BriteSmile Teeth Whitening: Benefits and Procedure in Arlington, VA

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  • By Courthouse Art of Dentistry
  • June 18, 2019

    When you meet or speak to someone, one of the first things that you will notice is their teeth and smile. We are naturally inclined to think that people who have bright, white teeth are healthier, happier, more successful and more attractive than their counterparts with stained and discolored teeth. So much so in fact, that as many as 80% of Americans would turn down a date with someone who had unattractive teeth.


    Over the last two decades, the number of patients seeking teeth whitening procedures has soared and it is now the most commonly sought after elective dental treatment in the world. While there are many different products and systems that claim to be able to improve the color of your teeth, there is one that is irrefutably successful while also being kind to your smile. It is known as BriteSmile® teeth whitening.


    BriteSmile® teeth whitening is a very popular teeth whitening system that is performed by qualified and trained professionals in their offices. As a form of in-office teeth whitening, patients can reap a variety of benefits that are associated with both a professionally-performed service and the BriteSmile® system itself.

    Benefits of BriteSmile® and professional in-office teeth whitening

    Some of the key advantages of choosing BriteSmile® professional in-office teeth whitening include the following:


    A safe but effective active ingredient

    The active ingredient in BriteSmile® is hydrogen peroxide. However, unlike some other whitening treatments, BriteSmile® only uses a 15% whitening gel rather than a 25% gel. This gives it the gentleness for which it is known and reduces the risk and severity of common side effects experienced such as tooth sensitivity. The gels are also PH balanced, compatible with tooth enamel and contain glycerine and water to help prevent tooth dehydration.


    Professional application

    If whitening gels come into contact with gum tissue, they can cause irritation and soreness. When you choose professional in-office whitening, your cosmetic dentist will ensure that your gums are adequately protected so that this problem does not occur. With clear sight and access to your teeth, your professional can also ensure that the application of the gel to your teeth is consistent, leading to a better overall result.


    Fast results

    One of the biggest problems with at-home whitening solutions is the time it takes to see any visible results. Continual use of the product is needed, often for many weeks or months before significant improvement can be seen. Ideal for patients who want to see a smile transformation in a hurry, BriteSmile® has been clinically proven to whiten your teeth up to fourteen shades in a one-hour treatment session!

    What you can expect to happen at your BriteSmile® procedure

    A BriteSmile® procedure is very simple and straightforward, and you can expect to be in your dentist’s chair for less than 90 minutes from start to finish. Before beginning the actual whitening process, you will first need to have your teeth professional cleaned. This will help to ensure consistency during the application of the whitening gel, meaning there are no areas that will not be affected.


    After cleaning your teeth, your dentist will apply a gum shield to your mouth, as well as using a small, painless device to hold your lips away from your teeth. The BriteSmile® whitening gel can then be applied to your teeth. Once they are properly coat, the BriteSmile® blue light will be positioned over the teeth and illuminated. This triggers the activation of the whitening process which removes stains and discoloration from your teeth. This takes approximately 20 minutes, during which time you can relax and listen to music, read or watch television.


    After 20 minutes, the gels are removed, and your teeth rinsed, and the process begins again. In total there are three, 20-minute sessions before your treatment are concluded. You can go home shortly after, ready to share your new, whiter smile with the world!



    If you would like to learn more about BriteSmile® teeth whitening, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced cosmetic dentistry team who will be delighted to offer their advice and support.