You Can Have a Brighter, Whiter Smile
Have your pearly whites lost their shine? You’re not alone. Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic treatment because it can boost your confidence by lifting stains off your teeth. Professional whitening can produce dramatic results and give you an instant makeover.
So if you hesitate to smile for the camera, don’t worry. Dr. Bassford can help you love your smile again so you can get out there and enjoy life.
How Teeth Whitening Works
The teeth whitening process is non-invasive and doesn’t cause pain to you. The whitening can be done in one appointment, so you’ll leave our office with a beautiful new smile.
Dr. Bassford will first clean off your teeth and prepare them for the whitening procedure. She’ll put protective gear in place so your gums, lips, and tongue won’t be affected by the whitening gel. The whitening gel is applied to your teeth, then activated using a special light.
The whitening only takes about 30 to 60 minutes for one appointment. If you wish for a brighter shade after your first treatment, you can schedule another whitening procedure with us and we can remove even more staining.
Tips to Keep Your Teeth White
After your whitening treatment, you’ll likely want to keep your teeth bright and stainless for as long as possible. You can prevent stains on your teeth if you:
- Avoid stain-inducing foods and drinks (coffee, tea, wine, and dark fruits)
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily
- Visit our office for regular biannual cleanings
- Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking
Contact Dr. Bassford for a Beautiful Smile
Do you look at your teeth and wish they could be whiter? They can be. Dr. Bassford can easily find a perfect solution for the appearance of your teeth so you can be proud of your smile.
To learn how we can help you, contact our office by calling (301) 593-5500 or by filling out our online contact form, available on this page. We’re happy to speak with you about your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, teeth whitening isn’t bad for your teeth. While the whitening gel contains chemicals that can lead to sensitivity in your gums, tongue, and lips, this shouldn’t happen when it’s applied correctly. Dr. Bassford takes the utmost precaution when she’s whitening our teeth.
While many people believe yellow teeth are unhealthy, that’s not always the case. Yellow teeth can be perfectly healthy and simply have stains that have built up over time from food and beverages. Whitening can lift these stains from your teeth and reveal their natural color.
Yes, teeth whitening can help your yellow teeth become whiter. While there are some stains that are resistant to whitening, most stains can be removed with a professional whitening visit.
There are some stains that are difficult to treat with whitening procedures, though. In these cases, Dr. Bassford can recommend another treatment, such as porcelain veneers. Even if whitening doesn’t work on your teeth, there’s no need to give up hope — you, too, can have a beautiful, white smile.
Teeth whitening usually lasts for about two to three years. The precautions you take with your teeth and your oral hygiene affect the appearance of your smile, though. If you’re not careful about the foods you eat and don’t take proper care of your teeth, your whitening won’t last for as long.
You can help your teeth remain white by avoiding dark-colored foods and drinks that are common culprits of stains. These include coffee, soda, tea, wine, and dark fruits. Rinsing your mouth out with water after you consume these teeth stainers can help reduce their effect on your tooth color.