Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. There are many different ways to get your teeth whitened. For example, you can get teeth whitening home kits that allow patients to brighten their smile from the comfort of their own homes, or you can have in-office whitening done by a dental team. Whichever you choose, one question many patients have is when they should do it. Do you get your teeth whitened the day before an event? Or should you get your teeth whitened earlier? Well, it might depend on the method of whitening. If you live in the Greater Boston area and are looking for professional in-office dental services including teeth whitening, call us.
Depending on the procedure, teeth whitening timing can vary. For example, many in-office teeth whitening procedures can take over an hour. But this can depend on the results you are looking for. The more dramatic the results you are looking for, the more likely you will need longer and potentially multiple appointments. Many patients schedule follow-up whitening to maintain their whitened teeth, but if you are looking for dramatic results you might need to schedule a few appointments over a few weeks. For this reason, if you are getting in-office teeth whitening and you have an event like a wedding, graduation, or family gathering it is recommended that you make appointments a few weeks to a month out.
Whether you use an at-home whitening kit or get an in-office teeth whitening service, you should notice results right away. However, at-home kits tend to not produce nearly as dramatic results as in-office whitening. If you decided to do at-home whitening the night before an event, you might be upset to notice that you didn’t get the results you were hoping for. Again, that is why it is recommended that teeth whitening be done a few weeks to a month before the event. More importantly, you should talk to your dentist about whitening options. There are hundreds of products and options available, and they all have different efficacy, and more importantly, some might not be recommended by a dentist because of the potential damage they can do to your teeth.
Teeth whitening results vary from person to person. It is hard to give even a ballpark estimate for how long your results will last. The method of teeth whitening & the lifestyle of the patient are both big factors. For example, someone who smokes, drinks coffee, and doesn’t practice strong oral care might notice their results fading in a few months after treatment.
The best things you can do to preserve the results of teeth whitening are to avoid habits that stain teeth, practice good oral care, and go to your dentist frequently. Dental cleanings both at the dentist and at home can prevent staining substances from sitting on your teeth. Avoiding tobacco, wine, coffee, and other known teeth-staining foods and beverages is also a good way to increase the lastability of your teeth whitening.
If you live in Greater Boston and are looking to have your teeth whitened give us a call! We provide teeth cleaning services at our office in Revere.
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