Tooth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments available to patients looking to refresh their natural smile. After all, the term “pearly whites” refers to bright, healthy teeth! Ridgetop Dental is a Sterling, VA dentist office offering tooth whitening either in-office or in a take-home kit. Learn more about how teeth get discolored and your options for restoring your smile quickly and painlessly.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Even if you’ve faithfully cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your teeth will still occur naturally over time. This process can also be hastened along by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily coffee, tea, cola or red wine. Even using certain prescription medications can cause discoloration.
Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily can slow this process down and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. However, it cannot reverse this process.
Northern VA dental team Ridgetop Dental offers patients the option of in-office or take-home teeth whitening. Both treatments can erase years’ worth of stains and restore a more youthful appearance for your teeth. A fresh, white smile can boost your sense of confidence and help you feel ready to meet whatever challenge you’re facing.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our fastest method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. This takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Results will depend on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth, with certain stains being more difficult to erase completely. Your dentist will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
Using laser technology, the professional bleaching agent is applied to the teeth to penetrate the enamel for long-lasting results. Your safety is our first concern and a protective barrier is applied to sensitive gum tissue to prevent discomfort or sensitivity.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Our most convenient method for removing stains from your tooth enamel is at-home teeth whitening. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that we’ll create in the office and maximum strength bleaching gel. The take home kit will provide results far superior to over the counter options such as whitening strips and toothpastes that you may see for sale at your local drugstore.
At home, you will fill the trays with gel and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel will remove stains and, because it contains fluoride, it will also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your enamel. After about a week of regular use, your teeth will look dramatically whiter.
Teeth Whitening in Sterling, VA
To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Ridgetop Dental by calling 703-520-7410 or request an appointment online.