Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments in our Cockeysville, MD dental office. With teeth whitening, you can transform the appearance of your smile quickly and inexpensively. Hunt Valley area cosmetic dentists Dr. Ashley Izadi and Dr. Roham Rafat offer a range of teeth whitening options to meet your needs, schedule, and budget.
If you are embarrassed by your smile because your teeth are yellow or discolored, a whitening treatment can help. Our treatments can improve the appearance of your teeth and help you smile with confidence. We understand that your smile can either make or break a good first impression. That that is why we strive to bring you only the most effective teeth whitening methods.
Our at home and in office teeth whitening treatments can erase years of stubborn stains off your teeth. This can help you look more attractive and feel more confident.
Teeth Whitening in Hunt Valley, MD
Valley Dental Health offers two types of teeth whitening treatment plans. You can whiten your teeth privately from the comfort of your own home or a dentist can whiten your teeth in our dental office. If you choose to whiten your teeth at home, our dental office can provide you with an at-home teeth whitening kit.
While our at-home kits are effective, it may take a few weeks to see the final results. If you choose to have your teeth whitened in our office, our in-office teeth whitening treatment can whiten your teeth in as little as an hour. No matter which method you choose, the end result will be a brighter, whiter smile you will be proud to show.
In-office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is best for patients who want instant and dramatic results. Made popular by brands like Zoom, in-office teeth whitening can be completed in as little as an hour. It can be a stand-alone treatment or you can use it to boost at-home teeth whitening.
We use Venus MAX in-office teeth whitening at our Hunt Valley area dental office. Venus White Max has a unique formula to decrease sensitivity associated with teeth bleaching. This makes it more comfortable compared to other in-office teeth whitening treatments.
At-home Teeth Whitening
Patients love the convenience that comes with professional at-home teeth whitening kits. Dr. Izadi or Dr. Rafat will custom make a whitening tray that you will use during the treatment. It will distribute the whitening gel evenly over the teeth without causing damage to the gums or tooth enamel.
Depending on your goals, your dentist will recommend you wear the whitening trays for a period of time that varies from daily use for several weeks to less frequent use over a longer period of time.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
How much does teeth whitening cost?
The cost of teeth whitening depends on the type of treatment you select. In general, at-home teeth whitening costs less than in-office treatment.
How long does teeth whitening last?
With proper care of teeth, your teeth whitening results can be very long-lasting. Avoiding dark foods and beverages (such as coffee, tea and soda) after treatment will prevent teeth from staining or darkening. Teeth may require periodic touch-ups to maintain their initial bright white appearance.
Are there any teeth whitening side effects?
There are minimal teeth whitening side effects. Most frequently, patients report mild to moderate tooth sensitivity that is transient and usually resolves in one to three days after treatment.
Should I drink coffee through a straw after teeth whitening?
After teeth whitening, we recommend that if you drink coffee, you do so through a straw. Any deeply colored liquids have the potential to stain your teeth. Drinking these through a straw minimizes the time that staining bacteria comes in contact with your teeth, reducing your risk of staining.
How long after teeth whitening can I brush my teeth?
You may brush your teeth after teeth whitening treatment, however for the first 48 hours after treatment we suggest that you avoid using colored toothpaste and mouthwashes.
Any colored liquid or substance that comes in contact with your teeth during this time has the potential to stain. After teeth whitening treatment, your teeth become more porous, which means they are more prone to absorbing the colors of whatever contacts them.
Can you eat after teeth whitening?
You are more than welcome to eat after teeth whitening treatment, however we do recommend that you avoid certain foods for the first 48 hours post treatment. These include foods and drinks that are deeply colored such as ketchup, wine, coffee, etc.
Why are my teeth yellow when I brush them everyday?
Even when you practice good oral hygiene, your diet and habits may impact the color of your teeth. Certain foods, drinks, and even fluorides can cause staining.
Soda, berries, coffee, and wine are examples of foods and drinks that can cause staining. It is also important to know that medicines containing tetracycline are known to cause teeth yellowing. Smoking is also known to cause teeth yellowing.
Can some teeth not be whitened?
If you have multiple dental restoration in your mouth, you may not be a good candidate for teeth whitening. Certain restorations do not respond to whitening treatment including, dental bonding, crowns, and veneers.
For more information about the effective at-home and in-office teeth whitening methods available at Valley Dental Health, contact our office today.