It’s possible to whiten your teeth in one dental appointment, or gradually over the course of weeks, depending on the treatment that you choose.

Everyone would love a bright smile, but most people are not completely satisfied with the colour of their teeth. Dietary habits often cause stains and discolouration, but the good news is that these issues can be addressed with a professional whitening treatment. So, how long does it take to achieve results? The truth is that this will depend on what type of treatment you choose — read on to find out more about your options and how quickly you can expect to enjoy a whiter smile.

1.  Whiten your teeth at your dentist’s office

If you choose to have your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office, you can expect the process to take around 90 minutes to complete. Once the treatment is finished, you will be able to see your results immediately. In fact, undergoing an in-chair whitening treatment is the fastest way to achieve dramatic results as it is possible to whiten your teeth up to eight shades in just one appointment.

Provided you maintain proper oral hygiene and limit your consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks, it is possible to enjoy the results of an in-chair whitening treatment for a year or more. 

2.  Whiten your teeth at home

If you would prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, you might consider a take-home treatment kit. With a take-home kit, you will notice the results of the treatment much more gradually — most people begin to see results within a week or so, while maximum results generally take between two and four weeks to achieve. The results that you achieve will depend on the strength of the whitening formula that you use, as well as the length of time that you wear your tray. One of the benefits of a take-home whitening tray is that you can control the shade of your teeth yourself.

3.  Make sure you’re a suitable candidate

If you are considering a whitening treatment but are not sure which option is most suitable for you, it is advisable that you consult with your dentist. They will begin by performing a thorough examination in order to identify any possible dental problems, and will also determine the cause of your stains and discolouration. If any underlying issues are identified, your dentist will probably recommend that these are addressed before the whitening process begins. They will also confirm that you are a suitable candidate for the treatment, and let you know which method of whitening is best for you.

4.  Make your results last

Once you have had your teeth professionally whitened, it is important that you practice proper oral hygiene habits in order to maintain your results for as long as possible. This includes brushing at least twice a day, brushing after eating or drinking anything that can stain the teeth, flossing daily, and rinsing with water or mouthwash after eating. You might also consider using a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash between whitening treatments.

Try to avoid foods and drinks that can easily cause stains — these include tea, coffee, wine, dark sauces and highly pigmented fruits and berries.

How can we help?

At Blue Star Dental, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services, including in-chair whitening treatments and take-home whitening kits. The type of treatment that you choose will depend on your particular needs, aesthetic goals and budget. If you would like to effectively brighten your smile, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can confirm that you are a candidate for treatment. We will also let you know which treatment is best for you, and explain the process in detail.

If you would like to find out more about the teeth whitening options that we offer at Blue Star Dental give us a call on (07) 3801 3499.