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Is Professional Teeth Whitening Right for You?

While tooth whitening is popular, it can cause problems for your teeth and gums. Using over the counter products such as strips, pastes, gels, trays and rinses too often or too much causes sensitivity and could harm the enamel on your teeth.


According to your Lynchburg dentist, professional teeth whitening is the only treatment to consider for whiter teeth.

Why Professional Teeth Whitening Works

Because non prescription products are not as strong people often use too much or too often for quicker results. Doing so damages the enamel on the teeth making your smile chalky or even blue. Over bleaching with over the counter products also causes sensitivity.

Unlike some dental offices in Lynchburg, the Forest Dental Center offers a variety of professional teeth whitening products. You can choose to whiten your teeth in a single dental visit, or whiten over time with custom-made whitening trays.

Stained Teeth Happen

Stained teeth happen for a variety of reasons. Age, chemicals in certain foods, soda, tea, coffee, and wine, along with tobacco use, cause tooth discoloration.

While tooth whitening works on natural teeth, it will not lighten restored teeth. If you have veneers or crowns that have discolored over the years, talk to the Forest Dental Center about cosmetic dentistry.

Professional Teeth Whitening Options

Zoom!® In Office Tooth Whitening

Zoom!® works in one dental visit using a professional gel and a laser that penetrates the enamel. You can have a brighter smile, up to ten shades, during your lunch hour.

Custom Made Teeth Whitening Trays

Custom-made trays are used over time to whiten teeth that have discolored over time. If you love your red wine, coffee, and tea, custom-made trays are perfect for touchups.

In Office and Take Home Teeth Whitening

Depending on your situation, your Lynchburg dentist may recommend a combination of Zoom!® and custom made whitening trays. This allows for touch-ups if your teeth stain easily.

Entire Professional Teeth Whitening

If you are opting for porcelain veneers or other types of cosmetic dentistry treatments your teeth will be whitened before placement to assure a naturally beautiful smile.

For more information regarding professional teeth whitening, including Zoom!®,  call and schedule an appointment with the Forest Dental Center in Lynchburg today.

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