How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments on the planet, and it can really make a major difference in how you look. Since having a whiter smile gives us more confidence and is generally thought to improve our facial features, investing in your teeth is a powerful way to improve your life. At Xanadu Med Spa in Fort Collins, Colorado, we specialize in whitening solutions that can get your teeth seven shades whiter in less than an hour. It’s a painless, safe, versatile option that will make a compelling difference in how you look.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Generally Last?

If you use our teeth whitening system, you can expect your smile to stay pearly white for up to two years with regular care and maintenance. There are other options as well, but none of them are as good as the professional treatment.

Mouthwash and Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash are gentle enough for everyday use and will gradually whiten your smile over time. If you use toothpaste and mouthwash regularly, you can expect to see results within about six weeks and with proper care. Both of these products contain carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide, both of which act quickly to destroy surface stains. Although they can get your teeth squeaky clean on the surface, neither mouthwash nor toothpaste can change your fundamental tooth color.

Some people find that their teeth are more sensitive after using whitening toothpaste and mouthwash, which can impact daily activities like eating. Ultimately, it’s easy to use whitening toothpaste and mouthwash because they’re accessible over the counter and fairly inexpensive. Still, they’re not the best options for those who really want sparkling teeth quickly.

Whitening Trays

At-home whitening trays are popular ways to keep your smile whiter from the comfort of your own home, and you can see results within about a month of use. All treatments are different, and the results that you can reasonably expect hinge largely on how much peroxide is in the trays. The more peroxide you have, the whiter your teeth will be.

Whitening trays tend to be fairly effective, especially if you combine them with good hygiene. You can get over-the-counter whitening trays or dentist-prescribed ones which can be a lot more potent. You can also opt for whitening strips. Like trays, whitening strips come in varying strengths, and the amount that you can expect them to whiten your teeth will vary greatly.

Professional Whitening

Our practice offers professional whitening solutions that will give you a much whiter smile in less than an hour. You can expect your teeth to get up to seven shades whiter, thanks to our robust, state-of-the-art system. It’s completely safe for your enamel, painless, and you can have it done on natural teeth, crowns, veneers, or caps.

As long as you are over 14 years old with healthy teeth, you’re a good candidate for this treatment, and you can expect the results to last for up to two years if you properly take care of your teeth.

Ways To Prolong The Effects of Whitening

Of course, once you have your beautiful new smile, you will want to maintain it for as long as possible. These simple steps can help you to prolong the effect of teeth whitening and help your smile stay luminous for the long run.

Cut Back on Teeth-Staining Beverages

The general rule is that anything that can stain a white t-shirt can stain your teeth. Cutting back on beverages that stain your teeth can help keep your teeth as beautiful as possible. Coffee, tea, and dark sodas can all stain your teeth. Happily, you don’t have to give up your morning cup of coffee to have good-looking teeth. Just make sure that you brush or rinse your mouth out with water after having your cup of coffee.

Sodas can do a lot of damage to your teeth and also aren’t very good for your body in general. Many sodas are loaded with sugar, which can create tartar and plaque in the long run, in addition to discoloring your teeth. If you must drink sodas, consider using a straw to protect your enamel.  

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Making brushing and flossing a daily habit can help you to keep your teeth whiter and healthier in the long run. It’s important to brush and floss two times per day, once in the morning and once at night. This will help your teeth look their best and also keep cavities from forming. If you really want to maintain the effects of your whitening treatment, consider adding a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash into the mix. These products can help you maintain the quality of your smile and might even positively enhance your teeth.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

One of the best things that you can do for your teeth is to visit your dentist twice a year. Professional cleanings and regular checkups are vital to ensuring that you have a great smile. Your dentist will be able to remove all sorts of things that you can’t get, like plaque and tartar, as well as get rid of surface stains. Your dentist will also be able to tell you if there are any problems that you need to watch out for, like cavities or other tooth-related concerns. Generally speaking, the longer you let dental problems go, the worse they become, which is why it’s important to have your dentist intervene early.

Stop Smoking

Smoking harms your body and can also take a serious toll on your looks. Smokers tend to look older, have more wrinkles, and also have worse teeth than non-smokers. Nicotine stains your teeth and can make them look yellowy or even brown in some cases. You risk reversing the results of your tooth whitening treatment by lighting up, so use it as a way to quit smoking for good. Chewing tobacco is also bad for your teeth and gums and could even cause them to become yellower because the tobacco is resting right on the tooth itself.

Cutting tobacco products out of your life is one powerful way to help your health improve and also invest in your looks. Non-smokers tend to keep their tooth whitening results for far longer than those who continually smoke. If you need help quitting, there are plenty of resources online and in-person that can aid you in shaking your smoking addiction.

Get Gleaming White Teeth Today

Today it’s easy to get gleaming white teeth with a simple, straightforward, professional whitening session at Xanadu Med Spa. You will feel and look so much better with a confident, white smile that you can be proud of. Xanadu Med Spa is a leading provider of day spa and med spa services, including skin laser treatments, fillers, medical weight loss, and so much more.

Our team is happy to give you a consultation about your teeth whitening options and let you know what you can reasonably expect from a session. Most people are thrilled with the results. Our system is a painless, quick, and highly effective way to get the smile that you’ve always wanted. Contact Xanadu Med Spa in Fort Collins, Colorado, at 970-797-7400 today for a pressure-free consultation.