How Long Does It Take To Whiten My Teeth?

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Looking for a quick way to boost your self-confidence? Try teeth whitening! It’s a fast and effective way to increase your self-esteem. But what’s the fastest way to a whiter smile? Naturally, you’re wondering how long treatment will actually take. 

On average, professional teeth whitening treatments show results within 24 hours. The treatments themselves can take 30-90 minutes to complete.

Over-the-counter treatments (which aren’t tailored to your mouth or specific concerns) take longer; you may need to wait up to 2-3 weeks. These are the products you find at the grocery store, like whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, or rinses. Teeth whitening mouthwashes typically take the longest to show results. 

Interested in teeth whitening in Winnipeg? All sorts of factors affect how quickly you’ll notice a difference, from the treatment you choose to the condition of your teeth. We’re going to explore all the factors that determine the effectiveness of teeth whitening: 


Factors that Affect Teeth Whitening 

Depending on the condition of your teeth, they will respond differently to various teeth whitening methods. Factors include:

  • Root canals. If you’re dealing with discolouration from a root canal, whitening treatments will generally be less effective. 
  • Type of stain. Surface stains are generally the easiest to target through whitening treatments.
  • Crowns. Do you have any dental crowns that are made of porcelain or composite porcelain? Teeth whitening treatments will not affect the colour of a crown.
  • Medical conditions. Certain medications (including tetracycline) can result in teeth staining.
  • Decay. If you have teeth that are a shade of brown or grey, you may require more whitening treatments to get the results you desire.


How Long Do Teeth Whitening Treatments Last?

You’re starting to see results from your whitening treatment. But your enjoyment is cut short when you realize that your bright smile may not last forever. Will your teeth eventually revert to their original colour?

Your lifestyle choices largely determine how long your bright smile will last. Here’s an example:

Teeth whitening services can lift surface stains, like the ones you get from drinking coffee, tea, or red wine. But if you continue drinking those beverages once your whitening treatment is complete, you can expect the stains to gradually reappear. The same goes for those who smoke.

To keep your bright smile, consider adjusting your diet to cut out teeth-staining foods and drinks (and quitting smoking).  


Choose a Professional Teeth Whitening Method

The fastest way to a whiter smile is with professional teeth whitening. Your dentist will tailor your treatment based on the unique shape of your mouth, teeth, and gums. They’ll choose a safe and effective approach that considers your current oral health, tooth sensitivity, and how many shades you want to whiten your teeth.  

For safe, quick, and effective results, visit our Winnipeg dental office. At East Kildonan Dental, our dentists will meet with you to determine the best teeth whitening method. This affordable and safe service can brighten your teeth by several shades.

Interested in scheduling a consultation? We offer in-office and take-home teeth whitening solutions. Contact us today!


Article written by East Kildonan Dental

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