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What are the chances of success in bleaching? How long does the white last?

Bleaching is an excellent way to increase your own well-being through more beautiful teeth whitening. Nevertheless, the result cannot be predicted with certainty. How much teeth are whitened depends on many factors. Highly concentrated bleach from the dental practice bleaches more intensely than low-concentration drugstore products. But the type of discoloration also has an influence: yellowish-brownish discolorations respond better to bleaching than bluish-gray ones. Discoloration caused by medication (tetracycline) can often not be completely removed.

There are very different statements about how long the new teeth whitening will last. That also depends on the individual situation of the patient - oral flora, oral hygiene, general illnesses, eating habits, luxury foods have an influence here. Experience shows that teeth whitening should be repeated after 1-3 years if you want to keep your teeth whitened.

Bleaching from the drugstore

Tooth whiteners are also offered in drugstores, pharmacies and supermarkets for inexpensive self-treatment. These gels, varnishes and adhesive strips usually differ from the “more professional” agents used in dental practices in that they have a lower concentration of bleaching substances, which affects the lightening effect.

Whitening toothpastes

Toothpastes that promise lightening often contain a high proportion of mechanical cleaning agents. These then not only grind off plaque, but also healthy tooth substance, which leads to a loss of substance, especially in the case of exposed tooth necks. Toothpastes with chemical whiteners are also not unreservedly recommended. Get advice from your dental practice.

Side effects

Whitening should always be carried out under the supervision of your dentist - even if it is “only” products from the drugstore. It is important to prepare well in the dental practice and to follow the instructions for use of the bleaching agents. During the treatment, pain, burning sensation in the mucous membranes and increased sensitivity of the teeth and gums may occur - symptoms that will disappear over time. Bleaching agents can reduce the surface hardness of the tooth - fluoridation after the treatment hardens the tooth again. When doing home bleaching, care should be taken to ensure that excess whitening gel is removed thoroughly and, if possible, does not come into contact with the gums. This can lead to gum irritation.

Fillings and dentures

Fillings, crowns and bridges are hardly affected in color by the bleaching and appear darker than the whitened teeth after bleaching. Fillings in the visible area must therefore be replaced after the treatment. It should be noted that a new composite filling may be placed at the earliest 1-2 weeks after the bleaching treatment.


Bleaching is considered a cosmetic treatment, is not part of the service catalog of the statutory health insurance and must therefore be paid for privately. Even privately insured persons usually do not receive any reimbursement.
The prices can vary greatly depending on the bleaching procedure and the individual effort in the dental practice.