Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments because it is an affordable and quick way to enhance your natural smile. Dr. Mark Jefferies offers professional in office teeth whitening in his Herndon, VA dental office, helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Keep reading to learn how you can improve your confidence in your appearance and make a great first impression with teeth whitening.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Even if you’ve faithfully cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your teeth will still occur naturally over time. Drinking highly pigmented beverages like tea, cola or red wine, or using tobacco products, can accelerate discoloration. Even using certain prescription medications can make teeth appear less white.
Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily can slow this process down and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. However, it cannot reverse this process.
That’s why Dr. Jefferies offers patients professional in-office teeth whitening in Herndon, VA. Both treatments can erase years’ worth of stains and restore a more youthful appearance for your teeth. A fresh, white smile can boost your sense of confidence and help you feel ready to meet whatever challenge you’re facing.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our fastest method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. This takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Results will depend on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth, with certain stains being more difficult to erase completely. Dr. Jefferies will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening usually goes as follows. First, we set up a protective barrier for your gums. Next, we brush a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel onto your teeth and activate the ingredients with a special light. This process may need to be repeated several times until your desired shade is achieved.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
We also offer in-home teeth whitening for patients who would prefer this option. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that Dr. Jefferies creates in the office and maximum strength bleaching gel. The take home kit will provide results far superior to over the counter options such as whitening strips and toothpastes that you may see for sale at your local drugstore.
At home, you will fill the trays with gel and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel will remove stains and, because it contains fluoride, it will also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your enamel. After about a week of regular use, your teeth will look dramatically whiter.
All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity.
Professional In Office Teeth Whitening in Herndon, VA
To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jefferies by calling (703) 570-1152 or request an appointment online.