1826 Westmoreland St, McLean, Virginia 22101

Teeth Whitening: Smile with Confidence

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Teeth Whitening: Smile with Confidence

It only takes 12 muscles to smile – and your smile is contagious. Much research has gone into the field of smiling, and many benefits have been uncovered. Just the physical action of smiling at another person can release endorphins (mood elevators) in your brain, more than chocolate! Having a beautiful smile can increase your happiness and therefore quality of life. 

One of the most common reasons for an aging smile is stain of teeth due to food colorings, coffee, and wine. Teeth whitening can whiten your teeth and make you appear more youthful and healthy. Learn more about our teeth whitening solution below and contact us for more information.

In-office Teeth Whitening Process

First, the dentist reviews the patient’s medical history and examines their oral health. If the patient is an ideal candidate for teeth whitening, the next phase begins. The teeth are then cleaned well and the gums are isolated. 

The whitening agent is then applied and left on for 2-4 sessions lasting 15 minutes. Once complete, the bleaching agent is removed from the teeth and gums. Patients then review the results with before and after images. Finally, the patient receives post-treatment care instructions to maintain their new smile.

In-office Teeth Whitening Results

Results can last 2 to 3 years with proper maintenance. Follow these helpful tips below.

  • Refrain from food and beverages that discolor teeth such as tea, wine, curry and coffee
  • Avoid smoking and other tobacco products
  • Maintain great dental hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing daily
  • Visit the dentist for routine exams and cleanings
  • Use toothpaste that contain whitening components
  • Drinking from a straw can help prevent beverages from staining teeth

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Teeth and gums need to be healthy before any whitening product is used. Failure to do so can lead to issues such as tooth and gum sensitivity. Also, some tooth discoloration could be a result of decay or infection. As a result, consulting with a dentist is best to determine your ideal treatment plan for a whiter smile. 

My McLean Dentist offers a variety of dental treatments such as in-office teeth whitening. Learn more by contacting us today. New and existing patients may call 703-356-4822. We offer online scheduling as well. Moreover, you may visit us at 1826 Westmoreland St. McLean, VA 22101.

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