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Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest and most affordable ways you can makeover your smile and look 10 years younger. As we age, our teeth yellow, look dull and accumulate stains from smoking, coffee, tea and other dark beverages. If you’re getting married, going to a class reunion or you have an important interview coming up, in-office teeth whitening can get you ready quickly. Call our office today for more information on teeth whitening in Fairfax.
Why Is Professional Teeth Whitening the Preferred Option?
People prefer to see a teeth bleaching dentist because they know it is the only way to get brilliant results in about an hour. Not only is in-office teeth whitening fast, it is safe. Your treatment is done in a controlled environment with dental professionals monitoring you. Our dentist uses a strong bleaching agent which soaks through the enamel of your teeth and lightens the dentin, which is the middle layer of your tooth. The dentin is the part of your tooth that turns yellow, so when the bleaching agent lightens it, your teeth appear brighter.
Having an in-office teeth whitening treatment ensures you’ll have the results you expect. Our dentist will check for cracked teeth, loose fillings or gum disease, all of which could cause you pain if a dentist does not address them first. Your dentist will also look for intrinsic staining, such as the internal tooth stains you can get from too much fluoride or certain antibiotics. These stains don’t respond to the bleaching agent. Crowns, veneers and bridge work also won’t whiten along with the rest of your teeth.
If you would like a reliable, safe teeth whitening treatment by a dentist who can help you obtain the results you desire, please contact our dental practice to schedule an appointment.
Can a Dentist Give Me a Teeth Whitening at Home Kit?
If you come in for an appointment, your dentist can determine if you’re a good candidate for a professional-grade teeth whitening kit you can use at home. He or she will have a dental lab create a custom tray for you to use from an impression of your teeth. You’ll also receive a bleaching agent to use which is stronger than the products sold in stores. If you follow the directions, you should have noticeably whiter teeth in a few days, but it takes about two weeks to achieve optimal results.
How Much Will My Teeth Bleaching Cost?
If you come into our office for a teeth whitening consultation, our dentist can determine your needs and let you know your anticipated cost. He or she will need to choose a whitening system, determine if you have restorations that need to be color matched and decide if a follow up treatment is likely to be necessary.
How Does Teeth Whitening from a Dentist Compare to Drugstore Teeth Whitening Products?
If you just need to lighten your teeth a shade or two, the strips, toothpastes and pens your local drugstore sells should be enough to get you the results you seek in a few weeks. When you visit a teeth bleaching dentist, your teeth can be up to eight shades lighter in one afternoon. Dentists use professional-grade bleaching agents which stores cannot sell since they require monitoring by a dental professional. DIY whitening products also can give uneven results or cause gum irritation if you don’t use them exactly as directed.
How Do Dentists Whiten Teeth?
While the steps in different teeth whitening systems vary slightly, you can expect the procedure to be more or less as described below.
1. Your dentist will examine your teeth and possibly suggest a teeth cleaning before your teeth whitening procedure.
2. Your dentist will compare your teeth to a shade chart to determine your beginning color. He or she may also take a photo, or you can take one yourself.
3. We’ll put a cheek retractor in your mouth to expose your teeth.
4. A protective liquid or gel goes over your gums to keep the bleaching agent from irritating them.
5. Your dentist will apply, remove and reapply coats of the whitening solution, leaving it on for 10 to 20 minutes at a time.
6. Your dentist may choose a system which uses a special light to enhance the results.
7. Your dentist will evaluate the final results to see if you may need additional treatments to reach your desired level of whiteness.
Expect your teeth whitening treatment to take between 60 and 90 minutes. Your results can last two to three years if you avoid smoking or consuming foods and beverages which stain your teeth without rinsing afterward.
If you’re looking for a quick way to have a whiter smile, call our dental practice to arrange a consultation to learn more about our teeth whitening in Fairfax service.