How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Updated: Jul 23



Let’s face it, we all want to look our best every day, and maintaining our smiles is a key element of beauty and grooming—while regular dental checkups can reduce tartar and plaque, having whiter teeth helps us look more professional and boosts our self-confidence. 


We all make regular trips to the hairdresser and nail salon, but what we may not realize is that whiter teeth require maintenance too! After your initial treatment, periodic visits help you get the most mileage out of your treatment while ensuring you look your absolute best. But how long does teeth whitening last? 


Here are the recommended guidelines on when to schedule your next follow-up:


Option 1: Every 2 Months

Do you use any type of tobacco or vape pen? If yes, it is recommended you have a 20-minute touch-up every two months for maintenance. This will help keep the tobacco stains off your teeth and improve your oral health. A huge bonus for any tobacco user is the instaSEAL finishing treatment with 5280 Teeth Whitening, which allows you to resume tobacco use and any food or drink immediately after whitening.


Faster and less frequent than your trips to the barber or hair stylist, visits every two months keep your teeth looking like you just had them fully whitened, all year round. And professional whitening with 5280 Teeth Whitening is very safe, since they use only all-natural products and there’s no damage to the integrity of your enamel. These quick visits also reduce the risk for any top staining, as they don’t allow the stains time to settle in.


Option 2: Every 4–6 Months

The four-month mark tends to be the most popular option. Three visits a year for your 20-minute touch-up staves off any discoloration, and when combined with the instaSEAL finishing treatment that closes the pores of your enamel immediately, you’ve got a highly effective routine that easily fits your schedule.

Option 3: Every 6 Months

Given the porous composition of your teeth, six months is the recommended maximum for maintenance. Any longer and you risk re-staining your teeth, requiring a full whitening treatment to return your smile to its former glory.


The Short Answer

Your professional teeth-whitening treatment will last anywhere from 6 months to 18 months. However, as indicated by the Oral Health Foundation, it really varies depending on your habits. “The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth.”


All the more reason to work some maintenance treatments into your schedule to look and feel your best!


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