Tooth Whitening: An Overview
Are you looking for an effective, and fast, way to brighten and whiten your smile?
Teeth whitening can be an instant, economical 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. Tooth stains can be caused by a variety of factors 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 who have dark spots or stains caused by medications, medical conditions, or genetics, additional cosmetic procedures may be necessary to improve the appearance of the smile. 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 be used to 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 whitening kits afford patients the convenience of whitening their teeth from the comfort of their own home. Dr. Sarkarzadeh will create custom-fit trays that will be used to distribute whitening gel to the surface of the teeth evenly. Aligners will be worn 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 permanent 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 should be followed up 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 less 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 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. No enamel should be harmed while undergoing teeth whitening.