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Teeth Whitening

Dentist Herndon

If you have already taken care of most of your dental problems, you should consider a treatment purely for improving the appearance of your teeth and smile. Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly performed types of dental cosmetic treatments. Millions of people have regained their self-confidence and self-esteem by undergoing professional teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening

It is not uncommon to experience some degree of teeth staining as you grow older. Some things that could speed up the process include a heavy consumption of sugary, acidic beverages like sodas. The acids can strip away your tooth enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable to staining.

Some other possible causes of tooth staining include:

  • Genetics
  •  Smoking tobacco products
  • The aging process
  • Drinking sugary and acidic sodas
  • Drinking dark-colored drinks like tea, coffee and red wine

Best Candidates

The best candidates for professional teeth whitening are those who desire several shades of whitening to improve their smile. Good candidates also need to have had any needed dental work done prior to a professional teeth whitening treatment. For example, you cannot have missing fillings before a treatment, as the whitening agent could seep into the inner parts of the tooth.

Why Professional Teeth Whitening?

Many people choose to attempt whitening their teeth on their own at home. Various products are available in places like pharmacies and grocery stores, such as:

  • Kits
  • Trays
  • Toothpastes

Some people are happy with the results of these types of over-the-counter products. Unfortunately, most people find that the results that they offer are very disappointing. One of the main reasons is that these products simply do not have the high concentration of active ingredients necessary for whitening the teeth more than a shade or two. Your dentist has a professional strength whitening gel to whiten your teeth many shades to achieve your desired outcome.

Another advantage to undergoing professional teeth whitening is the fact that you will be under professional supervision during the entire treatment. Many over-the-counter products lead to extreme teeth sensitivity. With professional teeth whitening, your dental team will be ensuring that your sensitive gums do not come into contact with the whitening gel.

Types of Professional Teeth Whitening

There are a couple of main types of professional teeth whitening treatments. One involves a dental appointment in which your dental team will place a gel within a tray that fits around your teeth. The whitening gel will remain in contact with your teeth for a specific amount of time, depending upon your treatment goals. A special light can be used to enhance the process.

Another possibility is having some trays custom-made for you. You could then take them home and fill them with professional whitening gel. You would need to wear them for a specific amount of time, depending upon how much whitening you need.

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Brighten your smile professional teeth whitening. Our dental office offers teeth whitening consultations. New patients are welcome too! Contact us today.