Have you tried over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments with minimal results? You can erase years of stains and yellowing with one of our premier whitening treatments. We offer in-office and take-home options using professional Zoom and Opalescence™ teeth whitening in our Washington, DC, office. At Dupont Dental, we work with patients to find the correct teeth whitening treatment for their needs, considering their tooth sensitivity and the cause of their discoloration. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that can lift tooth stains and create brighter smiles.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
There can be multiple common causes of discolored and yellowed teeth:
- Foods and Drinks: Berries, coffee, wine, tea, tomatoes, and other foods and beverages can contain chromogens, compounds that can dye the tooth enamel. Over time, stains from these foods and drinks can discolor teeth.
- Tobacco Products: Smoking cigarettes or using vape pens can contribute to tooth stains and yellow teeth. The nicotine in tobacco products enters the enamel and leads to brown or yellowed teeth.
- Medications: Antihistamines, antipsychotics, and other medications can have tooth discoloration as a side effect.
- Injuries: Tooth wear, fractures, or chips and cracks in the teeth can affect the pulp within the tooth and create a discolored look.
Teeth Whitening Treatment in Washington, DC
We offer two different types of teeth whitening treatments for patients who want either in-office or take-home care:
Zoom Teeth Whitening
Our Zoom in-office whitening system can brighten your smile by six to eight shades within one hour. When you visit our office for Zoom treatment, we will isolate the teeth and cover the gums to minimize sensitivity. Then, we will apply whitening gel evenly to each tooth. We use light to activate the ingredients in the whitening gel, allowing hydrogen peroxide and other active ingredients to penetrate the teeth. After about fifteen minutes, we remove the gel and repeat the process. We can repeat this process twice until you receive your desired results. Because Zoom whitening delivers quick results, it’s an excellent option for patients attending special events.
Opalescence Teeth Whitening
The Opalescence teeth whitening system offers a convenient way for patients to whiten their smiles at home. During a visit to our office, we will take dental impressions to ensure that the tray conforms to your teeth. Then, we will fit you with a comfortable, custom-made whitening tray and provide whitening gel. At home, you will evenly fill the tray with whitening gel and wear the tray while you sleep. Opalescence delivers the choice of five different concentrations of active ingredients for the whitening gel, which makes treatment ideal for patients with tooth sensitivity.
Whiten Your Smile
Do you have dull or discolored teeth? Brighten your smile with in-office or take-home teeth whitening treatment. Call Dupont Dental for a brighter smile today at (202) 946-4720. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Banks online. If you have questions about whitening treatment, please let Dr. Banks know; he will gladly assist you.