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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Few facial features can capture a person’s attention more than a nice, bright smile. One way you can make your smile stand out is to opt for teeth whitening treatments.

There are variables to how long whitening lasts. Teeth whitening can last between 3 months to a few years, depending on the type of teeth whitening treatment you choose and your current oral health.

Before you make any decisions around cosmetic dentistry, there are other considerations regarding teeth whitening. We’ll explore a few of them here, but we encourage you to call our office to schedule a consultation to get individualized attention!

Treatment options will be impacted by the severity of existing stains, whether you have veneers or crowns, mouth sensitivity, and any pre-existing conditions.

Also, since everyone’s genetic dental makeup varies, there’s no guarantee that you’ll experience the same duration of having whiter teeth as someone who underwent the same treatment.

What Happens During Professional Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening options vary. At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we use the Zoom! In-office teeth whitening system. This is a safe, effective, and quick way to whiten your teeth.

Step 1: Isolate teeth and gums

Step 2: Apply whitening gel

Step 3: Activate bleach using an LED light

Step 4: Apply desensitizing gel

It is a safe and gentle procedure. The combination of the hydrogen peroxide whitening gel and the LED light results in noticeably whiter teeth.

How Long Does it Take?

Typically, a teeth whitening procedure at Susquehanna Dental Arts takes just one office visit and about 2 hours to complete.

Prior to a professional tooth whitening procedure, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth cleaned, to evaluate the extent of any teeth staining, and to see if there are any dental problems that need to be addressed.

How Much Does It Cost to Have Teeth Professionally Whitened?

Professional tooth whitening costs, on average, $352. It is not something typically covered by insurance. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and learn what the cost will be for your desired treatment.

Is It Worth It to Have My Teeth Whitened?

Dental treatments are relevant for people’s quality of life, as well as their mental and emotional well-being. Aesthetic treatments like teeth whitening have been associated with improved self-confidence.

It’s important to consult with your dentist prior to any professional teeth whitening to determine your expectations and to ensure you understand the variables that can impact the results of your procedure.

That being said, teeth whitening can mean anything from complex cosmetic dentistry to simple teeth cleanings. There are options that you might want to consider, including some at-home treatments you can apply on your own using over-the-counter products.

What Are Some OTC Teeth Whiteners?

You can find over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products for your teeth at your local pharmacy, and even your local grocery store.

From white strips to different whitening toothpastes and gels, the options are too numerous to list. Read Teeth Whitening to read brief descriptions of the most common.  Keep in mind that any form of teeth whitening may cause tooth and gum sensitivity, especially when not performed by a professional.

Call Susquehanna Dental Arts today to learn the best option to achieve your brighter smile.

OTC whiteners give minimal results. Overuse of OTC whitening products is a concern and potentially could cause damage. In-office whitening will produce the best results and will require less maintenance.