Teeth Whitening: An Overview
Many of our patients are looking for the fastest way to get the smile of their dreams. One of our most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry solutions is teeth whitening because it is an effective, minimally invasive treatment that improves your smile.
We offer at-home or in-office teeth whitening solutions to best meet our patient’s needs. Before the patient receives teeth whitening treatment, our cosmetic dentist creates a custom mouth tray for the patient to ensure that the correct amount of whitening solution is used and that the patient’s teeth are properly exposed to the whitening solution.
Teeth Whitening in Laurel, MD
As your trusted cosmetic dentist in Laurel, MD, we are happy to provide you with teeth whitening solutions to meet your needs. Whether you are interested in whitening your teeth at home or in our office, we provide the treatment that is most convenient for you. We also give you the effective results you desire.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
For our patients who prefer to whiten their teeth from the comforts of their home, we offer a simple at-home whitening kit. You will need to come to our Laurel, MD dentist for a brief visit. Here, we will take impressions of your teeth and use them to create your custom trays.
Your custom fit trays will fit perfectly against your teeth, much like a mouthpiece, to allow for even whitening and less sensitivity. We will show you how to properly use them for optimal results. Your teeth will gradually whiten during the treatment period which is typically about two weeks but may vary from patient to patient.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Choosing to have your teeth whitened at our Laurel, MD dentist office may cost more but the results are instant. This is convenient if you need your teeth whitened for a special occasion and immediate results are necessary. It is also the safest way to whiten teeth since the whitening agent will be administered by a dental professional. For optimal results, we may recommend teeth cleaning before the treatment.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution for achieving white teeth. Depending on your personal habits, teeth whitening results can last for one or more years. For example, if you are a regular coffee drinker or smoke cigarettes, your smile is likely to dull more quickly than others. However, you are more than welcome to return to our office for another whitening treatment if this happens.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. All of our procedures are safe and for the benefit of our patients. While you may experience some teeth sensitivity or gum irritation from the bleaching solution, these symptoms will go away after your treatment. Your dentist may recommend some products to treat tooth sensitivity if this continues to occur while whitening your teeth.
Do you recommend over-the-counter whitening strips?
Patients are able to purchase several teeth whitening products are their grocery store, including over-the-counter whitening strips. We recommend avoiding these products, as they are often a one-size-fits-all approach to teeth whitening. Our whitening trays are designed to custom-fit your smile so that the color of your smile is consistent. Often, patients who use whitening strips come to us afterward with blotchy teeth because the whitening solution was not evenly applied to the surface of their teeth.
When do you see results from teeth whitening?
After professional teeth whitening treatment, patients should expect to see results after about 24 hours. They may continue to become brighter for 2 weeks after treatment. During the first 2 days, patients’ teeth are more sensitive to staining.
Do teeth stain easier after whitening?
After teeth whitening treatment, patients’ teeth may become stained easily from potent colored drinks and food. Patients should avoid drinking coffee, wine, and artificially dyed foods like candy for at least a week.
Should I clean my teeth before or after whitening treatment?
Whitening treatment goes better if your teeth are clean beforehand. We recommend scheduling in-office whitening right after a dental cleaning or getting your whitening trays after a cleaning. Any plaque or tartar buildup is removed and you’ll get an even whitening experience.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
No, whitening your teeth shouldn’t hurt. If anything, you’ll experience some sensitivity. This diminishes after a few days. Professional teeth whitening solutions minimize sensitivity on your teeth.
How often can I whiten my teeth?
Even with professional products, teeth whitening can cause severe sensitivity if it’s overdone. Only whiten your teeth once or twice a year. Teeth whitening results last for at least this long, so you should be covered for your whitening needs.
Whiten Your Teeth at Laurel Smiles Dental Care
Transform your smile with professional teeth whitening services. Call us or schedule an appointment online to get started!