Professional Teeth Whitening in Gaithersburg
Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Reasons For Teeth Whitening
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.
What Are The Best Teeth Whitening Options
- Whitening Toothpastes
- Over-the-Counter Whitening Strips
- Tray-Based Tooth Whitening
- In-Office whitening
The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.
How Long Does it Last?
Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic, trays.
Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
Taking Care of Your Teeth After Whitening Treatment
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
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