How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Team Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening represents an investment in your appearance and quality of life. With proper care, it lasts considerably longer than over-the-counter products, about one year.

This blog article will explain the ZOOM!® teeth whitening process and why it lasts longer than at-home solutions.

Reasons Teeth May Become Stained

Foods and Beverages

One of the top reasons teeth become stained is darkly pigmented foods and beverages. Red wine, coffee, tea, and fruit juices can contribute to staining.


Smoking can cause yellow stains on teeth.


As people age, their teeth naturally turn yellow. The enamel thins over time, allowing the yellow dentin material to show through.


Certain medications, like those for blood pressure, cancer, mental health, and antihistamines, can cause staining.

Oral Care Habits

Inconsistent oral care habits can lead to staining and yellowing.

The Zoom Whitening Process

Our office uses the Philips ZOOM!® teeth whitening system for longer-lasting, beautiful smiles. The process begins with covering your lips and gums to protect them from the powerful whitening solution. The dentist applies the proprietary whitening gel to your teeth. The ZOOM!® WhiteSpeed light then activates the gel. The entire process takes about 45 minutes and can whiten your teeth as many as eight shades.

We also offer at-home options with the ZOOM!® system, providing a safe whitening solution and proper dental supervision.

Advantages of Professional Whitening

Many people may believe that over-the-counter whitening treatments at the pharmacy or supermarket are as effective as professional whitening. However, professional whitening provides more dramatic results and lasts significantly longer.

Tooth sensitivity can be an issue after whitening treatments, primarily when people use over-the-counter products too often. ZOOM!® whitening solutions contain ingredients that help your teeth feel less sensitive.

Over-the-counter products may work on surface stains, but in-office teeth whitening brightens below the enamel layer for a deeper, longer-lasting result.

How to Keep Your Teeth Brighter Longer

Keep Regular Dental Appointments

To keep your teeth looking their best, twice-yearly dental appointments are necessary. Regular cleanings can keep plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth and remove surface stains.

Practice Excellent Home Care

A strong home oral care foundation is another major factor in keeping your teeth in their best condition. Ensure that you brush and floss as your dentist directs. You may want to use an electric whitening toothbrush.

Cut Back on Staining Foods and Beverages

Reduce the amount of staining beverages you consume. If you have them, brush your teeth as soon as possible afterward. If you cannot brush your teeth, rinse them with water.

Touch-Ups at Home

You can use our at-home touch-up system to extend the life of your teeth whitening treatment.

Call Howard Levitt, DDS

If you have questions about ZOOM® whitening and how it can help refresh your appearance, please call our office at 203-775-2225. We can schedule an appointment for a long-lasting whitening treatment.