Did you know that teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment with over 100,000 of us undergoing the transformation last year alone? Aside from the fact that it can make you look years younger and feel more attractive. a beautiful white smile can open all manner of doors both professionally and socially. So while you might be considering having your teeth whitened, the question you probably need to know is “How long does it last?”

The truth is we can’t say for sure

On average, professional teeth whitening can be expected to last anything from 6 months to 2 years depending on the condition of a person’s teeth, the type of procedure used, and their lifestyle. However, not everyone’s a good candidate for teeth whitening which is why it’s so important to visit the dentist beforehand to discuss the best teeth whitening method for you.

Why teeth whitening may not be for you

Teeth whitening typically involves a bleaching agent such as hydrogen peroxide which removes surface stains and lightens the teeth by several shades. However, if your tooth enamel is wearing thin, your teeth are particularly sensitive, you have visible front fillings, or your stains are deep rooted, then the truth is that teeth whitening may not be the best solution for you. But don’t worry there are alternatives. Instead your dentist may suggest veneers which not only straighten the smile but give a permanent whiteness too.

So what are the best teeth whitening methods available?

 There are various types of teeth whitening methods, each with varying levels of effectiveness. For instance, laser whitening or professional teeth whitening kits from your dentist will have better results and last longer than any methods you can do yourself at home, including bleaching strips, home whitening kits, and whitening toothpastes.

Whiter teeth for longer – It’s your choice

The fact remains that while professional teeth whitening may indeed last up to 2 years, poor lifestyle choices can have a negative effect. We’ve listed below some tips to help your newly whitened smile last longer. Warning – you may not like what you read!

Stop smoking

If you’re a smoker then one of the best ways to maintain whitened teeth is to give up or at least cut back significantly. Smoking stains teeth because of the tar and nicotine contained in the tobacco and it makes your breath smell too.

Keep away from coffee, tea, and red wine

Yes, we know you love your daily cuppa and who doesn’t like a glass of red wine now and again; but it’s well documented that drinks like tea, coffee, and red wine are responsible for making your pearly whites look distinctly shabby. If you simply can’t keep away from your favourite drinks, then try drinking them through a straw so that the liquid doesn’t touch your teeth.

Practice good oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene is important at all times and this means  regular brushing  and flossing, to remove food particles and prevent the accumulation of bacteria which can stain teeth and lead to tooth decay. It’s also important to attend six monthly check ups with your dentist.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day flushes out the toxins from the body and also helps wash away sugars and stain-causing bacteria that gather on your teeth after eating. Not only will people comment on your lovely white smile but they’ll also notice how fresh and clear your skin looks too.

So there you have it…If you’re keen to whiten your smile then come and talk to the friendly team at Evergreen Dental. We offer a variety of teeth whitening treatments to fit into your lifestyle. Call us now on (02) 8074 3849 .

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