Do not let discolored teeth keep you from sharing your smile. Over the years, the color of your teeth naturally darkens. Exposure to dark colored foods and beverages or tobacco can leave teeth stained and discolored. Dr. Cobb, your dentist in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, offers you professional teeth whitening options that are safe and fast giving you a moderate to substantial improvement in the brightness and whiteness of your teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment
Dr. Andrew Cobb offers effective and affordable solutions for whitening and brightening discolored teeth. Most tooth discoloration can be resolved with a professional tooth whitening treatments. For more advanced discoloration, or spots caused by trauma or medication, a more advanced cosmetic treatment may be necessary to achieve ideal results.
Dr. Cobb offers patients the option of in-office or at-home teeth whitening. For those patients seeking immediate results, in office chair side teeth whitening is the best option. In just one visit, you can improve the whiteness of your teeth by up to 8 shades. In office teeth whitening is fast and convenient with low sensitivity. The results are long lasting and they have been proven safe and effective. Your dentist will perform a thorough oral health exam to help you build a treatment plan that will achieve your cosmetic goals so you can enjoy a beautiful, bright white smile. Whitening treatment will be chosen based on the cause of tooth discoloration and your personal goals.
Professional, at-home teeth whitening is one of the most popular methods for patients seeking a brighter smile. This system requires custom made trays to fit perfectly over your teeth and uses professional quality whitening gel. In about one to two weeks, you will see results. Unlike over the counter teeth whitening options, the professional at-home systems whiten all of your teeth and are designed to provide maximum comfort and minimized tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
A whiter, brighter smile can take years off of your face. Whether you choose to have your teeth whitened in-office or at-home, trust the professional care of Dr. Cobb with products that are proven safe and effective.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
The yellowing or gradual discoloration of the teeth is normal as patients age. Over the years, enamel thins and wears away leaving the layer of the tooth called dentin exposed. Dentin is naturally yellow in color and causes a yellow tint of discoloration to the teeth. Food and beverages high in acidity or dark in color also exasperate discoloration and can stain the surface of the teeth.
Some patients may develop dark black or brown spots or splotches on the teeth. This type of discoloration can be a result of an injury to the tooth. Dark spots can also be left behind after the use of certain antibiotics. This type of tooth stain is often resistant to whitening gels. Patients may achieve permanent whitening results with dental veneers or tooth bonding. These cosmetic treatments cover the discoloration and are resistant to staining.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
How long does teeth whitening treatment last?
Teeth whitening lasts around 6-24 months depending on your diet and at home oral care. Avoiding foods that are likely to extend the life of your whitener teeth. Red wine, coffee, tobacco use, smoking are all behaviors that are likely to shorten the life of your whitening.
Can dentures be whitened with teeth whitening?
Dentures cannot be whitened because they are different from natural teeth, and they don’t absorb normal whitening toothpaste or kits. They can become stained over time. This can be fixed by staining them whiter or polishing, but the “whitening” treatment that is applied to natural teeth will not work on dentures.
How Long Does Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment Take?
Going into the dentist to have a professional treatment to whiten one’s teeth takes between 1 to 2 hours. Typically patients notice a significant difference between when they walked into the office and leaving. Teeth are 2-3 shades whiter and brighter than before.
Is having your teeth whitened painful?
While having your teeth whitened, they may feel achy. Ibuprofen may help with pain. Patients also may experience sharp pain when drinking especially hot or cold things. This should go away within 24-48 hours after the procedure.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
Your dental goal of getting a whiter, brighter smile is achievable with the help of Dr. Cobb in our Washington, D.C. dentist office. Contact Dr. Cobb at (202) 455-0901, or request an appointment online today.