Dental One Associates of Columbia
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 410, Columbia, MD 21044

2 Paths to a Whiter Smile

dca-blog_teeth-whitening-two-women-pointing

If you’re dreaming of a whiter smile, there are two ways to achieve it. You can opt for over-the-counter treatments, or visit your dentist for in-office teeth whitening procedures. Both types of whitening techniques use peroxide-based bleaches. At-home treatments contain between three and 20 percent hydrogen peroxide, while in-office systems use between 15 and 43 percent. Teeth bleaching/whitening requires a careful balance of product strength and treatment time. The longer you leave a product in contact with your teeth, the whiter they will get. However, stronger solutions require shorter treatment times to get the same results.

1.     At-Home Teeth Whitening Choices

Brush-on whitening gels and coated strips are applied directly to your teeth once or twice daily for about two weeks. Results last for up to four months.

Over-the-counter tray-based systems use a small tray shaped like a mouth guard to expose teeth directly to a peroxide bleaching gel or paste. The trays are generally left in place several hours each day for up to a month. Professional-grade tray systems are also available from your dentist.

Whitening toothpastes use mild abrasives, chemicals, and polishing agents to gradually lighten tooth stains without bleach.

2.     Professional In-Office Whitening Treatments

The fastest way to get whiter teeth is to visit your dentist for professional whitening treatments. The bleaching solutions used in professional whitening systems are much more potent than those contained in over-the-counter treatments. Some systems also use light or heat to enhance or speed results. For the most dramatic results, you will probably need several hour-long office visits, but some systems are designed to provide maximum results within a single two-hour visit.

Maintaining Your White Smile

To keep your teeth looking whiter after treatment, practice excellent oral hygiene, and avoid over-consumption of black teas, coffee, wine, berries, and carbonated sodas.

Talk to Your Dentist About Teeth Bleaching/Whitening

Teeth whitening products are not for everyone. Those with sensitive teeth may find them uncomfortable. Home kits can cause burned or bleached gums if not used correctly. If your teeth are brown, gray, or purple, bleaching may not work. Talk to your dentist in Columbia to determine which whitening options will work best for your teeth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Columbia. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Columbia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Columbia.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Deann is excellent
Cristan S.
Quick and professional
Andrew S.
Very professional
David F.
Aide was able to give a great explanation of a crown/cap and show me a model to answer all of my questions. Ended up not needed one but he did a great job calming my fears!
Luke M.
Fast, friendly service.
Joshua H.
The awesomeness of Dr. Chehab and his staff – they are gentle, courteous, friendly…they help you to have a great dental experience…. and I trust them.
Cynthia F.
The office’s care management and coordination of services. Doctors take time to thoroughly explain findings and choices for resolving issue.
Denise B.
Dr. Wright is very proffesional and was awesome I am giving him personally 5 stars for how he explains what is wrong, what needs to be done, and he is painless he did an amazing job so far have to go […]
Phillip M.
Dr. Chao and her crew were so helpful and were great about explaining all of the process to me that I felt very comfortable. They went the extra mile to make sure that I remained that way while I was […]
Kevin P.
I loved my dental hygienist. She seems to take extra care of keeping my mouth clean and wiping out from under the games even though it is slightly uncomfortable and she makes me laugh a bit.
Joshua R.
Excellent Service!
Marvin B.
My hygienist is friendly and knowledgeable.
Kellie F.
Always had great experiences there.
Brian B.
Although going to the dentist is not my favorite thing to do, Dr. Barrow makes it a lot easier. I guess I am a Dental One fan.
Mary V.
Dental One of Columbia has a fantastic staff from the doctors, assistants, and office. I have seen Dr. Khleif for a few procedures now. I was very nervous at first but he explained the process and […]
Melinda M.
We have been coming to your office since it opened and we are happy with the people and the services.
Theresa M.
Everything was well explained and the visit went as well as it could have.
Kevin P.
Professional and caring staff; I have been coming to the practice for over 20 years.
Ronald F.
Dr Khleif, Pat and staff are very professional and very friendly. Explains procedures so that you are able to understand and make adequate decisions.
Yasmin H.
I have been with Dr. Pahk and Maxine since 2015. Although I haven’t visit in some time, everything from waiting in the room to being seen was exactly how I want to be treated. Both Pahk and […]
Liann C.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (410) 346-2350
Our Location