GettyImages_480255777-Teeth WhiteningFeeling the confidence after a teeth whitening treatment?  Have you been flashing those pearly whites for everyone to see?  Now that you have experienced the excitement of teeth whitening treatments, you may be wondering how long this thrilling new smile will last.

Like many cosmetic treatments, teeth whitening results vary.  Though you will likely see dramatic results immediately after your treatment, the length the whitening will last is mainly affected by your lifestyle choices.  The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reported that most teeth whitening results last between six months to up to two years.  What this means is that you have a small level of control over how long your results may last.  If you want to keep your bright new smile, there are many good choices you can make to help your teeth maintain their new look.

After a teeth whitening treatment, it is important to avoid smoking, coffee, and red wine as these practices can dramatically reduce the long-lasting whitening effects.  Some teas can also affect your results.  A good rule of thumb is to avoid or minimize the use of any foods that could stain a white shirt.  It is most important to avoid these substances for the week following your teeth whitening treatment.  It is sometimes suggested that you avoid using an electric toothbrush during this time as well.

If you are interested in a whitening treatment or if you have questions about teeth whitening results, contact G. R. Sheumaker Jr. DDS today.  With more than 20 years of experience in family dentistry, you can be sure you are in expert hands.