Teeth Whitening

Smile Loft Branch Ave

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Camp Springs, MD

While there are plenty of at-home teeth whitening options available, none of them is typically as effective as dentist-supervised, in-office whitening systems. The dental care experts at Smile Loft Branch Ave. in Camp Springs, Maryland, offer solutions that can take your teeth beyond their original brightness. Call the office today or book an appointment online to add new levels of white to your smile.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why would I choose in-office whitening over a home-use product?

Both in-office and at-home whitening systems often use peroxides to bleach teeth to lighter shades, but the peroxide gels used at Smile Loft Branch Ave. are much stronger than those suitable for home use.

Overbleaching is not only possible, it can seriously damage your teeth. There are also certain situations where no amount of bleaching can improve the brightness of your teeth, so working with your Smile Loft Branch Ave. caregiver can keep your expectations realistic.

In-office teeth whitening provides the fastest results under the safest conditions because this is something the professionals at Smile Loft Branch Ave. do regularly, not once or twice a year as with home whitening products. While gum and tooth sensitivity used to be a side effect of in-office whitening, this is more controlled using thicker peroxide gels and desensitizers.

What teeth stains are best left to my dentist to remove?

Dental office whitening can make quick work of organic discolorations and stains, such as those from food and beverages, including:

  • Coffee and tea
  • Red wine
  • Dark-colored fruits and vegetables
  • Soda

In addition, teeth tend to yellow as you age, even if you avoid staining foods and tobacco use, another source of potentially extensive staining. Age-related yellow teeth often show the most dramatic improvements after a teeth whitening treatment.

Is teeth whitening permanent?

Just as your teeth become stained through your lifetime, they continue to discolor and stain after any whitening treatment, although you’re starting from a whiter base. Home follow-up kits can extend the effects of an in-office procedure, using peroxide gels of lower concentration that can be left on your teeth longer without harmful effects.

Not all staining and discoloration responds to teeth whitening processes. Some stains are inorganic in nature, and peroxides have little effect on them. These teeth may seem even more unsightly when surrounding teeth are whiter. Teeth that have been damaged may seem gray due to the inner dentin of a tooth getting darker. Certain drugs also permanently discolor teeth, tetracycline antibiotics in particular.