Are you tired of discolored teeth? Do you want a whiter and brighter smile?
Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano III provides Zoom! teeth whitening in Washington, D.C. This cosmetic dentistry treatment brightens teeth quickly and effectively in our office. By lightening and improving the appearance of tooth enamel, patients can take years off of their smiles with professional in-office Zoom! teeth whitening.
Dr. Catanzano only uses professional teeth whitening treatment to ensure patients with sensitive teeth feel comfortable. He is dedicated to providing comfortable and comprehensive dental care to his patients in a friendly and relaxing environment. He also addresses any questions that patients have about the treatment process.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
There are many different reasons why your teeth may be discolored. For starters, all of our teeth discolor with age. The bright white outer layer of the teeth – the enamel- wears away with time. This exposes the off-white dentin layer that’s underneath. Genetics can come into play too. Some people are predisposed to have whiter teeth than others. This can also impact how well your teeth respond to whitening treatment.
Over our lives, we consume many things that can stain and discolor our teeth. Foods and drinks like strawberries, wine, coffee, and tea all impact the color of our teeth. If you’re a heavier coffee drinker, you’ll experience more discoloration than others. This is also true for people that smoke or use other tobacco products. The tar in these causes intense yellow and brown staining, among other oral health problems.
More severe staining comes from medication and certain health conditions, particularly those during childhood. Too much fluoride when the teeth are developing can cause problems as well.
Tooth decay and trauma change the color of the teeth in other ways. If an infection has reached the inner dental pulp in the tooth, or you have a cavity, you may have a specific spot that looks darker, or the tooth is darker overall. Some trauma can damage the blood flow to your tooth. This causes a “dead” tooth, which may appear gray or another odd color.
Benefits of Whitening Teeth Professionally
Teeth whitening is a safe procedure that doesn’t damage teeth or gums. Bleaching agents crafted with tooth sensitivity in mind are painless while providing long-lasting results. Over-the-counter tooth whitening treatment found in supermarkets and drugstores is usually ineffective enough to whiten teeth. Professional teeth whitening overseen by a dentist can lighten teeth by multiple shades.
Teeth whitening treatment brightens teeth, improves tooth health, and can help improve your smile confidence. Brightening your smile improves your teeth’ aesthetics and can also benefit your oral health. Patients receiving our treatment are often motivated to maintain their smiles by brushing, flossing, and having regular dental checkups.
Treatment with Zoom! Teeth Whitening
Look no further than Dr. Catanzano’s Washington, D.C. office for comfortable stain-removing treatment. Before treatment, Dr. Catanzano will evaluate your dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals to ensure that teeth whitening treatment is right for you. You may benefit from other cosmetic restorations if your teeth are deeply stained and don’t take to professional teeth whitening treatment. Porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and tooth bonding are all great options that can improve the appearance of teeth.
Zoom! teeth whitening utilizes bleaching gel and a laser for fast and effective results. Dr. Catanzano will clean the teeth and place a barrier between the teeth and gums to prevent gum irritation. The bleaching gel is then applied to teeth and activated with a laser. This process will be repeated several times until you receive the desired shade. Patients attending special events such as weddings, birthdays, or graduations can rest easy knowing that this option offers a whiter smile with quick, non-invasive treatment.
TOOTH WHITENING FAQS
How long does it take to see teeth whitening results?
After whitening your teeth, you should start seeing results in about a week. After two to three weeks, depending on how severely stained your teeth are, you should achieve your optimal whiteness.
Does whitening teeth weaken enamel?
Teeth enamel is a tough tissue that whitening gel will not harm it. The American Dental Association has stated that teeth whitening is safe for your teeth and their enamel. To keep your results looking great, avoid foods and drinks that can discolor your teeth.
What is the difference between teeth whitening and teeth bleaching?
A teeth whitening treatment can help restore your teeth’s natural color by removing surface stains, but it will not bleach them. Teeth-bleaching products often contain hydrogen peroxide, which is responsible for the chemical whitening of teeth.
How often can teeth be professionally whitened?
Experts advise having professional teeth whitening treatment at the dentist’s office once a year or every 18 months if the treatment lasts that long. You may touch up your whitening with at-home whitening kits in between professional whitening treatments.
How do I keep my teeth white after whitening?
After professional whitening treatment, we recommend avoiding dark substances such as coffee, tea, chocolate, etc. Patients should also avoid particularly acidic foods that may cause surface staining. We also recommend using a straw when drinking any beverage other than water to prevent it from contacting your newly whitened teeth.
How long do I have to wait to eat after teeth whitening?
In the 48 hours following professional teeth whitening, it’s best to stick to foods and drinks that won’t stain your teeth, such as water and milk. The “White Diet” refers to a short-term eating plan in which you only consume foods and drinks that are white or very light in color. This will ensure that your teeth do not become stained directly after treatment.
Request a Dental Exam and Whitening Consultation
Get the professional teeth whitening treatment you deserve with Zoom! teeth whitening. Call Foxhall Smiles for treatment in Washington, D.C. today at 202-315-2188. You may also request an appointment with Dr. Catanzano and his professional dental team.