Exams, Cleaning, And Whitening – Dull, yellow, or stained teeth can detract from the beauty of a smile. Under the direction of Dr. Alireza Hamidzadeh, DDS, MS, Happy Smiles Dental is proud to offer teeth whitening services that are fast and effective to patients in Clarksburg/Urbana, Maryland and the surrounding areas.

Why do teeth get stains?

Teeth can become stained for many reasons:

-Some medications
-Drinking beverages with heavy coloring like coffee, tea, or red win

Other reasons for discoloration of teeth could be aging. As we age, the outer layer of the enamel grows thinner from normal wear. This causes the under a layer of a yellowish substance called dentin to show through. Sometimes, teeth whitening alone, may not achieve desired outcomes and other treatment routes such as veneers and crowns may be considered for optimal results.

What types of whitening are usually offered?

Most whitening procedures come in 2 different forms:

-In-Office Whitening – This procedure, called “chairside,” is done in the office. It can be completed in just one visit. During in-office whitening, an application of either a protective gel is applied to your gums, or a rubber shield is used to protect the oral soft tissues. A whitening agent is then put onto your teeth.
-Custom Whitening Trays – Custom take-home whitening products will come with a gel that is poured into your take-home tray or mouthguard. These trays are made to fit your teeth precisely. The usage of the gel will vary depending on the product prescribed. Some products are used twice a day for approximately 2 weeks, while others are intended only for overnight use for 1-2 weeks.

How long do the teeth whitening effects last?

Teeth whitening isn’t permanent. Usually, it can take anywhere from 6-9 months to perhaps over a year after the initial whitening. Clients who expose their teeth to foods and beverages known to cause staining might see the whiteness start to fade in as little as 1 month after treatment. Individuals who want to maintain their teeth white should take care of their teeth, eat healthy foods that don’t stain and reduce or refrain from smoking. If your teeth are cared for in the best way possible, and you follow the recommended measures set forth by Dr. Hamidzadeh, you can get the most out of teeth whitening and maintain your gorgeous smile.

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