Posts for tag: Teeth Whitening

By Dr. Mary Gregory
September 05, 2017

You'd like a whiter, brighter smile, wouldn't you? Sure, who wouldn't? Over time, tooth enamel retains organic materials from darkly teeth whiteningpigmented foods and beverages, tobacco and even prescription medications. Get back your dazzling, youthful smile with teeth whitening from your Arlington, VA dentist, Dr. Mary Gregory. Safe, effective and professional supervised, teeth whitening at the office or in the privacy of your own home will give your smile the cosmetic lift it needs and you, the boost in self-image you deserve.

The story behind dental discoloration

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that the one thing Americans would change about their smiles before anything else is tooth color. Older teens and adults alike often despair at how dingy their teeth look when compared with celebrities they see on TV or online. Frankly, though, few people retain a bright smile appearance as the years advance.

Why do teeth change color? The problem centers around the porous nature of tooth enamel. While the outer layer of your teeth is hard, it is also composed of a network of enamel strands, very like the threads in a piece of fabric. So, spaces in that network catch and hold whatever you put in your mouth. Common stainers are cigarette smoke, coffee, tea, cola, sports drinks, soy sauce, curry, and berries. Acidic foods such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits, while nutritious, actually soften tooth enamel, allowing stains to deeply penetrate its surface.

Teeth whitening in Arlington

While many over the counter whitening toothpastes, strips and rinses are fine as far as they go, only your dentist can produce excellent whitening results. Dr. Mary Gregory recommends professional teeth whitening to patients who have healthy gums and teeth, and she guarantees a pleasant, comfortable experience at her Arlington dental practice.

Here's how the process works. As a qualified whitening patient, you may choose from in-office or at-home whitening. Both employ a highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel which oxidizes stains, lifting them right out of tooth enamel.

In the office, gel is swabbed on the teeth and allowed to penetrate. After about an hour, the gel is rinsed off, leaving teeth up to eight shades brighter. At home, the patient uses custom-made acrylic trays to apply a less concentrated gel each day for a prescribed length of time. After a week or so of applications, the whitening results are similar to in-office treatments.

With good oral hygiene, occasional touch-ups and professional cleanings every six months with Dr. Gregory, teeth remain white up to five years. When combined with other cosmetic dental services, such as composite resin bonding or tooth-colored fillings, whitening completes smile makeovers for a totally new look that patients just love.

Are you ready for a white smile?

Achieve it with professional teeth whitening at Mary Gregory D.D.S. Family Dentistry. Contact the office today for a convenient appointment and outstanding patient care. Phone (703) 527-6495.

By Dr. Mary Gregory
January 19, 2017

Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by your dentist are are a highly effective way to brighten your smile. Over time, teeth canteeth whitening become stained, discolored and dull due to certain foods and beverages, medications, smoking and even aging. With a professionally whitened smile, you’ll always be ready to say “Cheese!” Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist are safe and effective with results lasting for up to five years. In Arlington, VA, teeth whitening is available from the dental office of Dr. Mary Gregory.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Many people choose to use over-the-counter whitening products to brighten up their teeth. Products such as whitening toothpastes, strips, gels and rinses can all be purchased at your local grocery or drugstore. While these products are convenient, they just aren’t as effective as professional teeth whitening treatments from your dentist. The ingredients in professional treatments are of higher quality and can achieve significantly whiter teeth in much less time than over-the-counter products. The results of professional whitening last much longer, as well.

In Arlington, teeth whitening can be effective for adults whose teeth have become discolored, dull or stained. Anyone interested in professional teeth whitening treatments should already have healthy teeth and gums as the bleaching agents in whitening treatments can be harsh. If your gums are infected, whitening treatments can irritate them with extended contact. This is a primary reason to have teeth whitening professionally done versus doing it yourself at home. Your dentist will take precautions to protect the gums during the whitening procedure.

Having your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist is a great way to brighten and refresh your smile and you’ll never be afraid to say cheese. Professional whitening treatments are available at the dental office of Dr. Gregory, your Arlington, VA, teeth whitening dentist. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (703) 527-6495.

By Dr. Mary Gregory
July 13, 2016

Do you feel like your dull, yellowed or stained teeth are causing you to feel self-conscious? If so, you can overhaul your smile with one of teeth whiteningthe fastest and most effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available, a professional teeth whitening session. Learn more about what teeth whitening can do for you with help from your Arlington, VA dentist, Dr. Mary Gregory.

