Rejuvenate Your Smile with Teeth Whitening

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
July 03, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Our tooth enamel changes as we age. Plus, certain foods and beverages darken smiles, leaving a stained, dull look. To rejuvenate your Teeth-Whiteningteeth and your personal outlook, ask Dr. Bruce Hanley about teeth whitening in his Arlington, VA, office. Safe, easy, and so effective, professional whitening adds a WOW! factor to you smile.

Why choose professional teeth whitening?

That's a great question because there are a staggering number of whitening products on the market today. However, these toothpastes, rinses and strips simply don't work as well as the teeth whitening your Arlington, VA, dentist offers. Plus, some products cause painful gum and dental sensitivity.

On the other hand, professional teeth whitening works exceptionally well, improving tooth color by up to 10 shades of color. Fully vetted through in-office examination and supervised by Dr. Hanley, whitening treatments take just about an hour, and you're set for years of whiter, brighter teeth.

How teeth whitening works

For the most part, dental stains are organic in nature. Porous tooth enamel catches and retains tobacco smoke, darkly pigmented drinks and foods and just about anything you put in your mouth. Brushing and flossing helps remove these residues, of course, as does in-office cleaning. However, some people just don't keep up good oral hygiene habits, and some stains are just plain stubborn.

Professional whitening uses a highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. Painted on as you relax in the dental chair, this gel breaks down the stains so the dentist literally can rinse them away.

In addition, the gel contains a buffering agent called potassium nitrate. Experts at the University of Maryland Dental School say this buffer protects soft oral tissues from uncomfortable irritation so common to over-the-counter whitening systems.

In total, teeth whitening at Bruce Hanley DDS and Associates takes about an hour, but the effects last indefinitely. You'll be pleased with your renewed, youthful appearance.

Keeping that great smile

Dr. Hanley recommends:

  • Twice a day brushing
  • Once a day flossing
  • Drinking water through out the day (to rinse your teeth and increase saliva)
  • Stopping all tobacco
  • Limiting dark beverages, such as coffee, tea, and colas, or drinking them with a straw
  • Limiting dark foods such as soy sauce and curry
  • Coming into the office for whitening touch-ups and six-month cleanings and examinations

Contact us

We'd love to tell you all about professional teeth whitening and the other cosmetic services Bruce Hanley DDS and Associates in Arlington, VA, offer. Call (703) 524-7100. We feature Saturday hours.