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Teeth Whitening in Harrisonburg

Most adults will notice their smiles have lost their youthful sparkle after a certain age -- and it makes sense when you consider all the things your teeth come in contact with on a given day. That first cup of coffee to greet the day, a mid-morning snack of berries (or chocolate), and, well, you get the picture. Fortunately, there is something to be done about dark, discolored, and/or stained teeth. Teeth whitening in Harrisonburg can provide the help you need! Keep reading to find out how it works and whether or not you are a great candidate today. (Spoiler alert -- you probably are!)


How Teeth Whitening Works

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Teeth whitening is a popular non-invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment that lifts stains and discoloration from your teeth. Our office prefers the Kor system, which uses a continuously refrigerated peroxide gel to break up stains in the teeth. The refrigeration process is helpful because, by nature, whitening gels degenerate quickly. Keeping Kor cool ensures that the gel’s molecules stay as intact as possible and only begin to break down when they contact your teeth — which means that Kor delivers maximum whitening power. A desensitizer is also part of the Kor protocol, which means that you can expect your treatment to be as comfortable as possible.

The Kor system has a few different whitening options, all of which including take-home kits that involve the use of a custom whitening tray that keeps the gel in place. You can also combine an in-office treatment with your at-home regimen to achieve ultimate results.


How Long Does It Take to Notice Results?

With the Kor system, you’ll use your whitening tray every day for at least two weeks. Because the gel’s bleaching power is so potent, you may begin to notice results within a few days or perhaps even on the very first day, with your final results becoming apparent when you finish your treatment protocol. After you finish your initial Kor treatment, your dentist will advise you on how to maintain your results so they last for many years.


Dos and Don’ts After Whitening

Coffee cupsWhat you eat and drink right after whitening will make a big difference in how bright your smile stays. Avoid black coffee, tea, sodas, and highly-pigmented foods like berries, chocolate, tomato sauce, soy sauce, and similar items that could be easily absorbed right after the whitening treatment. This susceptibility to staining is why take-home treatments are recommended to be performed at night, after you are finished eating and drinking for the day.


Are You a Good Candidate?

Woman seated and smilingMost older teens and adults with healthy teeth can benefit from teeth whitening. Patients with extreme tooth sensitivity, however, may want to consider brushing with a whitening toothpaste instead. Talk to your cosmetic dentist in Harrisonburg about whether or not teeth whitening is right for you!


Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you are interested in revealing your most attractive smile with professional teeth whitening, we can’t wait to get started! You are invited to request an appointment at Harrisonburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.