Dental Care for the Whole Family

How Long Will Professional Teeth Whitening Last?


With professional-grade bleaching agents, the results of our teeth whitening treatments can be dazzling and give your smile a bright new appearance. Opalescence® Boost in-office treatment and Opalescence® at-home kits are two popular whitening procedures that give our patients at Schultz Center for Dentistry easy options to remove surface stains and deeper-set discoloration. A common question our patients ask when considering these treatments is how long they can expect their smile to remain bright.

For most patients, the results of Opalescence® Boost – a one-hour in-office treatment – typically last from 6-12 months. Factors that can influence the duration of your results may include:

  • Drinks that cause staining such as coffee, tea, and wine
  • Foods that cause staining such as blueberries and blackberries
  • Smoking habits
  • Oral hygiene habits

By avoiding food and drink that are known to stain teeth as well as smoking tobacco, you can keep your teeth whiter for longer stretches of time. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing as instructed by Dr. Jeffrey Schultz can also remove surface stains from the teeth and prolong your results.

Finally, many of our patients choose to use custom-made trays combined with the Opalescence® at-home whitening kit to perform touch-up treatments when they notice their results beginning to fade. While it is impossible to predict with complete accuracy how your teeth will respond to professional whitening, Dr. Schultz will monitor your progress and help you reach your cosmetic goal of a brighter, whiter smile.