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There are some moments in life when having a bright, glittering smile is a top priority. Whether you are getting married, seeking a career boost, or simply looking to be more confident about your teeth, teeth whitening can help. However, the process of teeth whitening does not normally just happen overnight. So how far in advance should you plan? And what options are available? Let’s take a look.


Causes of Teeth Staining

In truth, there are a variety of factors that lead to discolored teeth. Aging, smoking, beverages such as coffee, tea and sodas, old fillings and excessive fluoride can all lead to a dimmed smile. Fortunately, there are a variety of options to help you look your best.


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Teeth Whitening in Washington, DC

However, if an at-home procedure is what you prefer, we also offer convenient take-home whitening treatments. If you choose this option, we will make a custom mold for your teeth. At home, you will place the whitening solution into the tray and wear the tray typically for one hour a day, for one to two weeks.


In general, you’ll want to begin your teeth whitening procedure about two months before your big event. This gives plenty of time for the results to appear and for any negative side effects to subside. As long as you maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine, your smile should still be radiant for many months, or even years, to come.


In-Office vs. Take-Home Whitening


When it comes time to whiten your smile, we proudly offer a variety of teeth whitening options. With in-office whitening, we create bleaching trays that are molded to fit your teeth and can be used each year. Another option for in-office whitening is Zoom!® Whitening, which can offer up to eight shades of whitening.



Let Us Whiten Your Smile

At University Centre Dental Associates, we are happy to assist you in reaching your tooth whitening goals before your next big event. Located in Greenbelt, MD, we have helped patients from Washington, DC, Bowie, MD, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County achieve the smiles they desire. If you are ready to take control of your mouth and have whiter teeth, do not hesitate to contact us.