How Long Can I Expect The Results Of Teeth Whitening To Last?
Our Streatham cosmetic dentist discusses this commonly asked question.
Our popular home teeth whitening system offers patients a chance to restore the whiteness of their teeth to a degree that they probably believed had gone forever. It is a simple, yet effective treatment that is performed in a non invasive manner and at a reasonable price. For this reason, many of our Streatham dental patients come to us time and again to have the treatment repeated.
First timers to this treatment though, often have a number of questions to ask and we are always happy to answer them during the patient consultation at the Confidental Clinic. One of the most commonly asked questions is how long the effects of the treatment will last.
Long lasting whiteness
The effects of a teeth whitening procedure can be seen for a long time following the treatment. Even three years later, many people can see the difference, and some even longer than that.
There are a number of factors here though and one is at what level is the patient no longer satisfied with the colour of their teeth. For example, after say two years, your teeth may still be whiter than before the treatment, but you may feel that this is not a satisfactory level of whiteness.
Patient choices also make a difference. Whilst you may not be able to slow down the internal discolouration of the tooth, which happens naturally, if for example, you return to previous habits such as smoking and red wine consumption, it is almost certain that your teeth will lose their new whiteness much faster than someone who doesn’t. Switching to a whitening toothpaste may also help to slow down the reversal process, but don’t expect too much from this.
Top ups and repeat treatments
The good news for patients who may be concerned about losing the effects of this treatment, is that the procedure can be repeated safely at any time that you wish. The cost is also reduced by the fact that you will still have the trays that were custom made for you. More whitening gel can be obtained from the Confidental Clinic in Streatham and the treatment simply repeated. We will need to examine you before providing more gel, to ensure that your overall oral health is satisfactory and nothing has changed in your mouth before you repeat the treatment.
There are a couple of warnings to make here. Firstly, please do not buy any teeth whitening gel via the Internet or other unregulated source. This can be very dangerous and may cause long lasting damage to your teeth and gums.
The other thing to note is that if you have had your trays for some time, or, if you have had dental procedures such as teeth straightening since you had the trays made, they may no longer fit correctly and the bleach may leak onto the gums, causing burning. Please bring the trays with you for your check up before you repeat the treatment and we will check that they still fit.
Teeth whitening treatments carried out by our Streatham dentists, are both effective and perfectly safe, so for more information, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 8674 2052.