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Teeth Whitening In Washington DC

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Reverse Stains, Yellowing & Discoloration

If your teeth are stained, discolored, or yellow, you may feel self-conscious about how you look when you laugh and smile, or even when you eat and speak around others. But with teeth whitening in DC from Washington Metro Dental, you don’t have to be ashamed. Our team of dentists can whiten your teeth, reverse years of stains and yellowing, and make you feel proud of your appearance once again. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening works by using chemicals called “peroxides.” Both carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are commonly used in professional-grade teeth whitening products. When peroxides touch stains on your enamel, they react by breaking the bonds that attach them to your teeth. This “bleaches” the stain away, and restores the natural appearance of your enamel.

At Washington Metro Dental, we can provide both in-office teeth whitening and take-home whitening. Both treatments use peroxide to whiten your smile. The main difference is that in-office teeth whitening is done by one of our dentists, and uses a UV light to “activate” the whitener for faster results. This makes it better if you want a brighter smile fast.

Take-home whitening, on the other hand, uses a set of custom-built whitening trays. It takes a few weeks to whiten your teeth, but it’s more convenient and lets you whiten your teeth at home. The end results will be just as good as in-office whitening, too.

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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Teeth whitening tends to last somewhere between 1-2 years in most patients. However, the longevity of your treatment mostly depends on how well you care for your teeth after your teeth are whitened at Washington Metro Dental.

If you want your smile to stay bright, make sure you maintain good oral hygiene and see the team at Washington Metro Dental for routine cleanings and oral exams. This helps prevent the buildup of staining tartar and keeps your mouth healthy.

Using whitening toothpaste and mouthwash at home can also help prevent stain buildup and keeps your smile bright. If you choose to do this, make sure to choose ADA-accepted products and follow the instructions on the label to make sure you’re using them safely.

There are a few other lifestyle changes you can make, too. Cutting back on staining beverages like coffee, tea, and wine is a good idea, or you can drink them through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.

You also should definitely quit smoking or using any other kind of oral tobacco. Not only is tobacco use horrible for your oral health and overall health, but it will ruin your newly brightened smile.

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The In-Office Teeth Whitening Process

In-office whitening from one of our dentists delivers very fast results. It’s ideal if you have an upcoming event like a wedding, conference, or important business meeting. Often, it’s possible to whiten your teeth by up to 5-10 shades in one consultation at our office.

To begin the process, your dentist will clean your teeth, then protect your gums, cheeks, lips, and tongue from the whitener. Then, the whitener will be applied to your teeth and activated with a UV light, boosting its potency.

After this, the whitener is rinsed away. This process is repeated until your smile reaches the desired level of brightness. Most people need only one appointment, though some with severe staining may need to come back for a follow-up treatment.

What To Expect From Take-Home Whitening

Take-home whitening lets you brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home. To get started, you’ll come to Washington Metro Dental to see a dentist, and they will take impressions of your teeth.

These are sent to a dental lab, where a skilled technician will make you a set of whitening trays. Your trays are reusable, and will fit over your teeth perfectly to ensure even whitening results. It will take about 2-3 weeks for your trays to be built.

Then, you’ll come back to our office, pick up your trays and whitening products, and begin your treatment, whitening your smile at home. Most patients need to whiten their teeth for about an hour per day for 2-3 weeks for the best results, but the instructions given to you by your dentist may differ.

Does Teeth Whitening Make My Teeth Sensitive?

Yes. Most patients will experience at least a little bit of whitening-induced sensitivity after their procedure. The best way to recover from this is to follow the instructions provided to you by your dentist.

For example, you should continue to brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Using an anti sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne can be helpful. You may also want to avoid really hot or cold foods and drinks for a few days, since these tend to worsen sensitivity.

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