Teeth whitening is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic dentistry procedures. Whitening treatment is quick, effective, and relatively inexpensive. Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley of Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Virginia Beach offer convenient options for restoring your natural bright smile with teeth whitening. Choose from in-office treatment, at-home treatment, or a combination of the two. We only use carefully selected professional tooth whitening brands that yield optimal results with minimal sensitivity to teeth and gums.
Is Teeth Whitening Right For You?
Over time, our teeth darken naturally. However, discoloration may also be caused by the foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, and sodas. Other factors for tooth discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use, or improper oral hygiene.
Practically anyone can benefit from professional teeth whitening treatment. Having a whiter, brighter smile can boost your confidence, make you more attractive, and give you a younger appearance.
We commonly use teeth whitening combined with other cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures to complete a transformation.
The long-term results of the whitening will depend on the individual. Regular professional care and the touch-up whitening gel will help maintain the results indefinitely. To keep your bright smile looking good for as long as possible, we recommend avoiding or cutting back on habits known to stain and darken teeth, such as smoking and drinking dark beverages.
Unfortunately for some patients, their teeth may not respond to professional teeth whitening. Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley may suggest other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers for patients with this issue.
In-office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is an excellent option for patients who want to “boost” their smile and see immediate results. Our in-office teeth whitening systems can give you a brighter, whiter smile without waiting. High-quality professional whitening gels reduce sensitivity and can address most tooth stains for a whiter smile.
These results are usually delivered in about an hour and will give you a foundation for your at-home efforts. The dentist customizes professional whitening to meet your needs and goals. A thorough dental exam can determine if a professional teeth whitening treatment will address your tooth staining and discoloration.
In-office teeth whitening is significant for special occasions such as weddings, graduations, and job interviews.
At-home Teeth Whitening
At-home teeth whitening is very convenient for patients. This type of treatment includes a custom-fit professional whitening tray. This customized appliance assures that the whitening gel is administered evenly and properly without causing damage to the gums or tooth enamel.
At-home teeth whitening treatment takes place over several weeks. The trays are worn either during the day or overnight, depending on the patient, for a set amount of time. Patients will enjoy gradual and natural-looking results. Periodic touch-ups, combined with good oral hygiene, can help to maintain results.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Does teeth whitening make my teeth more sensitive?
Yes, BUT not for long. Tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening is a natural symptom. It is also very temporary, and not everyone experiences it. Bleaching and teeth whitening materials help remove stains from teeth, thus exposing new tooth enamel.
Since the enamel hasn’t been exposed to the elements yet, it is sensitive to hot and cold foods for a short period. Sensitivity from teeth whitening goes away after a few hours to days. Patients with sensitivity before getting this treatment will need to address their sensitivity first.
How long does teeth whitening at the dentist last?
Teeth whitening at the dentist can last between a few weeks to a few months. However, you may want follow-up treatments to extend results. It all depends on how you take care of your teeth if you smoke, and your diet. Beware of products that promise permanent results. No traditional teeth whitening procedure is permanent.
Does teeth whitening damage tooth enamel?
Teeth whitening does not weaken enamel or damage your teeth. Tooth enamel is the hardest material in your body. Your dentist does not use nearly enough bleaching gel to cause damage. So this procedure at the dentist is safe for tooth enamel.
Schedule Your Dental Exam and Whitening Consultation
Are you looking for a dentist that offers teeth whitening near Chesapeake, VA, Norfolk, VA, and Virginia Beach? Contact Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry to learn more about our teeth whitening services or schedule a consultation online.