How Long Can Teeth Whitening Results Last?

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If you're tired of trying to whiten your teeth at home or simply want a more efficient way of removing stains on your teeth, professional teeth whitening may be the ideal treatment for you. At Parker West Dental Associates in Plano, TX, cosmetic dentist Dr. Tim Nguyen, DMD, FAGD helps patients in Plano as well as Frisco, McKinney, and Richardson, TX achieve their best and brightest smiles using a variety of whitening methods. Keep reading to find out how long professional teeth whitening results can last.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

If you have stained teeth, Parker West Dental Associates offers two methods of professional teeth whitening. KoR Whitening is one of the most effective systems and is conveniently available for you to use at home with Dr. Nguyen's instructions. These high-potency gels are cost-effective and simple and allow you to achieve excellent and natural results on your own time.

Dr. Nguyen may also suggest an in-office treatment called Philips Zoom! Whitening, which can brighten your teeth by up to eight shades. In some cases, you may also be able to take these custom whitening trays home to administer on your own time after a consultation in our office.

Your treatment will depend on your aesthetic goals and your dental health. And while you may be able to take these professional treatments home, they're far better than the drugstore alternatives.

How can I keep my teeth white after professional teeth whitening?

Once you complete your teeth whitening treatment, it's crucial to avoid foods that can stain your sensitive teeth.

Avoid the following foods immediately after teeth whitening treatment for the best long-term results:

  • Brightly-colored condiments, such as jellies, red sauces, and mustard

  • Black beans

  • Brightly-colored vegetables and berries

  • Acidic fruits

  • Red meat

  • Colorful spices, such as turmeric

  • Red or balsamic vinegar

  • Sodas, coffee, tea, wine, and fruit juice

  • Colorful candies

These substances can stain your teeth and affect the final results of your teeth whitening treatment. That's why it's essential to avoid colorful foods and drinks or sugary, acidic foods and drinks that may affect teeth that tend to be more sensitive and porous immediately after a whitening treatment.

In the two days following your professional teeth whitening, you should stick to non-abrasive and light-colored foods. Good choices include white fish, chicken, pasta, rice, and potatoes. Water and green tea are good beverage choices that won't stain your teeth.

How long do teeth stay white after professional teeth whitening?

Each professional dental whitening treatment works differently and is effective for a different length of time. For example, if you follow your aftercare instructions, KoR teeth whitening can provide you with anywhere from six months to three years of whiter teeth. Phillips Zoom! teeth whitening can last from 12 to 24 months.

Get professional teeth whitening in Plano, TX

If you're feeling self-conscious about the color of your teeth or simply want a brighter, whiter, younger-looking smile, Parker West Dental Associates in Plano, TX offers a few different ways to treat your teeth. To find out which teeth whitening treatment is right for you, and you live in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, or Richardson, TX, simply schedule a consultation with Dr. Tim Nguyen, DMD, FAGD to get started.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.