Teeth whitening is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic dentistry procedures because it 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. Exposure to the foods and beverages we consume such as coffee, tea, and sodas can accelerate the changes in the color of your teeth. 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.
The long-term results of the whitening will depend on the individual. Regular professional care and use of 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. Habits such as smoking and drinking dark beverages for example.
We commonly use professional strength teeth whitening in combination with other cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures to complete a transformation. Unfortunately for some patients, their teeth may not respond to professional teeth whitening. For patients with this issue, Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley may suggest other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers.
In-office Teeth Whitening at Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
In office teeth whitening is a great option for patients who want to “boost” their smile and see immediate results. This quick treatment is great for special occasions such as weddings, graduations and job interviews. Our in-office teeth whitening systems can give you a brighter, whiter smile without the wait. Using high quality professional whitening gels to reduce sensitivity, it can address most tooth stains and create a whiter smile.
Patients usually see results in about an hour! Our dentists customize your whitening appointment to meet your specific needs and goals. First we will determine if a professional teeth whitening treatment is right for you with a dental exam. Then we will address your tooth staining and discoloration issues. You will leave our office full of confidence and whiter teeth.
At-home Teeth Whitening
At-home teeth whitening is very convenient for many of our patients. This type of treatment includes a custom fit professional whitening tray. After a dental exam, we will fit you with this custom appliance. Creating a custom-fit tray for your specific mouth ensures that the whitening gel spreads evenly and properly. We always want to avoid causing damage to your gums or tooth enamel. Then, our dental professionals will give you instructions on how to use it along with the whitening solution.
At-home teeth whitening treatment takes place over a number of weeks. You will wear the trays for a set amount of time during the day or overnight. 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 fresh 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 anywhere between a few weeks to a few months. However, you may want followup treatments to extend results. It all depends on how you take care of your teeth, if you smoke, and your diet (the types of foods you eat). 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
Looking for a dentist that offers teeth whitening near Chesapeake, VA, Norfolk, VA and the Virginia Beach area? Contact Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry to learn more about our dental services or schedule a consultation online.