Professional Whitening

McLean Family Dentistry: McLean, VA / Cosmetic & Restorative: Overview / Professional Whitening

There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.

Laser Teeth Whitening

The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 60 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately. Biolase Laser whitening gets you 6-8 shades whiter in approximately 1 hour with limited to no sensitivity.

What is BIOLASE?

BIOLASE is a sophisticated and highly-advanced treatment in today’s dental industry. It involves the use of patented technology, combining focused light energy with a stream of water to provide a gentler and more precise dental experience. The distinctive technology behind the BIOLASE system enables it to cut through soft gum tissue or even hard bone tissue with minimal vibration or pressure.

BIOLASE is an attractive treatment type for many patients, and it includes such perks as:

  1. Faster healing time and less trauma to teeth and gums than many other dental procedures
  2. Minimal anesthetics
  3. Treating multiple dental needs in one visit.
  4. Being an overall more relaxing dental experience.

What Can BIOLASE Do?

BIOLASE can contour or shape your gums using, improving the appearance of your smile. It does so by safely removing excess gum tissue that may give you a “gummy” smile, or make your front teeth appear irregular in size or shape.

Additionally, BIOLASE can quickly and safely remove growths or excess tissue in your mouth. Some of these include the removal of gum tissue over an unerupted tooth, growths called fibromas, and small “tags” called papilla.

Often, procedures that fix tongue or gum issues result in a lot of mouth pain. However, through the use of BIOLASE, we can “release” connections that restrict the movement of your tongue or cause your gums to recede, with significantly reduced post-operative pain.

Along with all those treatments, BIOLASE can also help combat gum disease. Using BIOLASE, it is possible to efficiently remove debris and bacteria between your teeth and gums that can cause bleeding gums, gum recession and even loss of teeth. If your gum disease is at a moderate or high level, ask your doctor about minimally invasive periodontal treatment.

Finally, our BIOLASE iPlus laser is able to perform other procedures that could benefit you. Make sure you ask about what types of BIOLASE procedures we are currently offering!

What’s So Great About BIOLASE?

By now, you probably get the idea that BIOLASE is a multifaceted method of treatment. But what makes it so much better than other dental treatment types?

  1. Comfort. BIOLASE’s use of laser energy and a gentle spray of water allows us to perform dental procedures without the heat, vibration and pressure associated with the dental drill. It’s often possible to use less anesthetic that one would with a “regular” dental procedure, and in some cases, there is no anesthetic needed at all.
  2. Precision.A BIOLASE dentist can remove tooth decay and debris far more precisely than the drill. This saves more of the healthy parts of your tooth and avoids micro-fractures that the friction of a drill can cause.  Saving your natural teeth– as opposed to getting dentures or implants– has many health benefits; some studies have even shown that people with natural teeth live longer. With BIOLASE, the likelihood of preserving your natural teeth is higher than with traditional dentistry methods– and what’s not to love about that?
  3. Convenience. With BIOLASE, it’s less likely that you’ll need an injection, so you can get in and out of the dentist’s chair faster. Also, by not using anesthetic, dentists can perform procedures that used to require more than one visit in a single appointment. And the best part is that with BIOLASE, dentists can now perform procedures that once meant an additional trip to a specialist. This saves you even more time and eliminates the nightmare of scheduling multiple appointments in different places!

Contact us today to find out if BIOLASE Dentistry is right for you!

Zoom Whitening

Zoom whitening before after
Zoom is in-office bleaching which can get your teeth 6-8 shades whiter in approximately an hour.  Tooth discoloration can happen due to several reasons: coffee, tea, smoking, red wine, sodas, etc.  Dr.Chand will examine your teeth and gums to make sure Zoom will work for you.

The Zoom Procedure:
Zoom vertical before afterYour lips and gums are covered leaving your teeth exposed.  Zoom whitening gel is applied which works with a light that aids the bleach in penetrating stains in your teeth and breaking them up.  As your teeth are getting whiter in the chair, sit back, relax and watch your favorite tv show or movie.

After Zoom:
It is imperative that newly bleached teeth do not come in contact with foods/drink that cause staining for 48 hours.  Our rule of thumb is “If it can stain a white shirt, don’t have it”.  This means for 2 days post-Zoom you should avoid coffee, tea, wine, sodas, pasta sauce, wearing red lipstick, smoking, etc.

One of the most common side effects of any bleaching is sensitivity.  Don’t worry! This is common and usually goes away after a few days.  Dr.Chand has several simple solutions to aid in relieving any discomfort you may have.

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.