How Long Does It Take to See Results from Teeth Whitening?

12 Apr 2019 by  admin in Whitening

teeth whitening before and afterOne of the fantastic things about cosmetic dentistry is that you can tailor your treatment plan to suit your timeline. If you have a wedding, school reunion, or other major event planned, or if you simply want to look your best for your summer vacation, you can find a cosmetic dentistry treatment to fit within the amount of time you have. Some treatments do take a little while to bring results, such as Invisalign aligners. Others, like teeth whitening, can give you great results right away.

Of course, it all depends on what type of teeth whitening treatment you choose. “When patients come in asking for a brighter, whiter smile, I like to ask if they’ve got any special events coming up soon,” explains Dr. Nick of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “That way, I can recommend either in-office whitening or the take-home kit with confidence.”

In-office teeth whitening timeline

An in-office teeth whitening treatment is just what it sounds like—the dentist will apply a professional-grade whitening material to the teeth, taking precautions to protect the sensitive gum tissue. The whitening substance will be left on your teeth, usually for about 20 minutes at a time. It’s activated with a special light to enhance its effectiveness. Depending on your treatment goals, you may repeat this process, but the entire treatment should take less than an hour.

By the time you walk out of the office, your teeth will be about two to three shades lighter than they were before. Patients typically find this to be a dramatic improvement! You may also be provided with a take-home whitening gel so that you can maintain your results at home.

Professional teeth whitening kit (at-home)

Some patients prefer to use teeth whitening kits at home. The kits you can purchase over the counter (OTC) in a supermarket contain a much milder grade of bleaching agent, and they typically take a long time to deliver minimal results. However, you can visit your cosmetic dentist to have a take-home kit personalized for you. The dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create trays that will fit perfectly.

You’ll wear one tray each day for 30 minutes. After each whitening session, you’ll see an immediate improvement in the brightness of your smile. You’ll continue to use the trays once daily until you achieve the smile you want, or up to 10 days.

Schedule your teeth whitening in Suffolk County, Long Island

You can get personalized guidance on your cosmetic dentistry goals when you visit the team at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. During your one-on-one consultation with an experienced dentist, you’ll learn about the teeth whitening options that are best suited for your needs and preferences. We’re pleased to offer Sinsational Smiles®, an in-office treatment that takes less than one hour to complete. Or, you can get a professionally created kit to use at home with custom-crafted trays that fit your mouth. Call today to set up an appointment!

Additional resources on cosmetic dentistry:

  1. WebMD, Teeth Whitening and Bleaching, https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#1
  2. Cleveland Clinic, Teeth Whitening: Frequently Asked Questions, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/teeth-whitening/faqs
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