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 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:
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 long does the effect of professional whitening last?
As you continue to eat and drink, your teeth can stain again. You can do touch up whitening at home with professional products available at our office.
“Me and my family have been with Dr. Whitman for many years. She makes my 12 and 7 year old feel comfortable and not fear the dentist. When needed in the case of an emergency,
the practice always gets us in quickly. PS, all of the staff is extremely friendly.” 5 out of 5 stars – Shane Dowler on 03/20/2018
“Dr. Kime Whitman is highly accomplished, intelligent and kind. In her dentistry she is meticulous, careful, low key, soft spoken, efficient, effective and gentle. One cannot be in better hands than with Dr Whitman.” 5 out of 5 stars – Sandy Marks on 06/11/2018
“Dr Whitman is fantastic! She is really gentle and deals well with patients that have anxiety. Not only is she wonderful but so is her entire staff. They are all very friendly and personable.” 5 out of 5 stars – Cat Leftely on 02/02/2017