Professional Teeth Whitening in Vienna, VA
Oral health care from Dr. Ellenbogen includes more than just general dental services like cleanings and exams. Modern dentistry has expanded the function of dental care to include enhancing the natural beauty of a patient’s smile through cosmetic dental treatments like professional teeth whitening. This is a popular option that will enhance the brightness of your smile with just one appointment. If you have been considering professional teeth whitening for a while, contact Dr. Ellenbogen for an appointment today. We can be reached at our Vienna, VA dental office at (703) 734-1095.
Why Do Teeth Lose Their Brightness?
All teeth start out with a yellowish or grayish tint from the dentin beneath the enamel. But with time, your teeth become less dazzling and that is just a simple fact of life. The foods you eat, certain medical conditions, genetics, and a combination of other factors cause discoloration. The most common causes of dental stains include:
- Tobacco use
- Intensely colored foods
- Dark beverages
- Poor oral hygiene
Why Do I Need Professional Teeth Whitening?
Most people associate a yellowing smile with poor dental hygiene or old age. So even though teeth whitening is simply a cosmetic procedure, it projects the image of health and youth that most people desire. Even the most charismatic smile can be marred by dark stains. Fortunately there are numerous options for teeth whitening. You have probably seen the over-the-counter methods and some at home whitening tips. Many of these methods do work, but take time and dedication to your smile. If you are looking for stellar and immediate results, then you need to talk to your dentist about professional teeth whitening.
Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening
- Faster results. With just one 45-minute appointment you can have a smile up to 10 shades lighter. This is because the dentist uses a special UV light to activate the peroxide gel and speeds up the process.
- Safest procedure. All of the bleaching agents used in professional whitening are closely monitored so they are effective and safe.
- Monitored by professionals. During treatment, the dentist will be able to check on your progress and monitor the results. There is no risk of over bleaching.
- Longer lasting. The dentist can also provide you with a home whitening kit so you can do touch ups every few months, keeping your smile whiter, longer.
Who is Not a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Although teeth whitening is a great option for treating most extrinsic dental stains, there are some cases where whitening simply won’t work. Stains that are resistant to this treatment include discoloration from trauma, certain antibiotics, and overexposure to fluoride. Other reasons you may not be a good candidate for professional teeth whitening include patients with dental decay, gum disease, hyper sensitivity, and certain types of dental restorations. Also, most dentists do not recommend teeth whitening for patients under the age of 16 because their adult teeth are not completely in place yet.
Professional Teeth Whitening Procedure
First you will consult with Dr. Ellenbogen to talk about your desired results and check to make sure teeth whitening is the best possible treatment option. If we determine professional teeth whitening is the right solution for your smile, we use the Zoom! Whitening system. The Zoom! process is fairly straightforward. Dr. Ellenbogen will apply a bleaching solution to your teeth. He might use a guard or tray to protect your gums and get the gel on your teeth. Once in place, the dentist uses the special light to quicken the process. Usually, the dentist will let the solution sit for 15 minutes, wipe it off and reapply. He will complete this process three or four times until you achieve the desired results.
How Long Will Teeth Whitening Last?
This all depends on your lifestyle and dietary decisions. Usually though, teeth whitening results last between six months and two years if you keep up your hygiene routines and avoid staining agents. To minimize staining you can also:
- Drink through a straw
- Cut back on intensely colored foods
- Brush and floss twice a day
- Visit the dentist for professional cleanings
- Drink more water
- Chew sugar-free gum after eating
Choosing Professional Dental Teeth Whitening from Dr. Ellenbogen
With teeth whitening in our office, you can receive fast and affordable treatment for your lackluster smile. This dentist supervised teeth whitening procedure is one of the safest, most efficient ways to whiten your teeth. If you want to see results right away, then you need to call us about professional teeth whitening.
You can get rid of unsightly stains right away! With just one appointment on your lunch break you can walk in and out of the office with a brighter, whiter smile.
If you have any more questions, including information about teeth whitening cost, or want to consult with Dr. Ellenbogen, please contact us at (703) 734-1095. Don’t wait!