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By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
December 22, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Your teeth look yellow, grey, or just downright dingy, but it’s not your fault! There are many reasons which may have caused your smile to lose its luster. Fortunately, in-office teeth whitening might be the solution you need for a perfectly white, bright smile. Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA can help make your smile movie-star beautiful.

Why Are My Teeth Discolored?

When you’re young, your teeth are beautifully white. Over time, they can become yellow, grey, or dingy-looking. There are many reasons for this:

The food and drinks you choose can discolor your teeth. Beverages like wine, coffee, and tea are notorious for causing your teeth to lose their shine. The pigments in these drinks and even foods you eat like turmeric attach to your tooth enamel, causing them to become stained.

Tar and nicotine in tobacco products stain teeth. Tar and nicotine are very discoloring in combination. 

Your teeth get less white with age. Beneath the top layer of your enamel is a soft layer called dentin. Over time,  the enamel wears away to reveal the naturally yellowish-colored dentin beneath. 

Medications may stain teeth. Antihistamines, antipsychotics, or even high blood pressure medication can cause teeth discoloration. People who took tetracycline when they were younger may experience tooth discoloration, and even their children may experience it if it was taken while pregnant.

Injuries cause teeth to look less white. The loss of blood flow to the root of a tooth can cause it to appear less white and bright, and instead appear a grey tone. 

Can I Use an At-Home Treatment?

There are many home remedies for whiter teeth but they may not be the fastest, best, or healthiest. In some cases, whitening treatments won’t change your tooth color at all, particularly if you have crowns or veneers. Here are a few common at-home teeth whitening remedies:

  • Strips 
  • Pens
  • Toothpaste
  • Kits

According to scientific research conducted by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, some hydrogen-peroxide-based teeth whitening products change the protein inside the dentin layer. This layer keeps your teeth healthy. [1] If you’re going to apply a home-whitening product, it’s best to use one that contains an alternative ingredient or seek in-office treatment with a dentist instead.

Why are In-Office Whitening Treatments Better?

When you get your teeth whitened in-office you don’t have to wait weeks or months for results. Your gums are also protected to keep the hydrogen peroxide from irritating them. The results are also often more visually stunning since the solution penetrates deeper into the teeth.

To schedule a dental appointment for a bright, white new smile, contact Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA  at (703) 524-7100.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
August 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Over the years, your teeth can develop unappealing stains. Preventing dental stains is possible but if you already have them, teeth whitening in Arlington, VA, with your dentist, Dr. Bruce Hanley, can brighten your smile.

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking isn't just good for your teeth, your overall health benefits too. Smoking is a major cause of tooth discolorations and this habit can quickly turn your smile dull and yellow. However, the disastrous effects of smoking on your oral tissues don't stop at teeth stains. Smoking can also damage your taste buds, cause oral cancer, increase your risk of gum disease, and stain your tongue.

Clean Your Teeth After Specific Food and Drinks

Some of your favorite foods and drinks can cause teeth stains. Rinsing your mouth with water or brushing your teeth right after taking such foods can reduce its staining effect on your teeth. Usually, if the food or drink can stain your hands, they're likely to leave a stain on your teeth too. Some foods and drinks that can stain your teeth include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Blueberries
  • Curry
  • Pasta sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Cranberry juice
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Food coloring

Use a Straw

Giving up your favorite pigmented drinks entirely might not be practical. However, using a straw might help. When you use a straw to take pigmented drinks, you limit their contact with your teeth and reduce their chances of staining your teeth. Reducing your consumption of acidic drinks is also great for your oral health even after you get teeth whitening in Arlington, VA.

Regular Dental Cleanings

If you're not cleaning your teeth at least twice each year at your dentist's office, you're missing out on a brighter smile. During your dental cleaning, your dentist cleans up plaque and tartar that could be causing your dull smile. Your dentist can also clean up surface stains so that your smile remains brilliant.

Preventing teeth stains can help you improve your self-esteem. However, if you still get tooth discolorations, you can reach out to your dentist, Dr. Hanley, for teeth whitening in Arlington, VA, by calling (703) 524-7100.

