Teeth Whitening in Fairfax, Virginia

Welcome to a brighter, healthier smile with our in-office teeth whitening services in Fairfax, Virginia. Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that can transform the appearance of your teeth, leaving you with dazzling, radiant teeth.

Are your teeth stained or discolored due to factors such as aging, tobacco use or consumption of coffee, tea or red wine? If so, professional teeth whitening at Metropolitan Dental Centre might be the solution for you. Whether you are preparing for a special occasion or simply want to enhance your smile, our teeth whitening can effectively lighten and brighten your smile.

Before and After Teeth Whitening in Fairfax, Virginia
Teeth Whitening in Fairfax, Virginia
Teeth Whitening Results in Fairfax, Virginia

For optimal results, Dr. Hulver will typically recommend a combination of at-home and in-office whitening treatments. Our at-home regimen involves making a set of custom whitening trays; whitening gel is placed inside the trays, which are then applied to the teeth. Trays are worn anywhere from 30 minutes, to overnight, depending on your customized plan. At-home whitening continues for 2-6 weeks, until patient’s reach their desired tooth shade. Once at-home whitening is completed, a final in-office whitening session is recommended to solidify the results, and ensure the brightest possible outcome.

During your in-office teeth whitening appointment, our dentist will carefully apply a safe and effective whitening agent to your teeth. This process is tailored to your individual needs, ensuring optimal results. You can relax in our comfortable environment while our skilled team works to rejuvenate your smile.
Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits, teeth whitening can boost your self-esteem and overall confidence. A brighter smile can leave a lasting impression, making you feel more approachable and self-assured. Our professional teeth whitening service not only enhances your appearance but also promotes good oral hygiene by motivating you to maintain your newly brightened smile.

Professional teeth whitening utilizes bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to break down stains and discoloration that accumulates on the enamel of your teeth. These bleaching agents penetrate the enamel and oxidize the pigmented molecules, effectively lightening the color of the teeth. Unlike abrasive toothpaste or whitening strips, which only remove surface stains, professional whitening targets deeper stains for more dramatic results.

Several factors can influence the outcome of professional teeth whitening treatment, including the severity of staining, the concentration of the bleaching agent and the duration of treatment. Patients with extensive staining may require multiple whitening sessions to achieve their desired results. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as smoking or regularly consuming staining foods and beverages can impact the longevity of whitening results.

Sometimes individuals experience temporary tooth sensitivity or gum irritation during or after treatment. To minimize discomfort, our team may recommend using desensitizing agents or prescribing fluoride toothpaste to strengthen the enamel and reduce sensitivity. It is essential to communicate any concerns or sensitivities with your dental provider to ensure a comfortable whitening experience.

In some cases, professional teeth whitening is combined with other cosmetic treatments to enhance your smile. For example, patients interested in addressing minor imperfections such as chips or gaps may benefit from combining whitening with dental bonding or porcelain veneers for a complete smile makeover. Our dental team can assess your individual needs and recommend a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your smile goals.

To prolong the effects of professional teeth whitening, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene and avoid habits that can lead to staining, such as smoking or excessive consumption of coffee and tea. Additionally, scheduling regular dental cleanings and touch-up whitening treatments as needed can help maintain your bright, radiant smile for years to come.

At Metropolitan Dental Centre, we are committed to staying at the forefront of dental technology and continuing education to provide our patients with the latest advancements in cosmetic dentistry. From advanced whitening techniques to innovative materials and procedures, we strive to offer comprehensive solutions that meet the evolving needs of our patients. Schedule your treatment with Dr. Caitlin Hulver today by calling us at 703-503-5031.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the professional teeth whitening process take?
The duration of the teeth whitening process can vary depending on the extent of staining and the desired level of whitening. To achieve best results, we recommend a combination of at-home and in-office treatments. At-home treatments can range from 2-6 weeks. Typically, an in-office whitening session can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half.

Is professional teeth whitening safe?
Yes, professional teeth whitening conducted by trained dental professionals is considered safe and effective.

How long do the results of professional teeth whitening last?
They can last for life! But, it does require maintenance and can depend on your oral hygiene habits. To achieve lifetime results, we recommend our patients touch up their whitening with at-home treatment as needed. For most of our patients, this is one day/night every 1-2 months. If patients need to restock their whitening gel, we always keep some on-hand in the office.

Are there any side effects associated with professional teeth whitening?
Some will experience minor and temporary tooth sensitivity or gum irritation afterward. Our team will provide recommendations to minimize discomfort and ensure a smooth recovery process.

Can I whiten my teeth if I have dental restorations such as crowns or veneers?
Professional teeth whitening is most effective on natural teeth and may not produce significant results on dental restorations such as crowns or veneers. If you have dental restorations, we can discuss alternative options to enhance the appearance of your smile during your consultation.