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7 Reasons Why You Might Need Teeth Whitening

At Reyes Dental Group one of our patients’ most common questions is how to get a brighter, whiter smile. As we start the new year, it’s a great time to invest in yourself. Dr. Larry Reyes and the dental team in Lorton love to see the boost in confidence in our patients who receive teeth whitening treatment.

Reasons Why You Might Need Teeth Whitening

There are a variety of reasons why you might see staining or discoloration on your teeth. Reasons include:

  1. Poor dental hygiene habits

  2. Smoking and other forms of tobacco use

  3. Consumption of stain-causing drinks and foods, including tea/coffee, red wine, berries and soda

  4. The natural aging process

  5. Certain illnesses or medication

  6. Fluorosis

  7. Trauma to your tooth

The Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Undergoing teeth whitening treatment can be a quick and a pain free way of feeling great for 2023. Some of the benefits of teeth whitening include:

  1. Improving Your Overall Oral Health — If you invest in your smile, you will naturally take more care of your teeth with more brushing and flossing and having regular cleanings — all leading to improved oral health.

  2. Increasing Your Confidence — With a small investment, you can reap large rewards through a big boost in your confidence. If you are less self-conscious about your teeth, doors that you thought could never be opened are suddenly available to you!

  3. Boosting Your Health — Studies have shown that smiling more can relieve stress and actually boost your immune system! Look good and feel good!

  4. Looking Your Best — If you have a special event coming up, there’s no accessory better than a pearly white smile!

What Happens During Teeth Whitening Treatment?

At Reyes Dental Group, we perform in-office teeth whitening at our Lorton dental office. We use Phillips Zoom Teeth Whitening for treating our patients and Dr. Reyes will discuss your color goal before treatment to ensure you are happy with your whitening experience. If you have any artificial teeth be sure to discuss this with Dr. Reyes before your treatment.

Philips Zoom Blue LED light-accelerated technology and gel whitens rapidly while Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP) helps deliver enamel protection, improve luster and reduce sensitivity. Noticeable whitening results (up to 8 shades whiter) can be seen in as little as 45 minutes. Results will vary depending on your teeth.


Post Teeth Whitening Treatment

In the 48 hours after your teeth whitening, your enamel will be more porous than usual which means it will soak up any stain-causing foods very easily. Therefore it’s important to stick to clear liquids and foods during that time. Afterwards, you can be more relaxed but note, the more stain-causing foods and drinks you have, the more often you will need your teeth whitened again. We also offer take-home kits so you can boost your smile from the comfort of your own home.


It’s also important to schedule regular teeth cleanings with your Lorton dentist to ensure your teeth stay whiter for longer. If you have any questions regarding teeth whitening treatment and pricing, please get in touch with our team. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice!

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