When you look in the mirror, do a mouthful of dull and discolored teeth make you look and feel old before your time? There’s a fix for that.
Although you probably don’t think of professional teeth whitening as an anti-aging treatment, lightening and brightening your smile can give you a more youthful look instantly.
Professional teeth whitening at Just For Your Smile in Vienna, Virginia, is a painless, quick, and easy way to turn back the clock. Here’s how it works.
Make your face look young again
When you were young, most likely your teeth looked bright white. But over the years, drinking coffee, eating berries, taking certain medicines, and smoking have stained your teeth. Brushing and using mouthwashes that claim to have teeth-whitening abilities haven’t worked enough to brighten your smile.
In time, the dental enamel on your teeth has yellowed, which can leave you looking tired and dull. Abstaining from certain foods and habits isn’t enough to whiten your teeth. Only a professional teeth whitening treatment can lighten your teeth by multiple shades.
How professional teeth whitening works
All teeth whitening treatments use peroxide-based bleaching solutions. At-home treatments typically use 3-20% peroxide; in-office treatments contain 15-43% peroxide.
The longer you leave the solution on your teeth, the whiter they become. But keep in mind, the higher the percentage of peroxide in the whitening solution, the less time you should wear it because it can dehydrate teeth and increase tooth sensitivity.
Professional teeth whitening performed in a dentist’s office can whiten your teeth more quickly than at-home kits. In-office treatments use a combination of peroxide, heat, and light to intensify the bleaching process. Most patients will see their teeth lighten 3-8 shades over the course of multiple treatments, each lasting 30-60 minutes.
How to maintain your newly white teeth
Now that you’ve professionally whitened your teeth, we want your bright smile to last as long as possible. Here’s what you can do to protect your results.
Brush and floss daily, and avoid tannin-rich and acidic foods and drinks, such as:
- White and red wine
- Black teas and coffee
- Sports drinks
- All carbonated beverages, even those in light colors
- Strongly colored foods, including berries
- Tomato, curry, and other sauces
Our care team at Just For Your Smile wants you to look and feel your best. If you want to brighten your smile, call our Vienna, Virginia, office at 703-592-8491, or request an appointment using our online booking tool. You can also send the team a message here on our website.