How does teeth whitening work? 
Teeth stain on two levels: the outer enamel layer of the tooth (extrinsic) and the inner dentin layer of the tooth (intrinsic). Extrinsic stains come from outside elements like drinking coffee, tea or soda. Intrinsic staining comes from things like trauma to the tooth, using certain medications or too much fluoride. Additionally, teeth may appear more yellow in color due to the outer enamel wearing thin from everyday use and allowing the yellow-colored dentin found underneath to show through. Teeth whitening treatments use chemical reactions between the stains on your teeth and the chemicals which make up the whitening agents. These chemical reactions break the bonds which hold the stain’s molecules together, dissipating them to give the tooth a whiter appearance.

Teeth Whitening in Arlington
Professional teeth whitening sessions begin with sectioning off the teeth from the soft oral tissues using a dental dam to decrease the chance of irritation from the whitening agents. Your dentist places the whitening gel onto the teeth and directs a special light at the mouth. Most sessions last around an hour. Results are immediate and dramatic, with teeth lightening up to ten shades in a single session. Most patients schedule touch-up sessions every six months to keep their teeth bright and white.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Kits 
At-home whitening kits are widely available over-the-counter from a variety of stores or online websites. However, professional whitening sessions are monitored by Dr. Gregory, allowing the chemicals used to be stronger and more effective in a shorter amount of time. Most at-home kits only produce results after several weeks of continued use. Additionally, in-office whitening sessions decrease the risk of irritation and are generally more effective than at-home kits.

To find out more about professional teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Gregory in Arlington, VA. Call (703) 527-6495 to schedule your appointment for a professional teeth whitening session.

By Mary Gregory, D.D.S
December 18, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

From biting to chewing and withstanding cold to hot temperatures, your teeth withstand some pretty powerful forces and varying conditions. So with all that strength, it’s easy to be surprised they are subject to decay and staining. However, tooth discoloration is a common dental concern for many of our Arlington teeth whitening patients. Because bright white teeth are a standard of beauty in our culture, many patients wish to avoid tooth-staining behaviors. Below are some common reasons teeth may stain.Teeth Whitening

Aging: As you age, the protective enamel or outer covering of your teeth starts to thin. This reveals the tooth layers underneath that are yellow in color. Teeth also naturally stain and discolor over time without other interventions.

Drinking/Eating Certain Foods: Highly colored and dark foods and drinks can stain the teeth. Examples include coffee, red wine, cherries, blueberries, colas and tea.

Poor Dental Hygiene: Bacteria that cause tooth decay can cause teeth staining that makes green, black, gray or yellow discolorations appear on the teeth. These stains are especially problematic because teeth whitening cannot reverse them.

Taking Certain Medications: Medications taken before a child’s adult teeth develop can cause intrinsic stains. These stains occur on the inner portion of the teeth, known as the dentin and can show through the tooth enamel. Examples of medications that cause intrinsic stains include tetracycline and doxycycline antibiotics. Other medications that can alter the teeth’s color include antihistamines, antidepressants and high blood pressure medications.

Tobacco Use: Smoking cigarettes or using chewing tobacco can stain and discolor your teeth.

Trauma: A history of tooth injury and dental repairs can cause the teeth to appear discolored or stained. This includes chips or cracks.

Dr. Gregory offers professional teeth whitening that can reverse some, but not all, causes of teeth staining and discoloration. If you have a question if professional teeth whitening could work for you, make a consultation appointment at our Arlington teeth whitening office by calling (703) 527-6495.

By MARY E. GREGORY, D.D.S. FAMILY DENTISTRY
November 13, 2014
Tags: Teeth Whitening   Veneers  

At our Arlington dental office, Dr. Gregory offers different options for you to get the beautiful, sparkly smile that you deserve. Cosmetic dentistry has proven to be an important aspect to the dental profession in helping to make your mouth gorgeous.

Four Ways to Improve the Appearance of Your Teeth 

As well as giving you a shiny smile, cosmetic dentistry is also used to repair a defective mouth such as an overbite or crooked teeth, chipped teeth or missing teeth. At our office, we enlist the help of four common cosmetic dental procedures:

  • Whitening - One of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry. It is a simple and effective technique to obtain a whiter smile that has been affected by daily habits, such as drinking coffee and tea.
  • Bonding - Tooth colored composite is placed to “fill in the blanks.” It’s a great choice if you are worried about a minor gap located between the front teeth. 
  • Contouring - The process of shaping your natural teeth to improve their appearance.
  • Veneers Tooth-colored custom shells are custom created and bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. Veneers can be used to whiten teeth, close spaces, straighten teeth, or repair chipped or worn teeth.

While these options are the most popular, there are many other procedures that can be done to perfect your smile. 

You deserve a dazzling smile. We can change your smile for the better that will make you feel more confident. Having a dentist that you can trust to be friendly and personal is what we strive for. Call Dr. Gregory today to discuss your cosmetic dental inquiry.Coming soon.



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Mary E. Gregory, D.D.S. - Family & Children's Dentistry

703-527-6495
4500 Old Dominion Dr Arlington, VA 22207-3312