Teeth whitening can be a quick, economical way to whiten teeth and boost your confidence. Dr. Sahil Goyal can whiten and brighten your smile with safe, professional treatment at the Frederick Center for Dentistry. We offer in-office and take-home tailored to your aesthetic needs and dental health condition.
Dr. Goyal will take the time to discuss your goals and evaluate the condition of your smile to determine if this cosmetic dental treatment is the best solution for your needs. Request a dental exam with us online or call 301.264.5680.
Causes of Discolored Teeth
Teeth may become yellowed, stained, or discolored as a result of:
- Tobacco use
- Enamel-staining foods and drink
Even if you have you have impeccable oral hygiene, you are at risk of developing discolored teeth. Tooth enamel wears over time, exposing a layer of darker dentin underneath. Teeth whitening treatment might not be best for patients with hypersensitive teeth and gums, deep tooth stains, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or other cosmetic restorations.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Zoom Teeth Whitening: This non-invasive and safe treatment can whiten teeth up to 8 shades in as little as one hour. Dr. Goyal will apply a special whitening gel to the teeth. Then, a special light is applied to the teeth activating the whitening agent.
Zoom Pen: Zoom pens contain a whitening gel that is directly applied to teeth. Dr. Goyal will apply a thin layer of gel directly onto the front surfaces of the teeth.
Laser Whitening: Laser teeth whitening is a safe and effective whitening treatment. This method breaks down stains on the tooth enamel using heat.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Many patients prefer the convenience of professional at-home teeth whitening kits. We will create custom bleaching trays that will fit perfectly against your teeth and gums for minimal sensitivity. At-home teeth whitening trays are typically worn overnight. This treatment is also great for touch-ups and patients who want to maintain their Zoom or laser teeth whitening results.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Are in-office teeth whitening treatments painful?
No, we will ensure that the gums and enamel are protected. Dr. Goyal also uses a gel that is beneficial for patients with gum and tooth sensitivity. Some patients report temporary sensitivity to hot and cold foods, but this symptom goes away in a couple of days.
Will bleaching gel whiten my dental veneers or crowns?
No, a whitening gel is not effective on these restorations. However, if you are interested in whitening your teeth with veneers, crowns, or other cosmetic treatments, we can help you.
Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?
Most patients over the age of 14 are considered candidates for teeth whitening as long as there are no other dental problems that could impact results. We recommend that you begin with a clean, healthy foundation for the best outcome. Existing concerns such as decay and gum disease could result in sensitivity or damage to tissues.
Is tooth whitening covered by dental insurance?
Tooth whitening is considered an elective cosmetic treatment and is not covered by dental health benefits. We will provide all treatment cost information for your consideration before your treatment and offer convenient payment options.