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It’s common for teeth to start to yellow as you age. Stains can accumulate on your teeth every time you drink coffee and tea, red wine or consume foods like blueberries and beets. If you use tobacco or if you don’t keep to a regular professional teeth cleaning schedule, those stains can become even more pronounced, leaving your teeth yellow and dull-looking. Fortunately, you can re-discover your bright, shining smile with help from a teeth bleaching dentist. Professional dental whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in America because it’s effective, quick and easy.
What Are the Benefits of In-Office Teeth Whitening?
Many of our patients find that in-office teeth whitening, also known as chairside whitening, provides dramatic results that they can enjoy immediately. Unlike at-home products, in-office treatment is carefully supervised by our professional team to ensure that your treatment is safe. This careful attention also allows us to ensure that you remain pain-free during the procedure and that you have consistent, expected results. With in-office treatment, our dentists use a much more highly concentrated bleaching gel than you’ll find in do-it-yourself products, which means that your teeth will be whiter immediately with professional treatment.
Still, you should be aware that all teeth do not respond similarly to whitening treatments. Surface stains caused by food, beverages, smoking and other tobacco use respond most effectively. All whitening treatments are less effective on teeth that are discolored because of structural issues such as decay or injury and teeth that are gray from medication use such as tetracycline. While your natural tooth surfaces respond to whitening treatment, restored surfaces such as those with crowns, veneers and fillings won’t lighten during treatment.
Once the underlying cause of your tooth discoloration is determined, we’ll work with you to find the best teeth whitening treatment for your smile. We’re always happy to answer your questions and help you determine whether in-office teeth whitening is your best choice. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation with our teeth bleaching dentist.
Is There an Option for Teeth Whitening at Home?
For our patients who want the convenience of an effective at-home option, we provide custom-made, professional teeth whitening kits. To make your kit, we take impressions of your teeth so we can create whitening trays that fit your teeth perfectly. Along with your custom trays, we’ll provide you with professional-grade teeth whitening gel that is more powerful than the gel found in most over-the-counter kits. You’ll wear our gel-filled trays for about an hour each day for two weeks. After this use, your teeth can be as many as six shades lighter.
How Much Does Teeth Bleaching Cost?
The cost of teeth whitening is based on the kind of bleaching system used, the number of treatments required and whether you’ll need at-home follow-up treatment kits. If your dentist needs to make repairs to even out the shading of your crowns, fillings and veneers, that cost will also be included in your total expense. Your specific dental needs will be determined when you consult with our dentist. After your consultation, we’ll give you a treatment plan and a thorough estimate of your teeth whitening cost.
Why Opt for Professional Versus DIY Teeth Whitening Products
If you’ve tried over-the-counter teeth whitening gels, strips, trays, rinses or toothpastes, you’ve likely experienced only a very faint lightening of your tooth color. That’s because these DIY systems don’t have the strength of our dental whitening gels. In fact, professional dental whitening gels are so much more potent than over-the-counter products, that you’ll experience noticeably whiter teeth as soon as the professional procedure’s complete. DIY products are often used incorrectly, which can lead to irritated gums and teeth that are unevenly lightened. With in-office treatment, our professional supervision helps keep your gums safe and ensures that you enjoy a brighter smile immediately.
What Should I Expect During a Teeth Whitening Procedure?
While each teeth whitening procedure varies according to the system used, you can generally expect a few similar steps to occur regardless of the type of whitening system your dentist uses. The following are some activities you can expect to occur during your procedure:
- Your dentist begins by examining and cleaning your teeth.
- A cheek retractor is used to reveal your teeth.
- A protective fluid is applied to your gums to keep them shielded from the powerful bleaching gel.
- A layer of bleaching gel is applied to your teeth and allowed to sit. It is then removed and another layer is applied. This process is often repeated several times.
- A light may be used to intensify whitening.
Your dentist may take photos of your teeth before, during and after your procedure to monitor progress. Once treatment is finished, your dentist will evaluate whether additional treatment is needed.
Are you ready for a whiter, more appealing smile? We can help, so call us to find out more about cosmetic teeth whitening in Oxon Hill.