. We’ll let you know exactly what you can expect from the procedure and provide even more advice on maintaining that smile for as long as possible.