Teeth Whitening

Hyattsville Dental Care

General Dentist located in Hyattsville, MD

Professional teeth whitening is a simple, effective treatment to brighten your smile and boost your confidence. At Hyattsville Dental Care in Hyattsville, Maryland, George Harding, DDS, and the team offer in-office teeth whitening for immediate results that last. To learn more about the benefits of in-office teeth whitening, call Hyattsville Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens the shade of your teeth. Most treatments use hydrogen or carbamide peroxide to break up unwanted stains. These chemicals react with stain molecules to break them down. Once the stains dissolve, your teeth look brighter and whiter.

While there are many over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products available, such as teeth whitening strips, toothpastes, and rinses, they can only treat extrinsic (surface) stains. 

Meanwhile, professional products remove both extrinsic and intrinsic (internal) stains, which penetrate beneath the surface.

Who benefits from teeth whitening?

Individuals with stained, yellow teeth benefit most from professional teeth whitening. Tooth discoloration develops for many different reasons, including diet, lifestyle, genetic, and environmental factors.

Certain risk factors and substances that can cause yellow teeth include:

  • Coffee and tea
  • Red wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Marinara sauce
  • Curry
  • Soda
  • Certain medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Tooth damage
  • Tobacco use
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Excessive fluoride use

Some individuals are more vulnerable to tooth discoloration than others. The color of your teeth largely depends on the thickness of your enamel. 

Those with thick enamel typically have whiter teeth than those with a very thin layer. Thin enamel exposes the darker dentin beneath, which can appear yellow. While some people have naturally thin enamel due to genetics, most experience enamel erosion with age.

What happens during teeth whitening?

Hyattsville Dental Care offers two types of teeth whitening:

Chairside whitening

Chairside whitening is an in-office treatment in which the team applies a solution or gel to your teeth. The treatment breaks up and removes deep stains. To accelerate the process, your dentist may use an LED light. The entire process takes less than one hour.

At-home whitening

Another whitening option is take-home custom trays with a whitening gel. The team molds these trays to the exact shape of your teeth. You can wear these trays during the day or at night to whiten your teeth at your convenience.

What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening at Hyattsville Dental Care offers several benefits when compared to OTC options, including:

  • Faster results
  • Controlled gel formulas
  • Reduced tooth sensitivity
  • Customized treatment
  • Longer-lasting results

With professional teeth whitening, you can experience visibly whiter teeth in as little as one visit.

To learn more about teeth whitening, call Hyattsville Dental Care or book an appointment online.