Restore Your Bright Smile
If your teeth have become stained and yellowed due to the natural aging process, tobacco use, or the consumption of dark beverages like tea, coffee, and wine, teeth whitening can give you a bright smile again.
Teeth whitening at Pinnacle Family Dental is fast, affordable, and completely pain-free. Whether you opt for in-office treatments or take-home teeth whitening trays, Dr. Kim can help you get the cosmetic dental treatment you need to restore your smile and your self-confidence.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Professional teeth whitening products use peroxides to remove stains from your tooth enamel. Peroxide compounds contain extremely volatile oxygen molecules, and when they touch surface stains of your teeth, they break the molecular bonds that hold stains to your enamel. This results in “bleaching” of the hard enamel material, and a brighter smile.
Whiten Your Teeth in Our Ellicott City Office
If you are looking for fast results, and a smile that’s up to 5-10 shades brighter after a single appointment, in-office teeth whitening is a great choice. During your procedure, Dr. Kim will apply a highly-concentrated peroxide product directly to your teeth.
Then, a special ultraviolet (UV) light is used to boost the power and efficiency of the peroxides and speed up the bleaching process. The procedure usually only takes 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the extent of your tooth stains. A single appointment is enough to see significant results, but most patients opt for 2 appointments over several weeks, to ensure that all of their surface stains are removed.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Take-home teeth whitening is ideal if you would prefer to avoid the dentist’s chair, and would like to whiten your teeth on your own schedule, in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Kim will provide you with a set of custom-built whitening trays, and provide you with instructions for optimal results.
Take-home teeth whitening typically takes a bit longer to achieve the same results as in-office treatments. However, some patients prefer this, since a more gradual whitening process makes it less obvious that they have had their teeth whitened professionally.
The Benefits Of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening has a number of great benefits. Most notably, it makes you feel more confident in your smile. You’ll also look younger, since tooth staining and yellowing is often a sign of advanced age. In addition, whitening is incredibly affordable, and the procedure is totally non-invasive, making it perfect if you would prefer not to undergo any surgical cosmetic treatments.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
The longevity of your bright new smile mostly depends on how well you care for your teeth. With proper care, your teeth may remain bright for up to 3 years, but a lifespan of 1-2 years is more typical for most teeth whitening treatments. However, you can maintain your bright smile indefinitely with yearly touch-up appointments at Pinnacle Family Dental!
How Should I Care for My Newly-Whitened Teeth?
If you’ve just had your teeth whitened, you may be wondering how you can keep your smile bright, and ensure your teeth look their best. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your teeth white.
First, stop using tobacco. If you smoke or use oral tobacco, your teeth will become stained again in a matter of months. Using tobacco is bad for your oral health and your overall health, too. This is the perfect time to quit!
If your teeth were stained due to drinking beverages like coffee, tea, wine, or cola, you may want to consider reducing your intake of these drinks to help keep your teeth white. In addition, rinsing with water or mouthwash after drinking these beverages can help you prevent stain buildup. Another way to keep your smile bright is to use a straw when drinking these beverages. Straws prevent the liquid from contacting your teeth and can help prevent stains.
It is also important to maintain great oral hygiene. Brush twice per day and floss once per day to keep your smile healthy, and see Dr. Kim every six months for a cleaning. In addition, using a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash with peroxide can help prevent stain buildup.
Why Choose Professional Whitening Instead Of OTC Kits?
There are a few reasons that teeth whitening from a professional like Dr. Kim is a better investment, compared to using an over-the-counter (OTC) kit.
First, you’ll get better results. ADA-approved OTC kits like whitening strips are effective and safe, but take a long time to whiten your teeth, and cannot provide the same level of whitening compared to a professional treatment. When you have your teeth whitened professionally at Pinnacle Dental, Dr. Hyun Dong Kim will design a custom treatment program that will ensure you get the best results.
Professional teeth whitening is also safer. There are some dangerous OTC kits available online and in stores that have a very high level of peroxide (whitener). If these are used incorrectly, they could permanently damage your teeth and gums.
Finally, you’ll get your results faster. You can get a brighter smile in just a single appointment with in-office whitening or just 2-3 weeks with a professional take-home kit. In comparison, most OTC kits take a lot longer to deliver similar results.
If you’re in Ellicott City, Dunloggin or Autumn Hill, having your teeth whitened by Dr. Hyun Dong Kim is just a better choice. It’s safer, faster, and more effective to have your teeth whitened professionally, compared to using OTC kits.
Schedule A Consultation Now
Ready to restore your smile? Interested in learning more about teeth whitening in Ellicott City, Font Hill, and Dunloggin? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim today. At your appointment, Dr. Kim will perform a comprehensive oral exam, and help you understand all of the options you have for restoring your smile. Contact us now at (410) 461-3747 to begin, or feel free to visit our office at 9275 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 103, Ellicott City, MD 21042.