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Teeth Whitening

At Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry, teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that removes stains and discoloration from teeth to improve their appearance. Most patients undergo teeth whitening treatment in their dentist’s office, although some over-the-counter products can achieve acceptable results. Professional in-office teeth whitening is the most effective method of brightening a patient’s smile. 


Types of Teeth Whitening

With your cosmetic dentist’s help, you can choose the best type of whitening for you. The fastest way to see results is with in-office treatments. In-office bleaching uses a robust hydrogen peroxide solution to lighten stains from the surface of teeth. It can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter in just one visit. Take-home whitening kits are a less-expensive option that gradually lightens the shade of your teeth over a few weeks. These use a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide to whiten your smile. Laser treatments are the most expensive alternative and are the fastest option for complete smile makeovers. They remove years of stains in one session and use heat energy to penetrate the teeth and remove discoloration. 


Why Should I Get My Teeth Whitened?

Your teeth change color over time, and that’s completely normal. However, your lifestyle choices can accelerate this change, resulting in stains that can be difficult to remove with daily brushing. Stains can also occur when your teeth are exposed to foods and beverages high in tannins or acids. Coffee, tea, red wine, soft drinks, chocolate, berries, soy sauce, tomatoes, curry sauce, and ketchup can cause staining.


Professional teeth whitening also gives you results you can’t get at home. Professional whitening is also safe for people with sensitive teeth and gums since the bleaching solution is carefully controlled for sensitivity and used only on the parts of the teeth that are exposed during the procedure.


How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Professional teeth whitening is performed in the dentist’s office and can brighten teeth by up to many shades. The whitening solution is applied to the teeth and activated using a light or laser. Once activated, the peroxide gel breaks down the bonds between the enamel and stains of the tooth structure. Most patients experience little to no sensitivity during the procedure; however, some patients may experience minor irritation immediately following the process. These symptoms can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen. Patients can also use toothpaste for sensitive teeth after their procedure to minimize irritation and discomfort.


If you want to try whitening but are unsure which option is best for you, visit Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry at 2440 M Street, NW, Suite 328, Washington, DC 20037, or call (202) 785-4141.

 

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2440 M Street, NW, Suite 328,
Washington, DC 20037

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