White teeth have become such a common cosmetic dental treatment that there are currently hundreds of products and procedures on the market today aimed specifically at providing consumers with pearly white smiles. However, most of us do not have perfectly white teeth naturally.
Why Do Teeth Darken?
Teeth discoloration can be caused by a variety of factors. Most commonly, tooth darkening occurs as a natural effect of aging. As we get older, the outer hard tissue covering our teeth, called enamel, wears away and exposes the darker dentin beneath it. This can cause our teeth to appear more gray or yellow rather than white.
Additional tooth staining can also be caused by certain medications. The most notable of these is tetracycline staining, which occurs during tooth development in infancy and childhood when tetracycline antibiotics become incorporated into the tooth structure itself. This causes a translucent, gray appearance to teeth.
Diet can also have a significant impact on tooth color. Colored beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda, as well as some fruits, can cause teeth to darken with repeated intake. In addition, cigarette smoking and the use of other tobacco products can cause staining and tar buildup on teeth.
If teeth discoloration is a cosmetic concern for you, don’t hesitate to discuss your options with Dr. John or Dr. Jeremi during your next visit. Professional teeth whitening treatments, porcelain veneers, and composite tooth bonding can all help you achieve the look that you desire.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform your smile, providing the makeover many patients desire for a wedding, special event- or just to restore their youthful smile.
Teeth whitening provided by Arroyo Center for Aesthetic Dentistry delivers more dramatic and comfortable results compared to over-the-counter products like whitening strips or toothpaste. In a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), when respondents were asked what they would like to improve about their smile, almost all said that they would like “whiter and brighter teeth.”
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Great place to go!Laura R.
I like going to this dentist and recommend Dr. Arroyo to people whenever I hear someone is looking for a referral. Beyond the easy scheduling and convenient appointments, the staff is just really cool. Rachel (the dental hygienist) is fun to talk to, even at 7:30 in the AM, and the cleanings feel more like a pampering mouth treatment more than anything painful (hurts so good). It's like hanging out with a girlfriend in the spa.Nora G.
When I first moved to DC from the suburbs, I'd just received an evaluation from an Arlington dentist suggesting I needed thousands of dollars of dental work. To my great surprise, Dr. Arroyo the younger looked it over, did new x-rays, and declared almost all of it to be unnecessary, saving me quite a lot of money and earning my undying loyalty. Everyone at this office is prompt, friendly and knowledgeable, and their text reminder system is great.Lydia B.
Teeth Whitening What to Expect
Washington DC cosmetic dentists Dr. John and Dr. Jeremi Arroyo offer both in office and take home teeth whitening treatments depending on your personal needs or goals.
In Office Teeth Whitening with KoR
Arroyo Center for Aesthetic Dentistry offers the KoR Whitening Deep Bleaching System, a customized teeth whitening kit that has proven highly successful, even on teeth stained by medications such as tetracycline. The KoR Teeth Whitening System offers exceptional results with little to no sensitivity and can whiten teeth up to 16 shades lighter. This product combines take home kit with an in office visit for maximum whitening results.
Dr. John or Dr. Jeremi Arroyo will take a professional mold of a patient’s teeth to create custom fit bleaching molds that are worn nightly over a period of two weeks, during which your teeth will slowly become whiter, brighter and more youthful in appearance. After this process is complete, patients come in for a final visit to complete the process. With periodic touch ups, the KoR whitening system offers permanent results.
Take Home Teeth Whitening
For patients who would prefer to gradually whiten their teeth at home, we offer the Opalescence take home teeth whitening kit.
Dr. John or Dr. Jeremi will take impressions of your teeth to create custom fit professional bleaching trays to be used at home. These trays will ensure an even distribution of the bleaching agent and minimize irritation of the gums and cheeks. Your dentist will provide instructions on when and how long to wear the bleaching trays each day, depending on the severity of stains and desired results.