Achieve a Bright, Dazzling Smile with Teeth Whitening


A blonde man wearing half-rimmed glasses smiles brightly.Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that can eliminate deep stains and help a smile look healthy and beautiful. For patient convenience, the take-home teeth whitening option is best at Dr. Neil L. Starr's Washington, D.C. office. Each treatment is customized to the patient's goals, schedule, and tooth sensitivity. Dr. Starr is a renowned prosthodontist, and teeth whitening is often performed to complement a patient's new custom crown, bridge, or veneer. To learn more about how Dr. Starr can customize a teeth whitening plan to brighten teeth and complement other treatments, contact his practice today.

What Is Teeth Whitening?

Every patient has different esthetic goals and levels of tooth sensitivity, Dr. Starr offers several teeth whitening brands to meet each patient's needs. The key component in teeth whitening systems is carbamide or hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates the porous enamel of the teeth to eliminate deep stains. Stains may develop because of coffee, tea, dark-colored foods, certain medications, tobacco, genetics, and other factors. By prescribing the right level of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide in a bleaching gel or professional grade whitening strip, Dr. Starr can help patients combat staining and achieve their desired level of tooth brightness. The whitening gels also contain special desensitizing agents to improve the patient's experience.

When Is Teeth Whitening Used?

Most patients with tooth discoloration are candidates for professional teeth whitening. While teeth whitening can be a stand-alone treatment, Dr. Starr performs teeth whitening most frequently as a complement to other cosmetic and restorative procedures. For example, patients receiving porcelain veneers or Prettau® Style Bridges may want to whiten their natural teeth as part of a treatment that enhances their overall smile. Dr. Starr offers a number of teeth whitening brands and personalizes each treatment to the needs of each patient.  In this way, patients can expect remarkable results that seamlessly blend brighter natural teeth with new restorations.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening offers results that cannot be achieved with over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments. Some of the benefits of professional teeth whitening include:

  • Brightening tooth enamel by several shades for dramatically improved smiles
  • Complementing new restorations
  • Greater confidence in one's smile, inspiring a significant boost in self-esteem

At-home Teeth Whitening Options

For convenience, teeth whitening treatments should be performed in the comfort of the patient’s home. Patients can expect immediate results that illuminate all the best features of their smiles. Take-home kits include custom trays and specially selected whitening gel or professional grade whitening strips. The patient will receive specific instructions about when to wear the trays or strips, and the proper duration. Both solutions can help patients feel proud to share their radiant new smiles with everyone they meet.

Schedule an Appointment Today

With his vast experience in providing world-class dental care, Dr. Neil Starr can create a personalized teeth whitening treatment to brighten the current state of a patient's smile, or to enhance the esthetic results of a cosmetic restorative dental treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Starr.