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When Should I Start Teeth Whitening?

How Quickly Can Teeth Whitening Results Happen?

Teeth whitening is an excellent option for patients who want to feel more confident about their teeth — especially for a big occasion. If you're planning on getting married or attending a special event in the near future, teeth whitening might be a good option for you.

Whitening your teeth before an event can boost confidence and make you feel more beautiful! But, when should you start?

Correcting Staining

Your teeth can become stained for various reasons - from drinking coffee and tea to eating dark-colored berries, such as blueberries, to smoking cigarettes. Over time, these staining agents can accumulate on your teeth and make them appear yellow or discolored. It's also possible that some patients naturally have yellower teeth due to their genetics.

Professional or Over-the-Counter?

When it comes to teeth whitening, there are many options available to you. You can go to the dentist for professional teeth whitening or you can buy over-the-counter treatments.

If you're looking for a teeth whitening treatment that will produce results quickly, going to the dentist is your best bet. This is because the treatments are stronger, long-lasting, and safer. Dentists can offer professional teeth whitening treatments that are very effective and help brighten your smile quicker. You'll likely start to see results after just one appointment!

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening treatments work by using a bleaching agent to break down the staining molecules and remove the discoloration. The bleaching agent is typically a hydrogen peroxide solution applied to the teeth in either a gel or a strip form.

Treatment Timeline

The teeth whitening process usually takes around two weeks, but it can take longer for more severe cases of teeth staining. It is essential to continue using the teeth whitening gel once the initial treatment is completed to maintain the results.

It's important to note that teeth whitening treatments don't always produce perfect results immediately. It can take a few days or weeks for teeth whitening treatments to work their magic. This all depends on how stained your teeth are and how your smile responds to the treatment. So if you're short on time, you should speak to your dentist about your timeline to see if teeth whitening is realistic for you.

Whitening for Special Events

If you're planning on teeth whitening before an event, make sure you give yourself enough time to achieve the results you want. If you are looking for a dramatic transformation for your wedding day, then it is recommended that you start teeth whitening treatments about two months before the big day. This will give you plenty of time to achieve the desired results.

If you are looking for a more subtle change, teeth whitening treatments a few weeks before the wedding will be sufficient. Whatever your goals, our team can help decide what's best for your smile.

Teeth Whitening Aftercare

Remember that teeth whitening is not a permanent solution, so you may need to undergo occasional touch-ups after your initial treatment. Patients should also avoid foods and drinks that can stain teeth, such as red wine and coffee, to ensure they are whitening their teeth as efficiently as possible, and keeping them bright. You should also brush your teeth regularly with whitening toothpaste and floss at least once a day.

Teeth Whitening in Shreveport

If you are looking for an instant teeth whitening solution, then professional treatments from the dentist are your best. We offer two types of whitening solutions for our Shreveport patients:

Take-home Whitening Trays

Take-home whitening trays are a popular option for many of our patients. These trays are safe, effective, and can be done anytime, anywhere. You apply our whitening gel to your custom-made trays and wear them for a few hours each day. The bleaching agent found in the whitening solution removes the stains from your enamel and gradually whitens your teeth after each treatment.

Zoom Whitening

The second option for getting you a whiter smile is Zoom Whitening. In approximately 45 minutes, your teeth can become 6 to 8 shades whiter. This system is safe, effective, and delivers marvelous and beautiful results. This treatment can be completed in just one office visit and doesn't change the shape or position of your teeth. However, it will change and enhance your smile substantially.


Contact our team at Sterling Dental Center today to get started!