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By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 16, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

The best type of whitening for your smile depends on what you are hoping to accomplish. Talk with Dr. Monica Neshat at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA, to figure out what your smile goal is!

Whitening Toothpaste

This is certainly the easiest method of whitening, but will brushing alone produce your whitest smile? Probably not. Whitening toothpaste use chemicals and abrasives to remove some surface stains caused by foods, beverages, and smoking. They can also be used to maintain the appearance of your teeth after professional whitening. However, toothpaste alone cannot change the natural color of your teeth or penetrate the surface of the tooth to remove deeper stains. Whitening toothpaste usually takes several weeks to produce results. Be sure to choose a product with a seal of approval from a reputable dental association and carefully follow the instructions for use.

Whitening Strips and Gel Trays

Whitening gels can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. These peroxide-based gels are stronger than the formulas used in toothpaste.

Strips come coated with the whitening gel and work when pressed to your teeth for a specified amount of time. One difficulty here is making sure each tooth is completely covered by the strip so that even whitening takes place. Tray and gel whitening systems provide a mouthguard-like appliance that is filled with whitening gel and applied to your teeth, again for a specific period. Because one size does not fit all, stock trays can be ill-fitting and lead to problems with gums and soft tissue. You can talk to our team about a custom-fitted appliance and whether gel whitening is your best option.

Some users find gel products cause tooth and gum sensitivity and even enamel damage. These over-the-counter gel products will not work on caps, veneers, crowns, or bridges, and there might be underlying conditions in your natural teeth that will make the use of these products ineffective. Please talk to us at your next visit if you are interested in whitening at home, so we can advise you on how to achieve the best and safest outcome.

Office Treatment

Professional whitening makes use of a gel with a higher concentration of peroxide and should only be provided by a member of our team at our office. This process is generally faster, more effective, and longer-lasting. We take care first to examine your teeth for pre-existing conditions such as cavities and gum disease that could cause problems. We protect your gums when the gel is applied in-office and monitor the procedure. We can assess the whitening progress and suggest further treatment if needed. Custom mouthpieces can also be an option if you would like to use a whitening gel at home. A personally molded tray will fit your teeth perfectly and allow a more precise application of the peroxide gel.

Some teeth are not good candidates for normal whitening procedures at home or in-office. If you have dark stains caused by trauma, drugs such as tetracycline, discoloration due to root canals, or darker dental bonding, crowns, or other prosthetics, please talk to Dr. Neshat at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA. Call our office today at (703) 437-5555.

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

When your teeth are dull and stained, smiling may be the last thing you want to do. Fortunately, your Reston, VA, dentists, Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang can brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening treatment.

Advantages of professional whitening

If you'd like to whiten your smile but aren't sure if you want to visit the dentist or try a do-it-yourself (DIY) method, you'll want to consider these professional whitening benefits:

  • Professional Whitening Offers Uniform Results: It's not always easy to use whitening kits. Strips or trays may not fit your teeth exactly, leaving your teeth looking two-toned. Luckily, that won't be a problem when you choose professional whitening. The whitening gel will be carefully applied to ensure that it covers your teeth completely.
  • Whitening Only Takes About an Hour: If you don't have the time or patience to apply DIY whiteners for weeks or even months, you'll love the speed of professional whitening. The entire process takes just about 60 minutes. While you wait for the whitener to work its magic, you can relax, catch up on a little work or watch videos on your phone.
  • You'll See a Noticeable Improvement in Your Teeth: It's not always easy to see a difference in your teeth after trying an over-the-counter product. With professional whitening, the results are noticeable and often dramatic. The whitening gel your dentist uses contains a stronger formulation of hydrogen peroxide than DIY products contain. Hydrogen peroxide safely and effectively breaks apart the pigments that cause stains. Once the whitening gel is removed, you'll probably see a three- to eight-shade improvement in your teeth.
  • Office Whitening Isn't the Only Option: If you'd rather whiten your teeth at home, your dentist also offers take-home kits. Your kit includes whitening gel and trays molded to fit your teeth. You'll use the kit several times a week for two or three weeks. Take-home kits can also be used to touch up your teeth from time to time, whether they've been whitened at home or in the Reston dental office.

Revitalize your smile with teeth whitening! Call your dentists in Reston, VA, Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang at (703) 437-5555 to schedule your appointment.

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
January 21, 2019
Category: Dental Treatments

Want to whiten your teeth from your Reston, VA, dentist

Teeth WhiteningTeeth whitening procedure restores smiles and rids teeth of stains. Dental stains are usually a result of poor oral hygiene. Your dental care regimen must consist of you brushing and flossing everyday. You need to use fluoride-containing products -- toothpaste and mouthwash -- which protect teeth from decay.

