Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure.
All Virginia Family Dentistry locations offer whitening procedures. View the map of all locations here.
What are the details?
It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to begin bleaching. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.
In only a day or two your custom bleach splints will be ready for you to pick up. We provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear splints. With only a few hours of wear per day, our special bleaching agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile. We’ll want to take “after” photos at your next appointment.
Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a solid try.
- Corrects brown, yellow and mottled tooth staining
- Works on people of any age.
- Is a near permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive.
How is it done?
An impression is taken to make a specialized “mouthguard” or “stent” to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used each night for about 3-4 hours for a week or two, and at the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or veneers may be more appropriate.
We also offer another bleaching technique that is performed in the dental office in one day. It is better known as the ZOOMbleaching technique. The procedure takes about an hour and a half. The benefit being you get immediate whiter teeth without having to wait for two weeks for the same results.
Over the counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s better to use products that our practice recommends.
Home Care After Teeth Whitening
- Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after eating. Use mouthwash or toothpaste that has whitening properties.
- If you drink a lot of coffee, soda or tea, drink with a straw. The straw will protect your teeth from stain and discoloration.
- Consider teeth whitening as an investment. You don’t want to lose it by neglecting to take proper care of your teeth.