Teeth Whitening in Virginia Beach and Norfolk
Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for teeth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does teeth whitening involve?
We are happy to now offer Opalescence Go. Opalescence Go is effective and easy to use. Its pre-filled, disposable UltraFit tray comfortably adapts to your smile and provides molar-to-molar coverage so the gel comes in contact with more teeth. Opalescence Go is worn once a day for 30-60 minutes, depending on your desired results. Offering a prescription-strength formula at an affordable price, Opalescence Go is easier to use than supermarket products. And the best thing, No Impressions!
This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
Our in-office whitening usually requires 2 appointments. On your first appointment, we schedule 1 1/2-2 hours. We will take impressions for custom trays for future use and we will apply our whitening product for two 20 minutes sessions. Post-op instructions will be given along with your custom trays. Depending on how moderate to dark your initial shade is, at home whitening may be required and given to you prior to the end of your appointment.
Your post-op appointment is usually scheduled one week out.
White For Life:
Please ask us about our White For Life which may be added to our In Office and Take Home systems.