If you have stained or discolored teeth, Dr. David Rever, a top cosmetic dentist in the Silver Spring area, can develop a plan to give you a brighter, whiter smile. We offer a variety of treatments, including in-office whitening and customized take-home whitening kits.
Do you have yellow or brown discoloration? What causes teeth stains to form in the first place? A variety of factors can lead to the onset of embarrassing discoloration. Fortunately, there are ways of removing stains, as well as preventive options for reducing their severity. With the right steps, you can maintain a brighter and more attractive smile.
These stains form on the surface of the teeth. A variety of factors can cause stains, such as:
- Drinks with dark pigments (soda, tea, red wine, coffee)
- Food with staining agents (such as berries)
- Sugary foods and drinks
Typically, professional teeth whitening can easily remove surface stains from the teeth. In addition, these are the most common and the easiest to help prevent.
While extrinsic discoloration forms on the surface of the teeth, intrinsic stains form below the tooth enamel, in the dentin. Injury to the tooth, fluorosis, or the use of certain medications such as tetracycline can cause intrinsic stains. They are more difficult for teeth whitening to remove, and in some cases the doctor may suggest masking them with either cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers.
Teeth whitening is an easy and cost-effective way to improve your smile. Our high-quality professional whitening systems can give you long-lasting results in a short amount of time. We can complete an in-office teeth whitening procedure in about an hour. Before you decide which method you would prefer, Dr. Rever will give you an oral exam to determine your overall dental condition.
Teeth Whitening: What to Expect
In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening
Dr. Rever uses advanced technology on your teeth to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. The whitening treatment takes as little as one hour to complete. After your consultation, Dr. Rever will cover your gums with a protective barrier to ensure their safety. Next, he will apply a high-quality hydrogen peroxide gel. He will leave the gel on for about an hour. After that, patients will notice that their teeth are brighter by many shades.
Take-Home Whitening Kit
This method of whitening is ideal for people who want to achieve great results in the comfort of their homes. Once you consult with Dr. Rever, he will take a mold of your teeth. Then, he will create a customized whitening tray that fits your teeth. At home, you will fill the trays with a whitening gel and leave them on for about an hour each night. At-home whitening kits are a convenient and gradual way to whiten teeth for natural-looking results.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are looking for ways to brighten your smile, visit us at our Silver Spring dentist office. Give us a call at 240-450-2720 or schedule an appointment online.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening is not a permanent fix to yellow teeth. Professional tooth whitening treatments can last between 2 to 3 years if properly maintained, or as little as 6 months if you smoke and eat foods that stain teeth. Your results will highly depend on how well you take care of your smile.
Can teeth whitening fix gray teeth?
Typically, whitening only works on surface stains. Gray teeth have deep issues that go beyond the staining of surface enamel. For that reason, gray teeth are a better fit for alternative whitening procedures like porcelain veneers, or dental crowns. Learn more about dental crowns.
Will teeth whitening cause my teeth to be more sensitive?
There may be an initial increase in tooth sensitivity after professional teeth whitening, but it should subside in a few days. Overuse of teeth whitening products can also cause issues like damaged teeth and sensitivity. If you decide to use over-the-counter whitening products, make sure to follow all directions and allow for some time before using them again.
Is teeth whitening for everyone?
Yes, many patients qualify for teeth whitening. There are only a few cases where teeth whitening might not be right for you. With a thorough dental exam and consultation, Dr. Rever will have a better idea of which whitening treatment will work best for your needs.