Teeth Whitening

Smiles in Springfield

General Dentists & Implant Dentist located in Springfield, VA

Have you noticed that your smile isn’t as bright and white as it used to be? If so, teeth whitening is something to consider, and it’s one of the many services available from Quang Tran, DDS, Bryan Grimmer, DDS, and Nhu-Quynh Phung, DMD, of Smiles in Springfield in Springfield, Virginia. Professional teeth whitening takes very little time and results in a smile that you’ll love to share with the world. Schedule your appointment today online or over the phone.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes tooth discoloration?

Many things can change the color of your teeth, some within your control and others that aren’t. The aging process is a primary culprit. 

The outer layer of your teeth is a hard, white substance called enamel. Just beneath your enamel is a layer of hard tissue called dentin, which is naturally yellow in color. 

As time passes, your enamel wears away, revealing more of your dentin. This can cause your smile to appear yellowed or less bright than in years past. 

Additional causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Foods and drinks like coffee, tea, apples, potatoes, and berries
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Certain diseases
  • Certain medications
  • Genetic factors
  • Tooth trauma

You might experience an overall lack of luster in your smile, or there may be discoloration on only some teeth. 

How does teeth whitening work?

Smiles in Springfield uses the Zoom!Ⓡ professional teeth whitening system to boost the wattage of your smile in just one visit. This system uses a combination of a powerful whitening agent and light-accelerated technology to whiten your teeth. 

The process begins with steps to protect your soft tissue. Once your lips and gums are isolated, your dentist applies the whitening gel to the front surface of your teeth. 

This gel breaks stains apart to remove discoloration. A special light boosts the power of the gel, improving your results by as much as 40%.

Is at-home whitening an option?

If you’d prefer to whiten your teeth at home, Smiles in Springfield offers some of the best whitening kits on the market. These products are available only to dental professionals, and they far exceed the power of over-the-counter teeth whitening options. 

To whiten at home, you simply apply a thin strip of whitening gel to the interior of your custom-fitted trays. The trays fit snugly over the surface of your teeth. Your dentist advises you when and for how long to wear the trays. 

At-home whitening allows you to customize your results. Once you’re happy with the shade of your teeth, you simply stop using your trays. You can always use your remaining gel for periodic touch-ups. 

To explore teeth whitening in more detail, call the office or book an appointment online today.