Teeth Whitening

ou might love your morning cup of coffee, but it — and many other foods and beverages — could wreak havoc on your smile. The good news is that teeth whitening can erase discoloration and enhance your confidence. At Vibrant Smile Dentistry in Norfolk, Virginia, Monleudy Bracken, DDS, and the team specialize in cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening. Offering both KöR® and Opalescence® whitening systems, the practice has options for every patient. Find out what a brighter smile could do for you by calling or booking a consultation online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

 
Why are my teeth discolored?

Teeth have a hard enamel that covers dentin, a softer material that contains nerves and tooth pulp. Enamel is durable, but it’s susceptible to discoloration from both internal and external factors.

Oral hygiene and the type of food and drink you enjoy affect the coloring of teeth. Poor oral hygiene increases bacteria buildup, leading to green or orange staining. Dark-colored beverages like soda, coffee, and red wine can leave teeth with yellow or brown tones.

Certain medications can make your teeth appear greyish blue, while aging also takes a toll. As you get older, the enamel on your teeth thins and the yellow-hued dentin can make your smile appear discolored.

Why is professional teeth whitening so popular?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment to remove surface stains from your teeth. Whitening involves applying a bleach solution to teeth to restore brightness to the enamel, and it can improve the appearance of discoloration.

Professional teeth whitening remains one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures available because it’s noninvasive and has the power to transform the look of your smile.

Unlike the whitening trays, strips, and toothpastes available over the counter, professional whitening is customized for you. The Vibrant Smile Dentistry team evaluates your teeth and the type of staining you have before developing your teeth whitening plan.

The team is proud to offer a range of top whitening treatments from KöR whitening and Opalescence. In-office professional treatments utilize more powerful bleaching agents than whitening kits available at drugstores. You and your dentist discuss your target shade, so you can be confident that you end up with a smile that looks natural and bright.

Is teeth whitening a good option for my smile?

Teeth whitening is a great option for many people who are bothered by discoloration and stains. Ask about teeth whitening at your next appointment, and the Vibrant Smile Dentistry team can assess your teeth and help you determine if you could benefit from professional teeth whitening.

Most teeth whitening treatments take just one appointment. The team begins by selecting the right whitening system for your teeth. Both KöR whitening and Opalescence whitening systems have their benefits: KöR bleaching solutions are extremely powerful to deliver dramatic results, while Opalescence whitening is a flexible option offering in-office and take-home solutions.

After selecting the best option for you, the team prepares your teeth, then applies the bleaching solution. They may use heat or laser energy to enhance the stain-lifting effect, and you leave the office with noticeably whiter teeth.

Caring for your teeth after whitening treatments helps your bright smile last. Take care to follow your dentist’s guidelines, which may include avoiding staining foods and drinks for a period of time.

Get a bright, beautiful smile with professional teeth whitening at Vibrant Smile Dentistry. Call or book an appointment online to get started.

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