Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures of all time, and it is highly sought after to improve smiles and keep teeth shining bright and white. Our team at Lansdowne Dental Care in Leesburg is excited to share our excitement for this fast and effective procedure.
Dr. Tracey Nguyen, one of the most skilled dentists in the industry, highly recommends the teeth whitening process to anyone who is interested in boosting their confidence and brightening their smile.
You may have several questions about the tooth whitening procedure. Our job is to answer any and all questions you may have with the information below. Feel free to contact us at any time if you are interested in setting up a quick and easy tooth whitening appointment!
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Tooth whitening is a painless procedure that uses either whitening gels or a laser-light device to get rid of the discoloration in your teeth. Before understanding how the whitening process works, it is important to understand that there are two different types of tooth stains that can occur:
- Extrinsic stains are located on the outer layer of the tooth. Consuming certain food items such as coffee and soda will stain the enamel of the teeth, causing a dark stain.
- Intrinsic stains affect the innermost part of the tooth, underneath the enamel. This can occur if you have a damaged tooth that has suffered internal bleeding. This may also occur if you were exposed to high levels of fluoride during developmental childhood.
Fortunately, both types of stains can be removed with tooth whitening. At Lansdowne Dental Care, Dr. Tracey Nguyen offers three teeth whitening options:
- Whitening trays, which can be taken home and worn each day to make a lasting impression on your teeth. This uses a variety of natural chemicals and safe bleaching products.
- Zoom! Teeth whitening, which implements a laser light to heat a dental-approved gel on your mouth. This is typically done in-office and is one of the most technologically advanced teeth whitening options in the Leesburg area.
- GLO Whitening, a combined office procedure and take-home kit that includes a PH enhancer. This process typically keeps teeth whiter for longer periods of time. The kit includes a mouthpiece, GLO dock, case, 10 vials up to 40 applications, and GLO lip care items.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Depending on the type of procedure you invest in, teeth whitening can typically last several years. Gels and take-home trays offer varying results, which patients have reported to last anywhere from six months to three years.
If you consume certain tooth-staining products, this may shorten the lifespan of your tooth-whitening efforts. Try to stay away from food items such as:
- Fruit Juice
Of course, you don’t have to write off these items completely – just be extremely careful when you consume them. If you play on drinking soda or coffee, consume it through a straw so it does not touch your teeth. Dr. Tracey Nguyen recommends getting rid of coffee and tobacco altogether in order to preserve the brightness and bleached effects of the tooth whitening procedure.
Methods to Whiten Your Teeth at Home
Dr. Tracey Nguyen recommends the GLO Whitening System as a state-of-the-art kit, putting the power of teeth whitening into your own hands. With this kit, you will be able to take care of your sensitive teeth with no problem at all.
Many patients are afraid that tooth whitening processes will damage or hurt their already-sensitive teeth. If you have sensitive teeth and gums, there are many at-home options to soothe your pain. GLO Whitening is proven to be gentle and swift, using friendly bleaching products to keep you feeling confident.
At Lansdowne Dental Care, we also offer our own customized teeth whitening trays that you can take home with you. Our professional dentists will create an impression of your teeth, which will then be used to make your own personal whitening trays. When given the trays, you are tasked with wearing them each day with our own bleaching solution. The trays will hold the bleaching agent in place, which will work to get rid of deep stains and discolorations.
Our take-home whitening processes can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks to complete. A personal assessment by Dr. Tracey Nguyen will give you a better idea of your timeframe. It all depends on the level of discoloration on your teeth, as well as which color your teeth are stained with.
Are Teeth Whitening Products Safe?
The American Dental Association has deemed most tooth-whitening products safe for use, especially because the bleaching agents are designed to remove stains from above and below the enamel. Although it is not recommended to swallow or consume the bleaching products, they are safe for use on your teeth.
It is highly recommended, however, to wait until you have consulted with your dentist before investing in tooth whitening strips. Lansdowne Dental Care offers in-office tooth cleaning solutions, which are performed under 100% supervision in our own safe and comfortable rooms. That way, you won’t have to worry about the products being used.
Take-home strips and the whitening agents provided by our office are eligible for the ADA Seal of Acceptance program, deeming them safe and appropriate for use. If you are still feeling uncertain about the level of safety that our tooth whitening strips contain, Dr. Tracey Nguyen will review the possible side effects that may occur, such as:
- Sensitive teeth and gums.
- Slight irritation in the gums.
- The inability to eat hot or cold foods for a short amount of time.
If any of these side effects are to occur, our dentists will provide the proper treatment for care. In most cases, the feeling of sensitivity and irritation will go away in a day.
Invest in Teeth Whitening at Lansdowne Dental Care
Dr. Tracey Nguyen is passionate about creating the perfect smile, and our tooth whitening professionals at Lansdowne Dental Care are happy to provide the best care possible. If you are interested in learning more about our tooth whitening process, or you would like to schedule a consultation, please visit us online or give us a call at (703) 723-7810. We look forward to hearing from you!