(202) 873-1341

Teeth Whitening in Washington DC

A gorgeous smile involves more than straight teeth and aligned gums. As people age, their teeth tend to yellow, and this process may be accelerated with the consumption of certain foods and beverages. The use of certain medications can lead to the yellowing of teeth, and all impact a person’s self-esteem and desire to smile. Today, teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures requested, and it’s easy to see why. A bright smile is one that people wish to show off. There are numerous options available in the area for consumers today, such as the use of professionally fabricated whitening trays as well as Brite Smile, being the preferred choice of many. Following is what everyone should know about these popular dental services we provide.

We use two main services for whitening:

  • Brite Smile in-office power whitening
  • Professionally fabricated whitening trays

Brite Smile In-Office Power Whitening

The first step in the process involves cleaning the teeth. This ensures any plaque is removed and the teeth are ready for the whitening solution. Once this has been done, the whitening gel is applied to the teeth in the concentration deemed appropriate by the dentist.

After the teeth have been coated with the gel, the special blue light used in the Brite Smile system is positioned over the teeth. Once illuminated, it activates the gel used in the oxidation process. Patients find they can take a nap during the procedure, read a book, listen to music or watch TV. The gel sits on the teeth under the light for 20 minutes, and this process is repeated three times. Once the three treatments are complete, the teeth look brighter, and the smile is more luminous.

The Benefits Of Brite Smile In-Office Power Whitening

Individuals find Brite Smile power whitening helps to fix any yellow, brown or spotted stains on the teeth. People of any age benefit from this procedure, and the smile improves in no time at all. It’s revitalized, and the brightness is restored, allowing individuals to feel confident once again. Thanks to the quick results, patients see they can change their appearance in only one office visit.

The procedure is very safe, and the risk of sensitivity in the gums and teeth is reduced, as the dentist carefully controls the amount of solution used, where it is placed, and the length of time it remains on the teeth. In addition, the dentist may also use fluoride, potassium nitrate, or another product to decrease sensitivity. Although the cost is higher than seen with products designed for use at home, patients find the results to be well worth the additional cost.

Whitening/bleaching take-home trays

In only a few days your custom whitening trays will be ready for you to pick up. We provide you with a special whitening agent that you put into the clear trays. With usually less than an hour of wear per day, our special whitening agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile.

Dental whitening can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of whitening treatments, whitening is nearly always worth a try.

Key Benefits

  • Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
  • Works on people of any age
  • Is a great solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive

An impression is taken to make a specialized tray to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used each day for a specific amount of time, and at the end of this time, significant whitening will usually occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, whitening technology allows us to offer improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or porcelain veneers may be more appropriate.

Considerations

Why Professional Tooth Whitening?

Many individuals question the need for professional tooth whitening. With several products offered over the counter today, they feel they can complete this task at home with similar results. This isn’t the case, as professional products use strong solutions. This allows the teeth to be whitened in a shorter period of time.

One additional thing people need to consider when choosing between home use products and those offered by professionals is the safety of the products. Certain products available through retailers can do harm to the teeth and gums when not used properly. Care must be taken to ensure no harm is done that can permanently mar the appearance of the smile, and this is why professional whitening options remain the best choice.

When To Avoid Tooth Whitening

Certain stains resist whitening treatments; thus other options may need to be considered. These include crowns, bonding, and porcelain veneers. Transparent teeth, especially those in the front of the mouth, won’t benefit from tooth whitening procedures. The dentist works with each patient to determine what results they can expect and what options are available to them.

Women who are pregnant or nursing should delay their whitening treatment until the baby is born or nursing is finished. Individuals with extensive dental work may find they aren’t good candidates, as the veneers, crowns, or bridges won’t respond to the whitening treatment. Furthermore, those undergoing orthodontic treatments need to wait until the treatment plan is complete before having their teeth whitened. The dentist determines who is a good candidate for this type of procedure and when it should be completed.

If you feel your teeth are holding you back either personally or professionally, now is the time to consider Brite Smile in-office power whitening. With this quick and easy procedure, you can improve the appearance of your smile in only one visit. Maintaining this gorgeous smile is easy as well thanks to the at-home maintenance treatments. Call us today at (202) 873-1341 to set up an appointment. We’ll see if this option is right for you and how we can help you make your smile everything you want it to be. We are here to help you in any way we can.

Our Happy Patients

"My favorite dentist. Dr. Brown is hands down my favorite dentist. Highly skilled, fantastic bedside (chair side?) manner and a great team of skilled techs. Dr. Brown thoroughly explains proposed treatment, and keeps you informed the entire way. Her husband, Dr. Polowitz, is also great. Our whole family sees them."

Bill S.

"Dr. Brown and Pollowitz are highly skilled dentists, very talented artists, and have the best bedside or should I say "chair side" manner I have ever experienced. I trust them completely and have been seeing Dr. Brown and Pollowitz for almost 20 years now. When I lived out of town for two years, the dentist I saw there was amazed at the skill and perfection of the veneer and implant Dr Brown did and got the whole staff to come look at my mouth! I had an accident when I was a kid and have had lots of problems with my teeth ever since, and that includes many unpleasant experiences, but their kindness has given me a renewed respect and love for dentistry. It means a lot that Dr Brown will call me and find out if I am OK after a crown or something painful. She knows I am sensitive and takes time to take extra good care. Love them both."

Jenny L.

"As always my experience was top notch for a dental appointment. Dr Pollowitz explained the details of what he was going to do as he worked. It was an appointment to both replace a filling and to take care of the cavity on the outside of that filling. He proceeded slowly and there was never any feel of him rushing to get to the next patient. And Sylvia was very professional as always. Rate this office as a 5 star!"

Joan M.
We're here to help you get the perfect smile!
Have Questions? Call Us Now (202) 873-1341  OR   Schedule Your Visit!
Map Call Contact
Us
Contact Washington Center for Cosmetic Dentistry Today!
Close
form
Close form

Ready to Schedule an Appointment with Us?

Leave Us A Message
Tap To Call
With a Dental Certified Specialist