Brushing alone is usually not enough to protect your teeth from the effects of diet, medications, tobacco use, genetics, and even the aging process itself which causes your teeth's protective enamel layer to get thinner over time. Whether you enjoy a few cups of coffee or tea a day or the occasional glass of red wine, if you're like most people, your teeth may not be as white as you'd like them to be. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening treatments can take your smile from drab to fab in as little as a single office visit!
Here at Revive Total Care Dentistry in Washington, D.C., Dr. Shila Yazdani and Dr. Michael Mortazie offer professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic and general dentistry procedures to give patients their best possible smiles. Here are some commonly asked questions about teeth whitening:
What's the difference between professional teeth whitening and over-the-counter products?
Over-the-counter products like whitening toothpaste can help, but they're not as strong as professional treatments, which can whiten your teeth by several shades in a single appointment at our Washington D.C. office. It's also important to avoid products that contain harsh or abrasive ingredients that can damage tooth enamel and actually make your teeth more vulnerable to staining.
How long do the results of a professional teeth whitening treatment last?
The results vary from person to person, but the typical range is anywhere from six months to two years. Protecting your teeth after a whitening treatment is an important part of making your results last as long as possible. Follow a good oral hygiene routine, and try to limit food and drinks that are known to stain teeth. If you smoke or use tobacco products, whitening your teeth can be a great incentive to finally quit!
Will teeth whitening work for me?
It depends. Surface teeth whitening treatments work best on certain types of stains, although they may be less effective on others, such as stains from taking Tetracycline or from dental trauma. If our dentists determine that a teeth whitening treatment will be less effective for you, they may recommend an alternative like porcelain veneers to help improve your smile and get the results you want.
Interested? Give us a call
For more information about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures, contact Revive Total Care Dentistry in Washington, D.C. today by dialing (202) 363-3399.