Types of Teeth Whitening

teeth whitening before and after

Studies have shown that smiling leads to a longer life. In fact, those who smile live 35% longer than those whose tend to embrace the frown. But what if you aren’t confident in your smile? If you don’t like the way your teeth look it’s hard to show off your teeth with a big toothy smile. For those who feel their teeth need a little brightening, Dr. Tabb offers a variety of whitening procedures, as well as advice on the best option for you.

Gels and Strips

Available in stores, you’ve probably seen commercials for the variety of gels and strips out today. Strips are thin and translucent and can actually be worn while you’re running errands or even sitting at your desk.

Gels are usually placed in a tray that is then placed in your mouth for a certain amount of time.

Both gels and strips are peroxide based solutions that work at removing stains, however, prior to purchasing any gels or strips, it’s recommended that you talk with Dr. Tabb to ensure you’re selecting the best option for your needs.

If you get the green light, you can expect to see results in about a week’s time.


If you’re looking to get rid of stains, toothpastes aren’t the best option. However, they can help reduce the appearance of surface stains over a period of a few months and, most importantly, can help prevent futures stains from things like red wine or coffee.
Another great option for reducing the probability of staining, rinses can be used after you eat or drink something that is known to stain. You can expect results in about 12 weeks, which makes rinses better for those looking at prevention rather than treatment.

In Office

Perhaps the fastest and most effective solution, in office whitening is quick and customized for your needs. During in-office whitening Dr. Tabb will walk you through what’s she’s doing and help provide realistic expectations as far as results go. Some people see immediate results, while others require a few sessions before they get to the shade that works for them.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is an incredibly safe procedure, however, the most common complaint is tooth sensitivity. For those who experience this side effect, Dr. Tabb usually recommends they use a toothpaste designed for sensitivity, which changes the ionic charge in your teeth and keeps your enamel strong.

Is teeth whitening for me?

Teeth whitening is a great option for anyone who is in good health and doesn’t have any problems that might be aggravated through the whitening procedure. Discuss your health history with Dr. Tabb to ensure you find the best option for your needs.

Dr. Deborah TabbPatients at Bethesda Family Dentistry benefit from the knowledge and experience that only comes from a diverse team. From general dentistry to endodontic, periodontics, and cosmetic dental services, this Bethesda, MD clinic is ready to be the only source you need for all your oral health needs.