General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC
Don’t let dull or discolored teeth hold you back from sharing your smile with the world. Let Thomas D. Sokoly, DDS, and the team put the shine back in your smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment. Conveniently located in Washington D.C., Sokoly Dental has helped many patients achieve a whiter smile that they’re proud to show off. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
Why aren’t my teeth whiter?
Your teeth naturally lose their shine as you age, and over time, your enamel (the hard outer layer of your teeth) thins, allowing your dentin (the soft inner layer that yellows over time) to show through more. Other reasons your teeth might become dull or discolored include:
- Practicing poor oral hygiene and at-home care
- Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco
- Consuming darkly pigmented foods or beverages, like coffee, soda, or red wine
- Taking medications, like certain antipsychotics or antihistamines
- Being exposed to tetracycline or doxycycline before you’re 8 years old
Genetics can also be to blame for the color of your teeth. The porousness or transparency of your tooth enamel is actually a genetically inherited trait.
How can you whiten my teeth?
There are many different teeth whitening treatments available today, but they all operate on the same basic principles.
A bleaching solution that contains hydrogen peroxide is applied to the outer surfaces of your teeth. The hydrogen peroxide penetrates your enamel and breaks up the pigmentation that causes staining, giving you whiter teeth and a healthier-looking smile.
Generally speaking, professional whitening treatments can be broken up into two categories: at-home whitening and in-office whitening.
With at-home whitening, the Sokoly Dental team makes a custom-fitted bleaching tray from an impression of your teeth.
You fill this bleaching tray with a professional-grade whitening solution and wear it over your teeth for about an hour a day for noticeably whiter teeth within just a few weeks.
At-home treatment allows you to whiten your teeth at your own convenience and on your time, but can take longer to achieve results.
With in-office whitening, the Sokoly Dental team paints a protective coating over your gums and soft tissues before carefully applying a stronger bleaching solution to your teeth.
Some in-office whitening treatments also use of a special light that enhances the bleaching process by helping the hydrogen peroxide penetrate deeper into your enamel to break up more difficult stains. In-office whitening can give you noticeably whiter teeth in a single office visit.
Can’t I just use an over-the-counter treatment?
You can, but the results that you’ll get from over-the-counter products aren’t on par with what you get with a professional treatment. The bleaching solution used in these treatments isn’t as strong as what you get at Sokoly Dental.
In addition, because the strips and trays in these products aren’t designed for your particular smile and aren’t being applied by a professional, the whitening gel tends to get all over the place and not remain in full contact with your teeth.
This can actually make over-the-counter treatments potentially harmful to your oral health. When the bleaching solution leaks out from these products, it frequently comes into contact with your gums, where it acts as an irritant.
If you want a professional-looking smile, you need a professional treatment. Don’t wait any longer to get your dream smile. Schedule your teeth whitening appointment with Sokoly Dental today by calling the office or booking a visit online.