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Teeth Whitening in Alexandria

Creating Brighter, Whiter Smiles

An attractive smile can boost your self-confidence, helping you feel your best in many social situations. Teeth can become stained for several reasons and this is often a source of frustration and embarrassment for our patients. Teeth whitening at King Centre Dental is a safe, effective, and economical way to enhance your smile.

Schedule your appointment at King Centre Dental to learn more. Call our friendly staff at (703) 854-9955.

Common Reasons for Discolored Teeth

Adult teeth can become stained over time due to a number of reasons. These include:

  • Smoking
  • The use of antibiotics as a young child or teenager
  • Eating and drinking food that is high in tannins, such as coffee, red wine, and carrots
  • Trauma or damage to blood vessels of nerves in the tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Exposure to excessive levels of fluoride
  • Age
  • Genetics of having thinner enamel that shows underlying dentin

    Do Over-the-Counter Whiteners Work?

    We highly recommend you visit a dentist for whitening treatments. Tooth-whitening products are not strong or effective enough as the professional-grade whitening offered at King Centre Dental. OTC products usually result in mediocre results that fade quickly.

    Whitening Procedures at King Centre Dental

    At our office, the whitening procedure is painless, effective, and completely safe. We’ll schedule a series of visits that will gradually whiten your teeth to your desired color. During your initial whitening consultation, your Alexandria dentist will photographer your starting tooth color to show your progress and monitor your treatment. We will also thoroughly examine your gums and teeth and take the time to get to know you to understand the root causes for the discoloration.

    Your hygienist or dentist will then clean your teeth to encourage the whitening process.

    There are two types of procedures you may undergo:

    • Vital whitening, or “bleaching”: This is the most common procedure we perform and only whitens the outside of the tooth. We apply a gel made from hydrogen peroxide directly onto the teeth and then shine a light on it to create a chemical reaction that will bleach the outer tooth. The process takes 30 to 90 minutes in 1 to 3 sessions.
    • Non-vital whitening: This process is used on teeth that are stained on the inside from nerve damage. The whitening agent is injected into the tooth itself and then covered with a temporary filling. Multiple treatment sessions may be necessary.

    Potential Risks

    Though the whitening procedure is extremely safe, some patients may find that their gums are slightly sensitive for a short period of time. In addition, there is a lack of research on the potential effects of whitening on unborn babies so pregnant mothers should refrain from undergoing tooth whitening until after they give birth.

    How Long Do the Results Last?

    Teeth whitening is not a “one and done” dental procedure and whiteness will fade based on your lifestyle factors, such as if you are a smoker or frequent coffee drinker. With these activities, staining may come back in about six weeks. However, with proper care, you may not need another treatment for six months to a year.

    Ready to learn more? Contact King Centre Dental online or call (703) 854-9955 to schedule an appointment with our Alexandria dentists.

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    Worth the While

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    Patient Information

    Going to the Dentist

    Shouldn't Be Like Pulling Teeth
    • Full-service dentistry solution

      We provide a wide variety of services and procedures to address all of your dental needs under one roof.

    • Competent and trustworthy dentists

      Dr. Clark and the team at King Centre Dental provide quality dental care to patients in the Alexandria area.

    • Treatment for patients of all ages

      We treat patients of all ages, providing anything from general dentistry to reconstruction.

    • State-of-the-art technology

      We stay up-to-date on the most effective dental procedures and use state-of-the-art technology.

    • Compassionate, patient-centered care

      We believe in taking the time to truly understand your dental needs, goals, and lifestyle.

    • Sedation for patients with dental anxiety

      In order to make our patients comfortable, we offer sedation for dental anxiety.

    • Accessible hours, including on Saturday

      Because it can be hard to find time for the dentist, we offer convenient hours to fit your busy schedule.

    • Comfortable, pampering environment

      We have created an atmosphere where everyone can feel comfortable, relaxed, and at home.

    PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

    A Good Smile is Worth the While
    • “I look forward to being a patient of his for many years.”

      Judy H.

    • “Dr. Jones was so sweet & was able to get my son to open his mouth without a fight.”

      Jes F.

    • “I would give more stars if I could!”

      K.W.

    • “Hands down, the best office staff, hygienists in the area!”

      Melanie H.

    • “Dr. Clark has restored my faith in gentle dentistry.”

      Paul R.

    • “Handled my husband's dental phobia with patience and charm.”

      Pat P.

    • “I smile all the time now just because I can! ”

      Former Patient

    • “Personable, patient and willing to help you!”

      Bianca P.

    • “Dr. made it easy this time. All that worry for nothing!”

      Frank P.

    • “They will be given all my future dental needs.”

      Laurie C.

    • “They are a wonderful addition to this community. I hope I get to work with them more!”

      Marcia E.

    • “Dentist and assistants were very knowledgeable and friendly”

      Russ C.

    • “I don't dread going to the dentist anymore.”

      Carleen A.

    • “I not only feel wonderful, I look much better based on the comments I receive daily.”

      Former Patient

    Associations

    • Academy of International Dentistry
    • Academy of General Dentistry
    • Oral Aesthetic Advocacy Group
    • ICOI
    • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
    • American Board of Oral Implantology