We have added an extra 10 minutes between appointments for thorough cleaning and sterilization, including replacing our PPE. Patients are waiting in the parking lot upon arrival and calling before being escorting in to maintain social distancing standards for safety. We are also pre-screening all patients for COVID-19.

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How Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work?

An Overview from Perfect Smiles Dental, Danville, VA

With 2020 just around the corner, a brighter smile may be just the right gift to give yourself for the New Year. Professional teeth whitening from Perfect Smiles Dental isn’t a complicated process, but it does require expertise for best results. Our team has the knowledge and experience to complete the process in about 60 to 90 minutes for qualified patients.

Are You an Ideal Candidate for Professional Teeth Whitening?

We recommend professional teeth whitening to interested patients who have:

  • excellent oral health
  • their permanent teeth
  • stubborn or yellow-colored stains
  • no dental work on their front teeth such as fillings, crowns, or caps

If you have healthy teeth and gums, we’ll talk with you about our process.

The Standard Steps for In-Office Teeth Whitening

The team at Perfect Smiles Dental in Danville, VA, will adjust the teeth whitening process to fit each patient's individualized condition. In general, however, we follow these steps:

  • We record the current color of your teeth.
  • Our team polishes your teeth to remove surface plaque.
  • We insert gauze and retractors into your mouth to isolate your cheeks, lips, and tongue from the whitening solution.
  • We put an additional barrier along your gum line to protect it.
  • Our staff applies a whitening solution to the front of your teeth. This solution includes peroxide as the primary bleaching ingredient.
  • A curing light or laser shone on your teeth will activate the process.
  • We leave the solution on your teeth for 30 to 60 minutes.
  • If necessary, we may reapply the whitening liquid to reach the optimum whitening level (or maximum time).
  • We rinse your teeth and may apply fluoride to minimize tooth sensitivity.
  • We’ll take photos of the results to show the improvement in your smile.

Because your smile and the color and condition of the enamel on your teeth is unique, the results of in-office teeth whitening will vary, too. We’ll talk with you about what to expect for your smile and decide if further treatment makes sense.

If you have sensitive gums or a receding gum line, professional teeth whitening treatments may be too harsh for you. The whitening process doesn't work well with some tooth restorations and may not be useful if you have brown or grey stains. 

Fortunately, alternatives exist to professional bleaching that help us address most types of tooth discoloration.

Whitening Your Smile: Alternatives to Professional Bleaching

For patients with minor discoloration on their teeth, we recommend scheduling an appointment for professional cleaning, then using a whitening toothpaste between visits. You can also talk with our team about how to get a sparkling smile with over-the-counter teeth whitening kits.

If you’ve had restorative work on your front teeth and want a more brilliant smile, we’ll talk with you about whether veneers or bonding would be a solution.

  • Veneers are thin layers of material that fit onto the front surface of your teeth.
  • With bonding, we apply a small amount of resin to the surface of your teeth and seal it with light.

Remember, keeping your smile bright includes avoiding smoking or consuming large amounts of colored foods or drinks like:

  • coffee, tea, tomato juice, red wine, and dark grapes.

Are you ready to get the beautiful smile you deserve in 2020? Contact our office or call us at (434) 799-0120 to schedule your consultation.

How often should you go to the dentist?

Advice from Perfect Smiles Dental Danville, VA

Most of us know to schedule an annual physical with our doctor or an eye exam with an optometrist. But what about dental visits? Is visiting your Danville, VA dentist once each year enough, or should you go more often? The team at Perfect Smiles Dental compiled their recommendations for you and your family.

When to Schedule Dental Visits for Children

If you have children, we recommend following the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists’ guidelines. Plan a visit to your dentist after your child’s first tooth appears or by age 1. You'll learn how to care for your children's baby teeth and teach them how to brush as they get older. Your dentist will let you know how often to schedule checkups based on your child's needs. Most dentists encourage parents to schedule visits every six months to monitor your child's dental health and prevent any problems.

When to Visit a Dentist as an Adult

The frequency of visiting a dentist as an adult will reflect your dental condition, overall health, and insurance coverage. As with your children, your dentist will suggest a schedule of visits after reviewing your situation and needs. Those who are healthy with good dental practices may have a checkup once or twice annually, getting full benefits by following insurance guidelines. If, however, you are prone to tartar buildup on your teeth or struggle with cavities, we may suggest teeth cleaning and checkups more often.

Other circumstances that could require more frequent dental checks include:

  • pregnancy, since hormones can contribute to gingivitis, an inflammation of gums
  • smoking, because tobacco increases your risk of oral cancer and periodontitis, a gum disease
  • cancer treatment which has side effects like mouth infections and dryness
  • diabetes which increases your risk of fungal and gum diseases
  • heart disease, since maintaining dental health can reduce your risk of strokes or heart attacks
  • HIV because this auto-immune disease affects your ability to fight infections and tooth decay.

When to Call for Additional Dental Treatment

While regular checkups are essential for preventing dental problems and treating issues your dental team discovers, call for an appointment if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • you have any pain in a tooth or your gums that gets worse
  • you notice your gums have become inflamed (red), seem swollen, and bleed
  • you develop an abrasion or sore in your mouth that won’t heal
  • you have a tooth or teeth become sensitive to cold or hot foods and beverages
  • one of your earlier dental restorative treatments, like an implant, crown or dentures becomes troublesome
  • a filling falls out of one of your teeth
  • your mouth stays dry without relief
  • you notice a clicking noise or have pain when you move your jaw

Schedule Your Next Checkup with Perfect Smiles Dental in Danville, VA

The professionals at Perfect Smiles Dental provide more than expert dental cleanings. We also help maintain your overall health by including checks for gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. We listen to your concerns for yourself and your family and partner with you to create positive, successful outcomes for your dental health.

Contact us online or call our office at (434) 799-0120 to schedule your appointment. We’ll welcome you with warm smiles and ensure you leave our office smiling just as broadly.

About US

Dentistry With A Gentle Touch

Preventive Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

568 West Main Street Danville, VA 

 

We Accept Most Insurance plans, Note: We do not accept Medicaid / Medicare plans