Brightening Your Smile with Teeth Whitening

Brightening Your Smile with Teeth Whitening

A radiant smile is more than just an attractive feature — it’s an expression of your personality and one of your most valuable social assets. The last thing you want people to see when you flash your pearly whites are stained, discolored teeth that look neither pearly white nor bright. 

Good oral hygiene habits backed by regular dental exams and professional cleanings can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile, but they can’t always prevent dull, stained, or discolored enamel.

The cosmetic dentists at Smiles in Springfield in Springfield, Virginia, have the perfect solution: in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments that can rub out stubborn stains, reverse discoloration, and restore whiter teeth in no time flat. 

Here’s how the right whitening treatment can help you brighten your smile.

Why is my smile dull and discolored?

You brush your teeth with an advanced-formula whitening paste twice a day, floss carefully, and visit your dentist at Smiles in Springfield every six months for a thorough cleaning. 

So why do your teeth look noticeably stained, dull, or discolored? 

The sneaky process begins right on the surface of your enamel, which contains microscopic grooves that aren’t perceptible to the naked eye. Food particles and liquid residues make their way into these minute indentations every time you eat, and they sit there until you brush. 

If you don’t brush as thoroughly or as often as you should, these enamel-penetrating residues can eventually build up enough to cause visible staining, dimming, or discoloration. 

Even if you do brush carefully after every meal, your enamel is still prone to discoloration if it’s routinely exposed to the powerful, chromophore-rich stain molecules that are found in coffee, tea, red wine, and berries. Smoking can also accelerate and perpetuate the staining process.  

The science of whiter, brighter teeth

Clinical teeth whitening has come a long way since the introduction of chairside bleaching — today’s treatments combine innovative techniques with advanced technology to provide a whitening experience that’s gentler, safer, faster, and more effective than ever before. 

The team at Smiles in Springfield offers next-level whitening with Philips Zoom!, a customized treatment that unites advanced whitening gel with blue LED light-accelerated technology to lift deep stain molecules and brighten your enamel in less than an hour.  

Once they determine you’re a suitable candidate for Zoom! whitening, your dentist at Smiles in Springfield can get started on the easy four-step process:

  1. Clean and polish your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar
  2. Carefully cover your lips and gums with a protective shield
  3. Apply clinical-strength, non-abrasive whitening gel to your enamel 
  4. Activate the whitening agents with a special blue LED light

Besides triggering the non-abrasive whitening agents, blue LED light rays help accelerate the breakdown and removal of the stubborn stain molecules that cause deep discoloration. 

This 15-minute process is repeated three times (the total treatment time of Zoom! in-office whitening is about 45 minutes) until your enamel reaches the desired shade of white. 

Two convenient whitening solutions

One in-office Zoom! whitening treatment session is all it takes to make your smile up to eight shades brighter on the VITA enamel color scale. And because it’s as gentle as it is effective, Zoom! whitening won’t dehydrate your teeth or make your enamel feel more sensitive.   

If you prefer to brighten your smile more gradually in the comfort of your own home, the team at Smiles in Springfield offers custom take-home whitening kits. Unlike store-bought whitening kits, these clinical-strength products are available only from dental professionals. 

As with in-office whitening treatments, your dentist at Smiles in Springfield starts by cleaning your teeth and assessing your whitening needs. Then, they recommend the best product to achieve your smile goals, devise a specific treatment plan, and create custom whitening trays that fit perfectly over your teeth.  

If you’re ready for a whiter, brighter smile, we can help. To schedule an appointment or learn more about the teeth whitening solutions available at Smiles in Springfield, call 703-634-4239 today. 

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