Professional teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure performed in the United States. While at-home whitening systems use low-dose bleaching agents, professional whitening takes place in a carefully monitored setting that allows for the controlled, safe and pain-free use of a higher concentration of bleaching gel, resulting in a difference that can be seen immediately.
Before beginning the bleaching procedure, your teeth will be cleaned to remove debris and plaque that have accumulated on the surface and in between the teeth. Next, the mouth will be examined for any potential problems that may be irritated by bleach. If you present any signs of gum disease, cracks or severe tooth decay, the dentist may delay the bleaching procedure until the problems have been addressed.
The dentist may also take photos of your teeth and record their color using a shade guide. This assessment will provide a benchmark for evaluating your whitening progress.
During the whitening procedure, the dentist will insert a check retractor into the mouth to expose the teeth that are revealed when you smile. The gum tissue is painted with a hardening resin or liquid rubber to protect against any effects caused by the bleaching solution.
Next, the bleaching gel is applied to the teeth before being suctioned off. The gel may be reapplied if necessary. Following the final application, the dentist will remove the cheek retractors and measure the post-treatment change in the teeth’s shades.
The professional teeth whitening procedure performed by your Centreville dentist has many advantages over at-home bleaching. Difficult organic stains or discolorations, such as those caused by tobacco use, consumption of certain foods or aging, are best removed with a professional teeth whitening. No other teeth whitening method produces faster results, and professional bleaching is the safest form of obtaining whiter, more radiant teeth.
We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and if we can be of service, please refer to our Patient Library section, or if you would like to request an appointment, please contact us by email.
Dr. Vakay is fabulous! She is the BEST dentist I have ever had.
I have always been a dental coward. When a tooth ache got very bad, I went to the Centreville Dental Wellness Center for help. This started me on a long period of processes, treatments and gentle care that has allowed me to overcome my fear and to bring my dental health back to where it is supposed to be. I can’t thank the staff at the Centreville Dental Wellness Center enough for their sensitive care.
I have been a patient at the Centreville Dental Wellness Center for approximately 15 years. I cannot offer enough praise for Dr. Vakay! She is without a doubt a top notch professional and accepts nothing but perfection in her work. She is by far the best dentist I have ever had. Thank you for your exceptional dental treatment and services!
Excellent practice. We were referred to them by a specialist that works with the Redskins . They are a class act. We recently made the switch for our kids from a pediatric dentist to Centreville Dental Wellness. Very happy we did. They are very kid friendly and did superior cleanings than the prior dentist. Highly recommend them.
This dental practice is absolutely wonderful. I have had multiple procedures and follow ups that have made me love my smile again! I have a lot of trepidation about dental work but this practice has made me enjoy the entire experience. My three year old daughter has recently become a patient as well and they were extra nurturing! Excellent practice! I travel from Arlington to continue to see them!
We were excited to open our doors on May 1 for regular patient care. We will continue to strive to provide a clean, safe and caring environment. You may notice a few differences when you arrive at our office, but they are part of the new protocol we have implemented.
IMPORTANT: rather than entering our office upon arrival, please call us first (703-815-0775) to let us know you’re here. You will be asked some screening questions over the phone, and then may enter our reception area where your temperature will be taken and hand sanitizer provided. You will then be escorted to a disinfected treatment room.
We are excited to welcome you back to our office!