If you want a dazzling white smile, the cosmetic dentists in Northern Virginia at Galleria Dental Aesthetics can provide it. Stained, discolored teeth can affect your confidence and make you want to hide your smile. You, too, can have the brilliant, beautiful smile you see on your favorite celebrities with Arlington teeth whitening services.
WHAT IS TEETH WHITENING?
Teeth whitening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a considerable difference in your smile. From whitening toothpastes to professional teeth whitening treatments, having a white smile is now within virtually everyone’s reach. At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, we understand that many of our discerning patients desire immediate results, and we are dedicated to meeting those needs in our Tysons Corner and Arlington locations.
WHAT CAUSES TOOTH DISCOLORATION?
There are many factors that may cause tooth discoloration. Such factors include:
- Damage to the teeth
- Poor oral hygiene
- Antibiotic (tetracycline)
Over time, these stains may darken. Teeth whitening is one of the most common and effective cosmetic dental procedures performed today. Teeth whitening by the experienced cosmetic dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics using ZOOM! technology can get your teeth whiter than they have been in years.
TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS
At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, our cosmetic dentists in Northern Virginia can perform teeth whitening in our offices or provide you with take-home whitening trays. The whitening trays are custom made to fit the curves of your smile. Special whitening gel is used in the trays which are typically worn during the evening hours.
ZOOM! TEETH WHITENING PROCEDURE
ZOOM! teeth whitening is a state-of-the-art teeth whitening system that takes about 45 minutes to perform. Three 15-minute sessions during one visit can dramatically whiten your teeth by several shades.
Once we have cleaned your teeth, ZOOM! gel is applied. The active ingredient in the gel is hydrogen peroxide. A special light is directed at your teeth to help the gel break down the stains on your teeth. In about one hour, your teeth will be several shades lighter than if you only used toothpaste with whitening or over-the-counter whitening strips.
AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING
In addition to ZOOM!, we also offer custom take-home whitening trays and gel. You can then whiten your teeth at your own pace in the privacy of your own home. The take-home trays, while also very effective, may take up to two weeks to produce the desired results.
IN OFFICE VS. AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING
Professional in-office whitening treatments, such as the ZOOM! teeth whitening technology used in our offices, can significantly whiten your teeth in just one office visit. These types of systems use a higher concentration of whitening agent or bleach combined with a special light to increase the effectiveness of the whitening system. Because the entire process is monitored by a dental professional, the whitening results are even across the entire tooth surface as well as in between the teeth. vs
In contrast, over-the-counter methods typically take several weeks to achieve a level of whitening that may or may not reach your desired brightness. Inconsistent whitening over the tooth surface is probable because the strips are not molded to fit the nooks and crannies of your smile. Mouth saliva can interfere with the whitening process, and some products can cause the tooth enamel to become dry.
HOW LONG DOES TEETH WHITENING LAST?
Because tooth enamel is porous, natural teeth will always be susceptible to staining substances. Likewise, the eventual thinning of tooth enamel as you age can continue to cause tooth discoloration. It is for these reasons that tooth whitening is not a permanent cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on your personal habits and genetics, touch-up whitening treatments will most likely need to be performed in the future.
TEETH WHITENING SIDE EFFECTS
The main side effect of teeth whitening is tooth or gum sensitivity, although not every patient will have this experience. Genetics, the concentration of the whitening agent or bleach, and the reaction of the whitening agent on the tooth enamel all play a part in how susceptible a patient may be to teeth whitening sensitivity. Desensitizing agents can minimize this potential side effect. A thorough dental examination by our trained team of professionals can help to identify some potential trouble areas so preventative measures can be taken to eliminate possible tooth and/or gum sensitivity.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
If you lack self-confidence due to staining on your teeth, contact the dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics in Tysons Corner for an initial tooth whitening appointment. You can call the office at (703) 448-1020. We serve the areas of McLean, Arlington, Tysons and surrounding areas in northern Virginia.