Did you know that most people desire a whiter smile--up to 90 percent, says the American Association of Orthodontists? But, over time, those pearly whites are harder to achieve by yourself. At Bruce Hanley, DDS and Associates in Arlington, VA, we offer teeth whitening that's both professional and effective. There's no guesswork; you get the smile you want safely.

The causes of dental stains

Food, drinks, tobacco, drugs, injury, and the aging process all contribute to dental discoloration, those brown or gray stains which detract from your smile appearance. For many people, their teeth acquire a color-changing accumulation of organic matter even though they may brush and floss as they should. These extrinsic stains are the easiest to remove.

Other people have color changes due to accidents, prescription drugs, or other circumstances. These deep, intrinsic stains are unresponsive to all whitening methods and must be camouflaged with veneers or crowns.

Professional teeth whitening

Dr. Hanley sees many patients in his Arlington, VA, office who wish to brighten their smiles, and he can help, provided your teeth and gums are healthy. Dr. Hanley offers several teeth whitening options: Zoom! Whitening with its innovative activation light, Rembrandt and Venus take-home whitening, and Kor deep bleaching, cold proprietary gels.

After a complete oral exam in your dental office in Arlington, VA, you discuss your options with Dr. Hanley. Whichever product you choose, count on wonderful results--eight to 10 shades.

And, you're assured of safety--that is, no dental or gum sensitivity. Unfortunately, over the counter products often produce this painful sensation.

In summary...

1. Professional teeth whitening is safe for your teeth, gums, and other soft tissues.

2. It works. Stains lift right out of tooth enamel, and they are gone.

3. Your dentist offers many whitening options. Choose the one suited to your smile and timeline. (In-office whitening takes about an hour. Take-home options take some days, depending on the product.)

4. Results last. Keep that Hollywood looks with brushing and flossing at home, regular cleanings with Dr. Hanley, and touch-ups as needed. Avoid drinks and foods which stain, and stop smoking if possible.

Find out more

At Bruce Hanley, DDS and Associates in Arlington, VA, our professional team offer an impressive menu of cosmetic services, including popular teeth whitening. Contact us for a consultation, won't you? Phone (703) 524-7100.

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.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
August 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningDo you want a whiter smile before your wedding day or that big job interview?

You know that you couldn’t imagine walking down the aisle with a wedding dress that’s brighter than your smile. Or maybe you are vying for your dream job and you need to make an incredible first impression at your interview. Either way, it sounds like you might be on a time crunch when it comes to whitening your smile. Don’t worry; our Arlington, VA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Bruce Hanley, has got you covered.

Who should consider professional teeth whitening?

If you have healthy natural teeth that have become dull and yellow then you could be the ideal candidate for teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening is the most effective approach for removing stubborn dental stains caused by foods, drinks, smoking, or even the natural aging process. However, professional teeth whitening will not be able to brighten dental work such as fillings or crowns.

Those with tooth sensitivity might have heard that teeth whitening isn’t right for them because it can increase your sensitivity. While this can be true, if you experience tooth sensitivity it’s a good idea to talk to our Arlington cosmetic dentist during your consultation. We may recommend a desensitizing toothpaste to use for a few weeks before your whitening treatment. Plus, when you come in for professional whitening we can monitor your whitening experience to reduce sensitivity (something you wouldn’t be able to do with at-home whitening treatment).

What happens during professional teeth whitening?

If you want visibly whiter teeth in less than one hour then look no further than our chairside whitening system. This is the best approach if you want to get your smile several shades whiter in often just one session. When you come in for whitening, we will clean your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar buildup that could get in the way of even whitening.

From there, we will place a protective barrier over the gum tissue and then apply the whitening gel to the front of your teeth. The gel will remain on your teeth for up to 15 minutes, after which we will remove the whitening gel and apply a fresh new layer. We will remove and reapply the gel 2-3 times during your treatment to ensure that stubborn stains are gone. The whitening process only takes about 45 minutes.

It’s never too late to get that brilliant smile. If you want to find out more about professional in-office teeth whitening or even our at-home whitening options, it’s the perfect time to pick up the phone and call our Arlington, VA, dental office to find out how we can makeover your smile.