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Teeth Whitening in Richmond, VA

While maintaining teeth that are healthy and strong is important, being happy with the aesthetics of your smile also matters. Having a smile you love will make you feel your best every day. One simple way to instantly make your smile look more radiant is to have a professional teeth whitening treatment. Here’s what you should know about how having your teeth whitened at Glen Forest Dental Co can benefit you before scheduling your next appointment. 

Overview of Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

Even with the best oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing, it’s common for teeth to become stained or discolored over time. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including age, taking certain medications, or consuming stain-causing foods, such as red wine or black coffee. The good news is that teeth whitening can effectively remove most dental stains and help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile in as little as one appointment.

While there are plenty of at-home teeth whitening options available in stores today, having your teeth whitened at the dentist is the only way to achieve superior results quickly and safely. A good candidate for a cosmetic teeth whitening treatment is someone who has discolored teeth but otherwise has good oral health. If you have oral health concerns, that does not mean you can not receive professional whitening, only that those needs need to be addressed first! If you have a treatment plan ahead of you, professional whitening can be the icing on the cake at completion of treatment when improvement in your oral health has been achieved.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

At Glen Forest Dental Co, having your teeth professionally whitened is simple and convenient. Here’s what you can expect during your cosmetic teeth whitening procedure:

  • The dentist will examine your teeth to ensure they are healthy.
  • Then, they will protect your gums with a special gel.
  • Next, they will apply the whitening product to the surface of your teeth, allow it to sit, and suction the product off to reveal your new shade! 
  • This process may be repeated a few times until the desired results are achieved. 
Cosmetic teeth whitening available at Glen Forest Dental Co. in Richmond VA

Is Professional Teeth Whitening Painful?

While it’s common to experience mild sensitivity within the first 24 hours of after treatment, undergoing a professional teeth whitening treatment shouldn’t be painful at all. In fact, most people find the process relatively relaxing! 

How Long Does In-Office Dental Whitening Take?

The length of your in-office dental whitening appointment will depend on how discolored your teeth are and how quickly they respond to the whitening product. You can expect your treatment to last anywhere between 30-60 minutes. 

How to Care for Your Teeth After Having Them Whitened

After your teeth have been professionally whitened, there are steps that you can take to protect your bright, new smile and extend the expectancy of your whitening results. These include:

  • Practicing good oral health habits, such as brushing and flossing daily
  • Limiting your consumption of stain-causing foods
  • Visiting the dentist every six months for routine exams and professional cleanings

Doing follow-up whitening treatments. Some patients choose to maintain their treatment with professional whitening gel sold at our office, some choose to do annual in-office treatments, and some choose to do both! 

Teeth Whitening Cost

You can contact your dental insurance plan to determine if professional teeth whitening treatment is one of your covered benefits. However, most insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures such as whitening. With that in mind, our office includes financing options like SunBit or CareCredit which you can learn more about on our Financing page. If you’d like to know more about out-of-pocket costs, do not hesitate to call our office and speak with one of our helpful team members! 

Professional Teeth Whitening in Richmond

If you’re living with a dull, stained, or discolored smile, the compassionate team at Glen Forest Dental is here to help. With a professional teeth whitening treatment, you can achieve the bright, white, radiant smile you’ve always wanted in less than one hour. We offer the best dental products, techniques, and services to ensure that each of our patients experiences the dental care they deserve. Contact us today to see how convenient enhancing the beauty of your smile can be with a cosmetic teeth whitening treatment!