Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening in McLean, VA

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, we offer a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a professional at-home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically in just a few weeks of short, daily applications. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. before you get started with your teeth whitening plan. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth. This is just one of the many reasons we encourage patients to visit us at Smile McLean before trying any store bought teeth whitening options. If you’re interested in finding out more, call our McLean dentist and dental care team to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with us today. We look forward to helping you achieve a flawless, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. We encourage McLean residents to ask for our web specials on chair side bleaching.

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Man’s teeth compared with tooth color chartIn order to ensure patients achieve predictable teeth whitening results, we will first want to determine the cause of their dental discoloration. Some of the common reasons patients experience tooth staining include the following:

· Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).

· Normal wear to the outer tooth layer, leading to a patient’s smile appearing yellow when the dentin tooth layer is exposed

· Stained teeth due to the consumption of certain prescription medications (tetracycline, etc.), during dental development.

· Yellow or brown stained teeth due to eating and drinking darkly colored foods and beverages or use of tobacco.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Smiling woman in dental chairThe Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power In-Office Whitening System is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe, effective and fast, very fast. In just about an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter, typically as much as ten shades brighter. Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy patient.



Teeth In-Office Teeth Whitening Procedure

Man receiving Zoom! whiteningThe procedure is simple and painless. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums, using rubber shields. We then apply the proprietary Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power Whitening Gel, which is activated by a specially designed low-heat light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A five-minute fluoride treatment to reduce the risk for dental sensitivity completes the procedure. You’ll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the in-office procedure.



Take-Home Whitening

At-home teeth whitening trays and whitening gel syringeTeeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every four to six months, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine. Take-home kits are a great option to touch up your in-office results or brighten your smile more gradually. Unlike store bought options that offer one-size-fits-all solutions, our customized take-home whitening kits provide patients with application trays customized to fit their smiles as well as whitening gel dosage adjusted to the patient’s unique needs. When applied for about thirty minutes a day, patients can typically touch up the results of in-office whitening in just two to three days, and to achieve the same results possible with in-office whitening, patients usually only need to apply their whitening gel for ten to fourteen days.