If your smile isn’t as bright as you’d like, contact My Face, My Smile to learn about teeth whitening options. You can brighten your teeth by several shades in just one visit. The staff, under the guidance of expert cosmetic dentist Shahrokh Soltani, also offers regular, convenient touch-ups so you can maintain a stunning, white smile for life. If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, start the process of improving your smile by calling the office or using the online booking agent to make an appointment.
Discoloration and yellowing of your teeth naturally happens as you age. The dentin, or outer covering of your teeth, yellows with time. Plus, the outer enamel thins as you age, exposing the darker dentin within to show through.
Other causes of tooth discoloration include:
Professional teeth whitening is exceptionally effective in most cases. However, if you have a damaged tooth or discoloration due to tetracycline, you may need to investigate other options – such a porcelain veneers – to change the tooth’s appearance.
After a thorough examination of your teeth, Dr. Soltani can give you a good idea as to whether your discoloration makes you a good candidate for teeth whitening or if you might need an alternative cosmetic procedure.
At My Face, My Smile, Dr. Soltani and his staff remove discoloration through the application of a bleaching agent to the tooth enamel. This light-activated bleaching gel achieves significant changes in tooth shade over the span of 30 to 45 minutes.
You sit in a treatment chair, and Dr. Soltani applies protection to your gums to reduce sensitivity. He then applies the whitening agent containing between 25% and 40% hydrogen peroxide to your teeth, carefully avoiding your gums and soft tissue.
Dr. Soltani also applies a special curing light to activate the whitening process. After the delineated period, he rinses your teeth and sends you on your way.
Dr. Soltani recommends touch-up procedures and can provide at-home whitening trays to help you maintain your bright results.
Professional whitening procedures are quick and effective. You avoid the mess and time-consuming application of strips or paint-on gels that you get with over-the-counter kits. At-home procedures often take four to six weeks, rather than a single one-hour visit.
You’ll also achieve a much whiter smile with professional application than you would with other options. Professional whitening can also protect you against the discomfort of the whitening process should you have especially sensitive teeth or gums.