Teeth Whitening Specialist

Smile Dental Clinic

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Falls Church, VA & Herndon, VA

If your smile needs a whitening touch up, then it’s time to consider a professional teeth whitening. At Smiles Dental Clinic in Falls Church and Herndon, Virginia, Farah Ahmad, DDS, and Saira Ahmad, DDS, offer in-office whitenings and take-home options to brighten your smile. Teeth whitening can help boost your self-confidence and help you achieve your dream smile. To schedule a professional whitening, just call the office or book an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening refers to the process of bleaching your teeth to break up the concentration of stains and discoloration. The results are whiter, healthier looking teeth you’ll be proud to show off.

If you’re interested in brightening your smile, professional teeth whitening is the way to go. It’s cost-effective and convenient, taking less than an hour in the office. Professional whitening is preferable to over-the-counter options since professional-grade whitening agents have a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, making the results more noticeable and long-lasting.

What causes tooth stains and discoloration?

The most common causes of tooth stains and discolorations are from food and beverages, including: 

  • Coffee
  • Dark tea
  • Red wine
  • Mustard
  • Berries
  • Tomato sauce

Another common cause of tooth discoloration is the natural wear and tear that comes as you age. Over time, the enamel of your teeth wears down, revealing the dentin, which is the yellowish layer beneath. 

Also, any tobacco use of any kind, whether that’s chewing or smoking, can lead to stains and discoloration.

How does teeth whitening work?

In-office teeth whitening is a quick, safe procedure. It takes less than an hour and involves no downtime so you can even make an appointment for a quick touch up to your smile during your lunch break from work. 

Whitening technology can brighten your smile by up to five shades in just one visit to Smile Dental Clinic. It works because of the active ingredient in the whitening agent—hydrogen peroxide. When applied to your teeth, the whitening solution goes to work quickly. You bite into the gel-lined tray as the whitening solution breaks up the concentration of tooth stains. Light-powered technology helps speed up the whitening results. 

Another option is using a take-home whitening kit to brighten your smile conveniently at home. In just a few weeks, you can experience similar results to that of in-office whitening. 

How long do teeth whitening results last?

Teeth whitening results should last 1-2 years, if not longer. If you’d like to maintain your whitening results, the best way to do so is by continuing to brush and floss diligently. Also, try to limit your intake of stain-causing foods and drinks.

When your smile needs a whitening touch up, schedule an in-office whitening with Smile Dental Clinic. If you’re just curious to learn more about how teeth whitening works and to ask questions, book a consultation by calling the office or setting up an appointment online today.