Professional Whitening

When you think your smile could use a boost, a great option to consider is professional teeth whitening.

Professional teeth whitening in Leesburg VA

When you think your smile could use a boost, a great option to consider is professional teeth whitening.

Nothing can whiten your teeth better and faster than a professional whitening service at Leesburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Over-the-counter whitening products and whitening toothpaste just can’t compare to the results you’ll experience with professional whitening.

Professional whitening is safe; sometimes even safer than over-the-counter products that use less powerful ingredients but don’t protect your gums. Professional whitening products are stronger than anything you can buy in stores to use at home. The products we use cannot be purchased in stores because of safety concerns, but in the professional environment of our office, they are always safe. At-home whitening can actually harm your gums even though the ingredients are milder, because their use does not always involve gum protection. Professional whitening always begins with a shield for the gums.

You can choose from different whitening services at our office, and you can make your choice based on how much whitening you need and how fast you want to see results.

Whitening is a procedure that is usually repeated a few times to achieve the best results, but you will usually see results at the first appointment. Both professional and over-the-counter whitening products can remove extrinsic stains: stains on the outer layer of the teeth, called the enamel. The enamel is translucent, so if the teeth are stained on the second layer, the dentin, those stains can show through. Professional whitening can penetrate the enamel and reach the dentin.

“I wanted my teeth to look whiter but wasn’t sure a professional teeth whitening was for me… but after seeing the results, I can’t imagine not getting it done. Dr. Whitman and her team made the entire process easy and comfortable!”

— Eric, Woodburn, VA

For years, Eric’s teeth were stained due to his being exposed to the antibiotic tetracycline while his teeth were still developing as a child. Eric wanted to pursue teeth whitening, but was hesitant that over-the-counter products would make his teeth color appear uneven or fake.

“My teeth had a grayish cast to them that made me look like I was a smoker. When I came in to see Dr. Whitman, I asked about a professional whitening even though I wasn’t sure the procedure would help me.”

While not all patients with tetracycline staining will benefit from a professional teeth whitening, many will. In Eric’s case, his subtle yet dramatic color restoration made all the difference for his confidence.

“The process was simple and painless, and I’m more than happy with the results. I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Whitman and her team in the future!”

GLO On-the-Go

GLO Whitening technology uses a non-irritating hydrogen peroxide solution and features take-home kits, which are so convenient they can be used on-the-go to whiten teeth before an occasion.

Using GLO Vials, which are small containers that hold enough whitening solution for six sessions, you simply squeeze out a small amount of gel and swipe it on your teeth. The gel permeates the tooth enamel and the rest of it dissolves, no rinsing required. The gel has a mint flavor so your mouth will even feel fresh afterward!

The vials are pocket-sized and don’t need to be refrigerated, making it quick and easy to refresh your smile before walking into a meeting or social gathering. GLO on-the-go brightens your smile in just minutes for a convenient teeth whitening touch-up!

Professional Teeth Whitening FAQs

Here are some of the most common questions people ask about teeth whitening:

Am I a candidate for Professional Teeth Whitening?

Ideal candidates have healthy teeth. If you have cavities or periodontal (gum) disease, teeth whitening can cause severe sensitivity and further damage your teeth. It’s essential to get your teeth and gums healthy before any type of whitening is done!

Ideal candidates are also non-smokers. Smoking can stain the teeth, not just superficially but deep within the tooth enamel. The results of teeth whitening won’t last nearly as long or be as effective for smokers. However, for smokers who have quit or are in the process of quitting, whitening is a great way to get rid of the stains!

Patients who consume large amounts of coffee, tea, red wine, or juices tend to have heavier staining from the pigmentation of the liquids. Professional teeth whitening is a great way to reduce stains of these liquids, but it’s important to try to cut back on them for the whitening to last longer (or use a straw to help them bypass the teeth!).

Can I still get my teeth whitened if I have sensitive teeth?

For patients who have sensitive teeth, there are various options to make teeth whitening safe and effective. The strength and application time of the whitening agent can be altered to address each individual’s needs. A higher concentration works more quickly and has stronger results, but it may also cause greater tooth sensitivity for a few days following treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Whitman will discuss all your options with you based on your level of sensitivity.

How white can my teeth get with professional whitening?

Professional whitening can remove stains, including stains from food and beverages and yellowing that often occurs with age. Whitening can make your teeth lighter and brighter, but remember that the natural color of teeth is not truly white. Whitening can give you brighter, younger-looking teeth.

Can crowns or other dental work be whitened?

No. Whitening only works on natural teeth. If you are planning to have dental work like veneers, crowns or a bridge, you could have a whitening first, and then choose the shade for your dental work to match your newly whitened natural teeth.

How can I continue to keep my teeth white after the procedure?

In order to keep the wonderful results of professional whitening, it’s important to use your take-home kit for maintenance. This will be provided to you during your teeth whitening appointment.

If you don’t think you can stick with a routine or commit to maintaining your teeth whitening procedure over time, then it would be a waste of time and money to do the professional whitening, unless you want your teeth whitened for a specific upcoming occasion.

There are over-the-counter (OTC) options that can help keep your smile white post-procedure, such as whitening strips, whitening toothpastes, and mouthwashes, as well as electric toothbrushes.

Of course, the outcome of OTC products won’t be nearly as dramatic as professional whitening systems due to the low concentration of the whitening agents. However, they may be a better option for patients who don’t want to commit to maintaining a professional teeth whitening over time.

Remember to ask us about how you can keep your smile white when you come in for your next appointment!

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