Teeth whitening is a dental treatment that can lighten the color of your teeth by up to eight shades in one visit. The bleaching gel we use at Sina Malekuti DDS, PC, efficiently removes the stains accumulated on the teeth over time and eliminates signs of discoloration to instantly brighten your smile. Many patients turn to teeth whitening to remove stains caused by drinking coffee, tea, red wine, or smoking.
What Causes Teeth Stains?
Several things can cause teeth stains, but the most common are tobacco and food. Foods like dark berries, coffee, red wine, and tea can cause discoloration. Tobacco products can also cause tooth discoloration. Having your teeth whitened professionally can help remove years of stains from your teeth.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Professional teeth whitening procedures involve applying a whitening gel to the teeth, which breaks up stubborn stains. The whitening gel is activated by ultraviolet or laser light, which speeds up the bleaching process. Our dentist will be able to help you choose the right type of whitening gel for your specific needs.
Types of Professional Teeth Whitening
- In-Office Teeth Whitening
This is the most efficient type of professional teeth whitening treatment. The dentist will apply a concentrated bleaching gel to the surface of your teeth. The gel breaks down stains and discolorations and removes them from the tooth enamel.
- At-home Teeth Whitening
This type of teeth whitening treatment requires the patient to wear a custom-made tray at home. The tray is filled with a bleaching gel and worn on the teeth for a specified time. This is not to be confused with at-home whitening kits purchased at drugstores.
Is Professional Teeth Whitening Better Than Store-Bought Whitening Kits?
To get a bright, white smile, you may want to consider professional teeth whitening. Our dentist can recommend solutions that offer fast results and last longer. Whitening kits, available at your drugstore or grocery store, can lighten your smile in several shades. However, they are not as long-lasting as professional whitening.
Professional teeth whitening kits contain hydrogen peroxide, which whitens the teeth by breaking down the stains. The whitening gel is applied to the teeth and left on for the recommended time. Whitening kits are not as strong as professional whitening treatments, and patients will only experience minor results.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
There are many benefits associated with teeth whitening, including:
- Whiter teeth can increase your self-esteem and confidence.
- Whiter teeth make you look younger.
- Whiter teeth are healthier teeth.
Food and beverages, smoking, certain medications, and the natural effects of aging can all stain your teeth. To learn more about the benefits of professional teeth whitening treatments, visit Sina Malekuti DDS, PC at 6120 Brandon Ave Suite 303, Springfield, VA 22150, or call (703) 451-3211.