Other reasons teeth darken are because of:

  • smoking
  • tobacco
  • coffee
  • aging
  • traumatic injuries
  • medications
  • fluorosis
  • natural wear and tear

There are two types of teeth-whitening procedures:

In-Office Whitening: This technique uses high-concentration bleaching gels that aren't available over the counter and offers fast results. A protective barrier is placed over gums and tooth-root surfaces to protect them from the gel, then a plastic device, a retractor, holds lips and cheeks away from bleaching gel applied on teeth. The bleaching gel consists of hydrogen peroxide and whitens teeth in about an hour.

Take-Home Whitening: This is perhaps a more convenient method for busy individuals who can't make it to the dentist's Reston office, but it will take longer, perhaps several weeks, to get results. This method involves your doctor making a custom-made mouth tray, one for the top and another for the bottom teeth. You'll fill those trays with teeth whitening gel then placed over teeth and left for an hour.

While the in-office procedure is the best, there are other teeth-whitening methods. The over-the-counter whitening system is convenient for busy people who just can't make it to their dentist's office. This option may need to be repeated several times for results.

If your teeth are pitted and badly discolored, teeth-whitening may not be as efficient. You may need to use a different dental restoration to improve the appearance of your teeth, such as:

  • crowns
  • bridges
  • dental bondings
  • tooth-colored fillings
  • porcelain veneers

If you want more information on teeth whitening in the Reston, VA, or want to make an appointment, call (703) 437-5555 today!

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
January 11, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

What makes you look older? What makes you feel less confident? The answer to both is just this: a dingy, dull smile. Your dentists in teeth whiteningReston, VA, Dr. Monica Neshat and Dr. Joy Jang, provide the solution to deeply embedded dental stains. It's called Zoom! Whitening. Supervised, safe, fast and effective, this popular cosmetic treatment brightens tooth enamel by eight shades or more. Your friends at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry have all the details.

Why do teeth stain?

Many factors play a role in dental discolorations:

  • Age
  • Some prescriptions, such as antihistamines or blood pressure medications
  • Dark foods such as curry, blackberries and soy sauce
  • Dark beverages such as colas, sports drinks, coffee and tea
  • Acidic foods such as tomato sauce and citrus fruit which soften enamel, making it more absorbent
  • Poor and inconsistent oral hygiene
  • Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco

In addition, tooth enamel is more porous than you may realize. As hard, calcified fibers make up the network we call enamel, they catch and hold food residues and other organic matter. Over time, stains result.

What's the solution?

If your teeth are free from decay and your gums free of periodontal issues, the professional staff at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry may recommend Zoom! Whitening. Using a powerful peroxide gel, Zoom! processes bleach out the deepest of dental stains--without causing any tooth or gum sensitivity.

After a careful evaluation by Dr. Neshat or Dr. Jang, your lips and gums are protected with a synthetic dam. The dentist swabs the whitening gel on all tooth surfaces and allows to penetrate. A special light activates the gel--hence, the name "Zoom!" In just 45 minutes, the last of the gel is rinsed off, revealing a dramatically brighter smile.

If you choose, you may use custom-made whitening trays to perform the procedure in the privacy of your own home. This at-home Zoom! gel is less concentrated and takes seven days of applications for best results. However, the whitened smile is just as stunning. And, whichever method you choose, your teeth stay bright indefinitely with occasional touch-ups and by avoiding staining foods, drinks and tobacco products.

Want to know more?

Contact Reston Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Reston, VA for a cosmetic consultation. Your dentist will help you decide which kind of Zoom! Whitening is best for your smile. Call (703) 437-5555.

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
September 09, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Put down the at-home whitening kit and get the results you want right here in our Reston, VA dental office.

Are you someone that’s been using that whitening toothpaste or whitening strips every day just to be disappointed that you aren’t teeth whiteningseeing the results you had hoped for? If so, then it might be time you turned to teeth whitening experts, Dr. Monica Neshat and Dr. Joy Jang in Reston, VA, to see if in-office whitening could make all the difference.

There is a reason professional in-office teeth whitening in Reston has become one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available. Unlike at-home whitening systems that only use a fraction of the active ingredients needed to break up stains and brighten smiles, our powerful and effective system can get some smiles up to 10 shades whiter (how’s that for powerful?) in often just one one-hour session.

As if the fast results weren’t enough of a reason to drop the at-home whitening kit and come into our office, here are some other advantages you’ll enjoy with professional whitening treatment:

  • Our system is one of the safest ways to bleach your teeth. While not everyone follows the exact instructions with at-home products, you don’t have to worry about that with when you turn to our cosmetic dentist. We have been trained to make sure you not only get the results you want but that we also do it safely.
  • Some people suffer from gum or tooth sensitivity during whitening treatment, which may lead people to shy away from this treatment, but we make it easier to still get that whiter smile you want while also using desensitizing products to help reduce your sensitivity.
  • You may continue to maintain your vibrant results for up to two years if you keep up with good oral hygiene, professional routine cleanings and if you avoid certain foods and drinks that can stain teeth.

From teeth whitening to dental implants, we do it all. Turn to Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for the results you want for your smile. Call us today!