Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments. Gradual yellowing of the teeth can occur over time. But a whiter smile looks healthier and gives you the confidence to smile more often.
If you're considering teeth whitening, you may be wondering how long it takes. Here’s how long it may take to see results for different types of whitening treatments.
What is Teeth Whitening Treatment?
Teeth whitening treatments are designed to remove stains and make your teeth look whiter. This is achieved by applying a whitening agent of some kind to the visible portion of your teeth. Teeth that are dull or discolored will look whiter after the designated time period. Your smile will look brighter and healthier after treatment.
Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments
There are a variety of whitening treatments that contain different whitening agents and different strengths:
- Over the counter whitening. There are a wide variety of teeth whitening products you can buy at your local pharmacy, grocery store, or online. These may include toothpaste, mouthwash, wands, and strips. Most of these products contain hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient.
- In-office whitening. Professional grade teeth whitening can be applied by your dentist in the dental office. In-office treatment usually involves a single application. A gel or rubber guard will be used to protect the gum tissue. A special light is used to activate the whitening agent for accelerated results. These treatments typically include carbamide peroxide, which is stronger than hydrogen peroxide but still safe on tooth enamel.
- At-home whitening. Professional grade teeth whitening treatment is also available in treatments you can apply yourself at home. A customized tray will be made to fit your teeth so that you can apply the whitening agent evenly. You’ll need to apply the whitening treatment for up to 2 weeks until you achieve your desired results.
Average Length of Treatment
The length of teeth whitening treatment depends on the type. Over the counter whitening products take the longest amount of time to see results. You may have to use them over the course of a few weeks or even months before you’ll notice a change. You may never achieve the shade of white you desire with store bought whitening products.
Professional grade at-home whitening typically takes up to 2 weeks to see results. In-office treatment provides dramatic results in just one treatment, making it the fastest and most effective teeth whitening option.
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If you want a whiter smile, Manhattan Dental Spa provides professional grade in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments. We can help you whiten your smile safely and effectively. After a brief evaluation we can recommend the right treatment for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do teeth whitening results last?
The results of over the counter teeth whitening treatment could last for a few months at the most. At-home teeth whitening may last anywhere from 9-12 months. In-office teeth whitening may last anywhere from 1-3 years. Professional teeth whitening treatments often come with touch-up kits to use in between treatments to help you maintain your results.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
Teeth whitening may cause mild sensitivity to your teeth and may also irritate your gums. In-office treatment includes gum protection, where other treatments may not, but they are not as strong and less likely to cause sensitivity or irritation.