Turn Up the Brightness on Your Smile!
Teeth whitening can provide the quick, economical and painless smile makeover you are looking for. Quickly improve your smile for that special event, wedding, reunion, or just to boost your confidence!
Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy offer in-office and take-home professional teeth whitening in Silver Spring Maryland. We can brighten your smile and take years off of your overall appearance in just a few sessions.
When starting with a healthy clean smile, teeth whitening can remove stains and tooth darkening from lifestyle habits and aging. Patients often boost the whiteness of their smile 6-8 shades brighter with a single treatment. A professional whitening solution can offer a safer, more effective and lasting result versus over-the-counter options.
We offer both in-office and custom take home teeth whitening treatments near you. You can chose to do them separately, or you can combine them to suit your dental health needs and cosmetic goals. Your dentist will make recommendations for you after a dental exam and reviewing your cosmetic dental goals.
Professional Teeth Whitening at Dechter & Moy Dentistry
The first step towards a whiter, brighter smile is to evaluate the overall health of your teeth and the source of your stains or discoloration. Our Silver Spring dentists will meet with you to perform an exam and discuss your cosmetic goals.
They will make an appropriate recommendation for your needs and go over associated costs and the results you can expect. We will only recommend appropriate treatments for your unique smile and budget. Any dental work that our dentist performs on you will support your long term dental health.
At-home Teeth Whitening
The at-home process is simple. If you are using a take home teeth whitening kit, we will take dental impressions during your first visit. We will use these to make your custom fit bleaching trays for at-home use.
The bleaching trays will fit over your teeth like a mouthguard and will minimize irritation of the gums while delivering a consistent result. We will instruct most patients to wear the bleaching trays with the whitening gel daily for a specific amount of time. Treatment time varies, but patients typically wear them for a couple of weeks.
You will slowly get a whiter smile as the bleaching products penetrate the tooth enamel. Unlike over the counter options, these bleaching trays contain professional grade bleaching products. They will minimize sensitivity while providing the best results. You can keep the trays and use them for touch ups down the road.
In-office Teeth Whitening
An in-office teeth whitening procedure will take about an hour. We will use special mouth protection to minimize irritation and sensitivity, especially in soft tissues in the mouth. Your cosmetic dentist will apply a bleaching gel to your teeth and then activate it with a special light. We will provide you with eye covers to protect them from the light.
Your new smile will be evident before you leave our dental office! You’ll continue to see results over the span of 24 hours. Don’t delay, request an appointment online today.
How to Maintain your Teeth Whitening Results
In this section, we will explore the different ways to maintain teeth whitening results.
First, we need to understand that teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic treatment and is not permanent. This means that it does not change the structure or function of your teeth, nor will it keep your teeth white forever without followup treatments. Therefore, you should not use it as a replacement for brushing your teeth or going to the dentist.
Toothpaste and mouthwash can help you maintain your teeth whitening results. By brushing twice a day, you are removing plaque and food particles from your mouth that can cause stains on your teeth. It’s key that you find a toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride in them because fluoride helps prevent cavities and strengthens tooth enamel.
Next, avoid using straws or sipping through a straw when drinking liquids because this could damage the enamel on your front teeth. Also avoid eating hard foods like popcorn kernels, nuts or chips because these types of foods can break down the enamel on your front teeth which can cause staining over time. Avoid eating foods with a lot of sugar and acids in them because this can also damage the enamel and stain your teeth.
It is possible to elongate your teeth whitening results without needing any corrective steps from your dentist by following the care guidelines they give you.
Alternative Whitening Treatments
Although, there are certain types of tooth stains that do not respond well or at all to a professional teeth whitening system. For patients with stains that are the result of medical conditions, medications, or genetics, we can offer alternative cosmetic treatments. We can improve the color and appearance of your teeth with the following treatments:
- Dental crowns: for a single discolored tooth, a dental crown can be placed to change the color or shape and provide a more seamless appearance.
- Tooth bonding: tooth bonding is an easy and economical way to change the color of your teeth and address tooth darkening or bleach-resistant stains.
- Dental veneers: we can place custom porcelain veneers to enhance the color and appearance of your smile, with permanent results.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Can whitening cause teeth and gums to become sensitive?
Teeth whitening may cause tooth sensitivity and sensitive gums after treatment. In most cases, this goes away within a few hours post-treatment. You can manage tooth sensitivity after a whitening treatment by using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Also, avoiding very hot and very cold drinks and food will help the enamel recover faster.
How long will my gums stay white after teeth whitening?
Gums may become “bleached” and appear white after having professional teeth whitening treatment. However, this is not common! It is comparable to a sunburn except it is a slight chemical burn. Your gums should return to normal within a few days after treatment. Soft tissue flaking off of your gums is no cause for alarm. This is part of the healing process.
How often should you go in for professional teeth whitening?
Most patients who have professional teeth whitening treatment go in every three to six months. Whitening too often can cause harm to the enamel of your teeth, so it is important to give your teeth a break to rest and recover between treatments. Patients typically develop a schedule, and have their teeth cleaned and whitened at the same time.
When do you see the effects of whitening?
Patients typically see the effect of whitening 24 hours after their first treatment. Results take approximately 2 weeks to become fully apparent but most patients notice a difference in their teeth after 1-2 days. You will see immediate results the same day, but your teeth will continue to get whiter for a couple of hours after you leave our dental office.
Can teeth whitening damage your teeth?
Teeth whitening does not damage teeth. Whitening products have been tested on and There is no evidence showing that whitening your teeth at the dentist causes any harm to tooth enamel. Teeth whitening does not cause damage to tooth enamel and will not remove the natural color of your teeth.
There are many different types of teeth whiteners available on the market, but they all have similar effects in that they change the color of your teeth by using hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to break down stains on the surface of your teeth. Many people worry that this process can damage their tooth enamel and remove some or all of their natural color, but this is simply not true.
What causes stained teeth?
Their are obvious things that lead to stained or yellow teeth such as coffee, tea, red wine, dark red sauces, etc. However, there are other things such as certain medications.