Tobacco products, certain medications, poor oral hygiene, and foods and beverages that contain chromogens can cause stained, yellow, and dark teeth. Foods like coffee, tea, berries, tomatoes contain chromogens, or pigmented compounds that stick to the tooth enamel.
Over time, smoking cigarettes, vaping, and using other tobacco products also turn the tooth enamel yellow. Patients who take medications can experience tooth staining as well. Not taking care of teeth leaves them more prone to decay and causes blemishes.
Dr. Matthew Gerald offers teeth whitening treatment to patients in Vienna, VA. This cosmetic dental treatment can brighten the look of the tooth enamel by many shades. Dr. Gerald works one-on-one with his patients to find the most useful teeth whitening options. Learn more about cosmetic dental whitening below.
KOR Whitening Treatment
We offer the KOR teeth whitening procedure. The KOR system uses a combination of in-office and take-home teeth whitening. The process uses whitening trays that seal to the teeth to ensure that the active ingredients are as effective as possible. They also seal out saliva, which can decrease the effectiveness of the hydrogen peroxide.
The first two weeks of KOR treatment involve whitening trays that you will wear at home. These trays are custom-fit to each patient. After this time, we add one treatment in our office. Treatment continues over the next months with both in-office and take-home whitening. Combining these treatments together creates long-lasting results.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Read answers to questions that many patients have about teeth whitening treatments.
How does a professional whitening procedure compare to store-bought?
Store-bought or over-the-counter teeth whitening products have inconsistent results. On the other hand, professional teeth whitening services can guarantee the results you are looking for within one visit.
Patients with sensitive teeth may not react well to over-the-counter whitening products. They may have strong bleaching formulas, but provide very temporary results. With our whitening treatment, patients have complete control over their experience. Our team can help tailor your treatment to your teeth sensitivity and whitening goals.
What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening at the dentist:
- Brightens your smile by many shades
- Offers a safe way to brighten your teeth
- Minimizes the risk of gum irritation or damage
- Can boost your confidence
Contact our Vienna dental office if you want to learn more about your whitening options. Dr. Gerald or a member of his team can help you decide the best option for your specific needs.
What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
The side effects of teeth whitening can vary from person to person. Some people experience tooth sensitivity, which is due to the chemicals in the solution that are still active on your enamel. Another side effect is gums or mouth irritation due to the type of toothpaste you use, what you eat, and how often you brush your teeth.
How long does teeth whitening treatment last?
Although results vary from patient to patient, professional teeth whitening typically lasts for many months. Daily oral hygiene is key to helping your teeth remain whiter longer.
We also recommend that you avoid smoking or drinking tea, coffee, and wine to keep your teeth white. Routine visits for dental cleanings can also help your smile. Finally, we can provide touch-ups so you can extend your results.
What are intrinsic and extrinsic stains?
Extrinsic stains are cosmetic stains on the tooth surface. Intrinsic stains occur inside of the tooth and damage or infection can cause them. Teeth whitening treatment can easily treat extrinsic stains.
Your dentist may treat intrinsic stains with other cosmetic options, like porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Dental veneers and tooth bonding can cover the front and sides of the tooth enamel for a brighter look.
Contact Our Dental Office
Do you want to whiten your teeth today? Call Dr. Gerald and his friendly dental care team today at (703) 721-4796 or request a dental appointment on our website. Feel free to ask Dr. Gerald any questions during the treatment process and we will be happy to assist you.