What Are The Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments?

What Are The Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments?

For those looking to have a naturally-appearing white smile that they can feel good about, teeth whitening treatments help. Bright white teeth are not something that most people have, but thanks to cosmetic dentistry, they are very accessible. 

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Why do very few adults have naturally white teeth? A few of the most common culprits that cause staining and discoloration are:

  • Certain foods and beverages 
  • Medications
  • Medical conditions
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Poor oral hygiene 
  • Trauma
  • Tobacco use 

Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments

There are several teeth whitening treatments available. Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments can be purchased anywhere they sell oral healthcare products. These treatments have a minimal amount of whitening agent since it is not used under the direction of a dental professional. As a result, your results will not be so dramatic, may be inconsistent, and take much longer to reach. 

Professional at-home whitening treatments are those you purchase from your dentist and use at home. They are customized for you and will provide you with good, even results over time. You can expect great results if used consistently as directed. 

Professional in-office whitening treatments are those that are done in your dental office. This is the fastest, most dramatic way to reach naturally white results. There are many different types of treatments used by dentists, but regardless of their preferred option, you can have confidence that it is safe and highly effective. 

Each of the above types of teeth whitening treatments may provide you results, but how long it will last will vary significantly. 

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last? 

Teeth whitening can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 or 3 years. Keep in mind that this is an average and each patient will experience different results. 

There are a few factors that need to also be taken into consideration when determining just how long you can expect your whitening results to last, including:

  • The type of whitening treatment used, with over-the-counter products yielding the shortest results
  • How often staining food and beverages are consumed
  • The level of oral hygiene - the better you care for your teeth, the greater chance you will have for longer-lasting results

Teeth Whitening at Imperial Dental Associates

At Imperial Dental Associates, we offer many different procedures to meet the needs of our patients. We understand the significance of having a smile you can feel good about - and we can help you transform yours. With in-office and at-home treatment options, you are sure to find one that works for you.

Contact us today at 203-227-2520 to learn more. Or, request an appointment online.