Teeth Whitening is the Quickest Way to Look Years Younger

You know your smile is one of your most valuable social assets — that’s why you brush twice a day, floss without fail, and have regular dental cleanings and exams. But even if your stellar oral hygiene habits help you maintain optimal oral health, they may not keep your pearly whites as white as you’d like. 

Tooth enamel may be prone to stains and discoloration, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with a dull, lackluster smile; just one professional whitening treatment at Smiles in Springfield is all it takes to lift stains, correct discoloration, and restore a brighter, more luminous smile. 

Here’s how in-office teeth whitening can take years off your appearance — in an instant. 

Understanding tooth discoloration

For as smooth as the surface of your teeth may look and feel, it’s actually quite bumpy under the microscope. That’s because enamel contains countless imperceptible indentations, or tiny grooves that can act as a kind of reservoir for food and liquid residues. 

Because regular brushing and flossing can’t completely clear away these trapped residues, they slowly build up on your teeth. Over time, this ongoing process can darken or stain your enamel until it’s noticeably discolored. 

The color of your teeth is a product of two factors: The pigments that determine their natural shade (which is as unique as your skin and hair color), and the type of stain molecules that are trapped within their microstructure. Stain molecules that contain more chromophores, such as those found in coffee, tea, red wine, and berries, cause a greater degree of discoloration.

Even if you don’t drink a lot of black tea or eat a lot of blueberries, your teeth may still start to take on a slightly yellowish hue as you grow older and your enamel gets thinner, allowing the underlying layer of dentin to show through.  

Say goodbye to dull, dingy teeth

As one of the most popular offerings of cosmetic dentistry, professional whitening has come a long way since chairside bleaching was the only option. Today, thanks to ongoing advances in whitening techniques and technologies, this simple and highly effective treatment is faster and safer than ever before.

Quang Tran, DDS, and the team at Smiles in Springfield take teeth whitening to the next level with Philips Zoom, a quick and innovative treatment that merges clinical-strength whitening gel with advanced LED technology to lift stubborn stains and dramatically lighten your enamel in less than an hour.  

So how, exactly, does it work? 

After removing any plaque or tartar, polishing your teeth, and carefully shielding your lips and gums, Dr. Tran meticulously applies a thin layer of clinical-strength, non-abrasive whitening gel across your enamel. 

Then, he uses a special LED blue light to activate the gel’s whitening agents and accelerate the breakdown of persistent stain molecules. He repeats this easy 15-minute process three times, applying the gel and activating it with light, until your teeth reach the desired shade of white. 

Your smile, up to eight shades brighter

Just one 45-minute Zoom whitening session is all it takes to get a beautifully whiter smile that’s up to eight shades brighter on the VITA enamel color scale. 

 As a fully customizable treatment that considers both your current degree of discoloration and your personal smile goals, Zoom in-office whitening delivers perfect results every time, whether you’re looking for a subtle boost or a dramatic change.  

Even better, this advanced whitening solution delivers outstanding results without dehydrating your teeth or making your enamel feel more sensitive.  

By comparison, it can take several weeks to see noticeable results from store-bought whitening trays or strips, and the outcome is usually short-lived and less vibrant. Such products tend to be harsher, more irritating, and more damaging, too. 

If you’re ready for a whiter, brighter smile that won’t fade over time, the cosmetic specialists at Smiles in Springfield can help. Call our Springfield, Virginia, office at 703-634-4239 to book an appointment with Dr. Tran today. You can also send a message to Dr. Tran and the team here on our website.

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