Teeth Whitening Specialist

Family Dental Wellness Center

Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Elkridge, MD

When it comes to improving the appearance of your smile, few treatments are as simple and effective as teeth whitening. Samia Azhar, DDS, and her team at Family Dental Wellness Center in Elkridge, Maryland, offer noticeable, professional results with both in-office and take-home teeth whitening services. If you’re ready to brighten your smile, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is in-office whitening?

Removing unsightly stains and discoloration restores a healthy appearance to your smile. Although many products claim to whiten teeth, professional teeth whitening offers the most effective, natural-appearing results. Dr. Azhar uses in-office teeth whitening to help men and women brighten their smile in as little time as possible. 

During the in-office treatment, your gums and surfaces of your tooth roots are covered with a protective barrier. After using a plastic device called a retractor to pull your lips and cheeks away from your teeth, Dr. Azhar applies a powerful professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel. 

The whitening gel is left to sit for about an hour as it lifts stains and discoloration from your teeth. One of the biggest benefits of in-office whitening is that it produces noticeably brighter teeth in just one visit.  


What is take-home whitening?

Take-home whitening is another effective option for whitening your teeth. Take-home teeth whitening consists of a powerful professional-strength whitening gel and custom-made plastic mouth trays that keep the whitening gel in place. The flexible mouth trays are constructed from impressions of your teeth. The trays are designed for comfort and to ensure maximum contact between your teeth and the whitening gel. Take-home treatments typically last about an hour and provide natural-looking results in just a few weeks. 


Is teeth whitening safe?

Both in-office and take-home whitening are performed with a professional hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. This whitening gel safely removes discoloration without causing damage to the structure or the enamel of your teeth. Although some people experience sensitivity during teeth-whitening treatments, it is typically minor and short-lived. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to improve the overall appearance of your smile. 


How do I maintain my results?

Depending on how well you care for your teeth, your whitening results can last two years or longer. In addition to maintaining proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing every day, you should also keep up with your regular dental cleanings. Avoiding staining foods like red wine, coffee, and tea can also help preserve your bright smile. 

To find out which whitening treatment is right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.