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Teeth Whitening – Annapolis, MD

Brighter Smiles & Dental Excellence

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Have years of drinking coffee and red wine taken their toll on your smile? You’re not alone. By far the most common cosmetic dentistry request is a brighter smile. If you’re one of the many people in Annapolis taking the “tissue test” or trying every over the counter teeth whitening product available, put down the whitening strips and pick up the phone. Call the skilled cosmetic dentist in Annapolis, Dr. Barry Grosshandler. He and his team offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions, including in-office and at-home teeth whitening options to help you create the brilliantly white smile of your dream.

Causes of Tooth Staining

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Before we recommend a teeth whitening plan, we will talk to you about your habits and oral healthcare history to determine the underlying causes of your tooth staining. Some common causes of dental discoloration include:

  • Consuming darkly colored foods or beverages
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Dental wear revealing the yellow dentin layers of teeth
  • Brighter white spots on teeth related to fluoride consumption called fluorosis
  • Tetracycline medication staining

In-Office Teeth Whitening

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If you want to whiten your teeth quickly, an in-office whitening plan is your best bet. In most cases, we can brighten your smile up to ten shades in just about an hour in our dental office. We begin by comparing your teeth to a color chart to determine your starting tooth shade. Then, we protect your soft tissue using rubber shields. Next, a coat of professional grade whitening gel is applied to the surfaces of your teeth. We allow the whitening agent to work for about twenty minutes before removing it and checking your progress. Most patients need at least two applications to achieve their desired result. Finally, we’ll compare your teeth to the color shade chart one more time to see how far you’ve come. Before you leave, we typically recommend placing a topical fluoride gel to strengthen enamel and limit dental sensitivity.

Take-Home Whitening

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For those patients who want to brighten smiles more gradually or who have sensitive teeth, take-home whitening may be a better option. We use custom crafted teeth whitening trays and professional-grade whitening gel to help patients achieve the same results possible with in-office whitening over the course of several weeks of short, daily applications at home. Simply place a small amount of whitening gel in your tray and snap it into place for about half an hour. You’ll start to see some results right away, but most people see their desired results after two weeks of daily application.

Maintaining Your Results

Following your initial teeth whitening, you can keep your results longer by maintaining good at-home hygiene and visiting our dental office every six months for professional teeth cleanings. You should also limit consumption of staining foods and drinks and avoid tobacco usage. You can use a custom at-home whitening kit to touch up your results once or twice a year to maintain your most brilliant smile.