Teeth Whitening

Springfield Smiles Family Dental

Soumyata Heggade, DDS

General Dentist located in Springfield, VA

A bright white smile is a sign of youth and health, but unfortunately, things like coffee, tea, and wine can stain your teeth. Luckily, Dr. Soumyata Heggade offers professional teeth whitening treatments to lift stains from your teeth at Springfield Smiles Family Dental in Springfield, Virginia. If you’re ready to brighten your smile, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

How did my teeth get yellow?

There are a number of factors that contribute to your teeth becoming yellow — certain foods and drinks like coffee, tea, wine, and berries can stain your teeth, as well as smoking cigarettes. These stains are removable with teeth whitening treatments.

Other causes of tooth discoloration aren’t treatable with topical treatments. For example, trauma — and certain medications like tetracycline — can cause deeper discoloration. Also, as you get older, your tooth enamel thins, making the darker dentin on the inside of your tooth visible.

Dr. Heggade may suggest treatments like veneers or crowns to cover these kinds of discoloration.

What happens during the teeth whitening process?

Dr. Heggade examines your teeth to ensure that a teeth whitening treatment is the most effective solution for your discoloration and that your teeth are healthy enough for the treatment.

Then, Dr. Heggade takes molds of your teeth to create custom trays. You fill the trays with whitening gel and wear them for a short period of time every day, for several days to lighten your teeth by four to eight shades.

Dr. Heggade also offers in-office KOR Teeth Whitening System whitening treatment. This whitening process takes about an hour and is completed in one visit. Dr. Heggade fits you with a gum guard and applies the whitening solution. Then she directs a special activating light toward your teeth. When the treatment is complete, she removes the gel and the guard, and you go home with an instantly brighter smile.

Why are professional teeth whitening treatments better than a drugstore kit?

Professional teeth whitening treatments are more effective and safer than a kit that you can buy in a drug store. Dr. Heggade provides a stronger bleaching gel that you use for less time which not only improves your results but also reduces the risk of damage to your tooth enamel. Also, your trays are custom-crafted to fit your teeth precisely which limits the amount of gel that can get on your gums.

Is teeth whitening permanent?

Unfortunately, your teeth whitening treatment doesn’t prevent future staining. You can limit further discoloration by brushing for two minutes twice a day with a whitening toothpaste, flossing daily, and having regular professional dental cleanings and checkups.

You can also limit your consumption of coffee, tea, and wine and of course, if you smoke, you should stop.

Call Springfield Smiles Family Dental or make an appointment online to find out if teeth whitening is right for you.

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