Dr. Kathleen Mullaney • DDS • FAGD

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Teeth Whitening Services in Alexandria, VA

Teeth Whitening Services in Alexandria, VA

Teeth stains are, unfortunately, a part of life. The good news is if you’re looking for a brighter smile, we offer two fast, affordable solutions.

Dr. Kathleen Mullaney, DDS, provides teeth whitening services in Alexandria, VA. Find out how whitening works and which option is best for your lifestyle.

What Is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a quick, painless procedure that restores the natural color of your teeth. There are two main methods of professional whitening: in-office whitening and at-home tray whitening.

In-Office Whitening

Our in-office whitening uses a powerful gel that dramatically whiten your teeth and reduces stains. Because of how effective it is, you can add this service to any regular dental appointment.

Professional whitening systems use a stronger concentration of hydrogen peroxide than over-the-counter products, so it only takes one visit for a noticeably whiter smile!

Tray Whitening

If you’d prefer to whiten your teeth at home, our take-home trays might be a better option for you. Here’s how it works.

Our dentist, Dr. Mullaney, will take impressions of your teeth to create custom whitening trays. Then, you’ll receive a whitening gel to use at your convenience. Dr. Mullaney will show you how to apply the gel as well as how much to use.

The trays are usually worn for about an hour a day for two weeks. However, this depends on your needs and the type of bleaching product used. You can stop wearing the trays once you’ve reached your desired shade of whiteness.

Not sure which is right for you? Contact our Alexandria dental office today! We can help you decide which method is more suited to your needs.

What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

There are various causes of tooth discoloration, including your lifestyle, poor dental hygiene, and disease. Another common culprit is the consumption of teeth-staining substances, such as:

  • Coffee and dark tea
  • Wine
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Dark fruits like raspberries, blackberries, and cherries
  • Tobacco products


Who Is a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Almost anyone is a candidate for teeth whitening! Dr. Mullaney will tell you if you’re eligible for whitening at your initial consultation.

In most cases, professional whitening can remove stains caused by the following:

  • Age – Our teeth darken with age. This is emphasized by hereditary factors or lifestyle habits.
  • Lifestyle – As mentioned above, certain foods and drinks can result in stained or discolored teeth. That said, teeth with yellow tones tend to respond better to treatment.

Whitening isn’t recommended for patients with worn enamel, exposed roots, or gum disease. Pregnant or nursing women and those with medical conditions or diseases are also unsuited.

Cosmetic appliances, including dental implants, crowns, or porcelain veneers, will not respond to whitening treatment.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

How long teeth whitening lasts depends on the application and type of bleaching agent. Your lifestyle can also affect this timeframe. For example, whitening may be less effective if you continue to eat the same foods that stained your teeth in the first place.

Recently whitened teeth are more susceptible to discoloration, so avoid teeth-staining foods the first week after treatment. We recommend using a straw for dark-colored beverages, brushing your teeth twice a day, and seeing us for regular cleanings for the best results.

Teeth Whitening in Alexandria, VA

In addition to being more safe and effective than over-the-counter products, professional teeth whitening is performed under the supervision of our skilled dentist — which means there’s no risk of gum irritation or hypersensitivity.

To find out if teeth whitening is right for you, call 703-223-8287 or contact us today! We proudly serve patients in Old Town, VA, and the surrounding areas.

Deal of the Day

* Includes necessary X-rays, Velscope Oral Cancer Screening and periodontal examination
(New Patients Only, excludes cleaning. Not billable to insurance)

Trusted in the Community

Had my first visit to Dr. Mullaney’s office this month since the pandemic and the experience was gold standard. The safety processes and clean office environment were impeccable. Dr. Mullaney and staff were, as usual, amazing. Every step was explained, the protective garments worn by staff were the best I have experienced. It was a safe and positive visit and I recommend making an appointment!!

I am a new patient. After my first dentist appointment with Dr. Mullaney, I left feeling very informed and in control of ultimately making decisions about the care and treatment I receive. The staff is incredibly kind and knowledgeable. I love that they participate in helping veterans through The Freedom Day USA program. They are committed to providing a very clean and friendly atmosphere. In addition this practice goes out of its way to bring comfort and the latest in dentistry to all their patients.

I never thought that a person could enjoy going to the dentist until I started seeing Dr. Mullaney. Her attractive and serene office and Dr. Mullaney and her competent and friendly staff make every visit a pleasure. They have a gift for making each experience smooth and efficient, with meticulous attention to the patient’s needs and comfort. On a scale of 1 to 10 this practice is a 15!

Dr. Mullaney and her staff are absolutely wonderful. They are very professional, personable and greet you by name when you walk in the door. Dr. Mullaney is very talented and really has perfected her craft. Even with a last-minute treatment change, she is unwavering in performing the highest quality treatment available. I am extremely grateful to you all for making my visit pleasant and even fun!