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Over time, your teeth can become dull and stained. A dentist-administered teeth whitening treatment can help you get back the bright, sparkling pearly whites.
If you have an important event coming up or you need to make a positive first impression on someone, professional teeth whitening can give you a healthy looking smile. At Silver Line Smiles of Tyson’s Corner, our dentists are experienced in providing whitening services for patients. If you’re tired of your yellowed or stained teeth, call us right away for an appointment.
Why Should I Choose Chair-side Teeth Whitening?
Professional whitening actually bleaches your teeth, unlike toothpastes and whitening strips which just remove surface stains. Having a dentist whiten your teeth is pain-free and safe. A dental professional monitors you, ensuring consistent results. The treatment works best for patients with stains from tobacco use or from consuming certain beverages, such as coffee and red wine. In general, yellow teeth respond well to teeth whitening.
Teeth discolored by tetracycline use, too much fluoride or trauma to the tooth don’t respond to teeth bleaching; these stains are permanent. Our dentist will examine your teeth to determine if whitening will give you the results you expect. He or she may suggest alternatives to hide teeth which won’t whiten, such as a veneer or a crown. Crowns and veneers don’t change color either.
If you call our office and request a consultation, our dentist can determine if teeth whitening will deliver the results you want.
Can a Dentist Help Me Whiten My Teeth at Home?
Dentists can help you with teeth whitening at home if you would prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. Our dentist can have a custom tray made for you and he or she will also create a tailored, professional-grade bleaching gel for you to put in the tray. Unlike whitening trays sold in stores, the custom tray will fit perfectly and keep the bleaching gel away your gums. Normally, you’ll wear the tray for an hour a day or as directed by your dentist. It usually takes two weeks to achieve your maximum whiteness, although you will notice a change in just a few days.
How Much Does In-office Teeth Whitening Cost?
Several elements influence your teeth bleaching cost. Your dentist will choose the teeth whitening system which is right for you; this will influence your cost. Also, if your dentist needs to color match restorations, this will add to your total cost. Unfortunately, dental insurance rarely covers the cost since teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure. Please contact us to schedule a consultation to learn more about the cost of our affordable teeth bleaching.
Are OTC Teeth Whitening Products Effective?
Whitening products you can buy online or at a drugstore or grocery store are less expensive than seeing a teeth bleaching dentist, but the results are usually disappointing. Whitening strips and trays contain a lower concentration of a bleaching agent so they cannot offer the same fast, dramatic results as in-office whitening. Dentists can use bleaching agents which contain up to 40 percent hydrogen peroxide while drugstore products have around five percent hydrogen peroxide. Additionally, these items can cause gum irritation if used incorrectly. There’s also no evidence that elements such as lemon juice and baking soda, which are often promoted online, work to whiten teeth.
How Does a Teeth Bleaching Dentist Whiten Teeth?
After an examination, you can expect your dentist to take the following steps, which may vary slightly depending on the teeth whitening he or she feels is best for you.
- Your dentist will photograph your teeth and/or record their shade using a shade chart.
- We will place a retractor in your mouth to hold it open and keep the insides of your cheeks and your lips away from the bleaching gel.
- We will coat your gums with a protective barrier so the bleaching gel won’t irritate them.
- Our dentist will coat your teeth with the bleaching gel. He or she may rinse it off after 10 to 20 minutes and reapply several times during your teeth whitening treatment.
- Some systems use a special light to whiten your teeth faster.
- Your dentist will compare the results to your expected outcome to see if you’ll need any followup treatment. Your dentist may suggest a take home kit for touch ups.
You can expect a teeth whitening treatment to last for an hour to an hour and a half. Don’t consume foods that will stain your teeth for the first 24 hours after your treatment. If a food or drink will stain a white shirt, it will stain your teeth.
To schedule an appointment for teeth whitening in McLean, call our office today. We look forward to seeing you smile more confidently.