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Teeth Whitening Reston VA

As its name suggests, teeth whitening is the act of lightening the teeth by removing stains that cause discoloration. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures as it delivers optimum and dramatic results in as fast as one visit.

In-office teeth whitening is the safest and most effective form of teeth whitening. The procedure is performed under the dentist’s supervision. In addition, the treatment is best suited for those that want lasting, quick results. Many patients may have used over-the-counter products and found the results fading away within weeks. For this reason, we suggest in-office teeth whitening since it uses a higher concentration of whitening agents. The procedure is safe and painless. Moreover, the results are known to last up to 3 years.


Before the commencement of the procedure, the dental hygienist should begin by cleaning your gums and teeth. It is in order to get rid of any present food particles or bacteria on your teeth that may interfere with the functioning of the bleaching agent.  This procedure is also known as prophylactic cleaning.

After the cleaning, a dental examination of your teeth is undertaken by the dentist. It’s often done concurrently with the prophylactic cleaning. This is to ensure that there are no potential problems like gum disease, tooth decay or cracks. In other words, your teeth and gums need to be healthy for the treatment. 

Next, the dentist places a protective barrier over your gums and lips to protect them from the whitening gel. The dentist inserts the cheek retractor inside the mouth. It exposes the esthetic zone teeth. Then, he or she applies a rubber dam, commonly known as hardened resin on the gum tissue to protect it against irritations that can be caused by the solution. The bleaching gel is then applied to the esthetic zone teeth using a special light to activate the whitening agent.

Each procedure may vary slightly due to the patient’s goal. Nonetheless, once the treatment is complete, the mouth is cleaned and the new patient is able to review the results. Patients can also use touch-up kits to help maintain their new smile. They will also receive post-treatment instructions to assure the best results.

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In-Office Teeth Whitening offers many benefits for patients wanting a brighter smile. Learn more about this procedure with an exam and consultation. Call 703-860-9854 or schedule an appointment online. Additionally, our dentists can help you understand other treatment options to meet your dental goals. Our services range from general dentistry to complex cosmetic dental procedures. Book today!