Teeth Whitening: An Overview
Are you looking for an effective and fast way to brighten and whiten your smile?
Teeth whitening can be an instant, economic smile makeover that will take years off of your smile and overall appearance. Rockville cosmetic dentist Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh will evaluate your dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals before your teeth whitening treatment.
Various factors cause tooth stains and will determine which treatment option will yield optimal results. Our Montgomery County dentist office offers a variety of take-home and in-office whitening treatments.
For patients with dark spots or stains caused by medications, medical conditions, or genetics, additional cosmetic procedures may be necessary to improve the smile’s appearance. Discoloration caused by medicine may not respond to a teeth whitening treatment. Dr.Sarkarzadeh offers alternative cosmetic treatments such as tooth bonding, dental veneers, or dental crowns that can improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Tooth Whitening in Rockville
In-Office Zoom Whitening
The Zoom whitening procedure is simple, painless, and offers exceptional results. In about one hour, Dr. Sarkarzadeh can brighten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter. Professional-grade whitening gel formula penetrates the tooth’s surface when activated by a special light. Zoom teeth whitening treatments minimize tooth sensitivity, a common side effect of lesser quality, and over-the-counter brands.
Take-Home Whitening Kits
Take-home teeth whitening kits are an easy way to give your smile a healthy, radiant look. These kits include a gel that you will apply to your teeth with a special applicator, and then leave on for a couple of minutes. Some of the more advanced take-home whitening kits include an LED light that enhances the process by activating the peroxide in the gel.
Take-home whitening kits allow patients to whiten their teeth from the comfort of their homes. Dr. Sarkarzadeh will create custom-fit trays that you will use at home to evenly distribute whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. You will wear these trays for a predetermined amount of time each night. Results are gradual, and teeth will whiten over a few weeks of use. Take-home whitening kits offer a more natural whitening treatment.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Is professional teeth whitening at the dentist permanent?
No. There is no type of teeth whitening or bleaching procedure that gives you permanent results. Be skeptical if someone is offering permanent teeth whitening results. There are other cosmetic dental procedures that can give you a permanently white smile, but teeth whitening is not one of them. Consider dental veneers or tooth bonding for more permanent results.
Will I have sensitive teeth after teeth whitening?
Yes, although this symptom of teeth whitening is temporary and goes away days after treatment. Sensitive teeth after teeth whitening can mean that you have weak tooth enamel. It is not a serious symptom, but you should follow up with your dentist if it lasts for more than a week.
How many teeth whitening treatments do I need?
Most patients get one to two treatments to achieve their ideal results. Teeth whitening at the dentist can leave your teeth up to 8 shades brighter. If you want your results to last longer, you will need regular follow-up treatments. Keep an excellent oral health routine, avoid smoking, and drink fewer sugary drinks to elongate your results.
How long do your teeth stay white after whitening?
After professional whitening treatment, most patients’ teeth stay white for up to 2-3 years or as little as 6 months. The length that whitening lasts varies from patient to patient, depending on their oral care routine and diet. Smoking will also make whitening effects wear away quicker.
Does teeth whitening damage the enamel of your teeth?
Whitening does not damage tooth enamel, contrary to popular belief. Dentin is the part of the tooth that regulates color. Professional teeth whitening will not harm your tooth enamel during the teeth whitening process.