Teeth Whitening

Stained and yellowed teeth can cause feelings of embarrassment and make you want to hide your smile.

Teeth whitening at Fairfax Family Dental can safely whiten your smile in just one treatment.

Learn how our dentists in Fairfax, VA, can whiten your teeth quickly so you can achieve a dazzling smile in time for an important event.

Offering In-Office and At-Home Options Choose What’s Best for You

Our Fairfax, VA, dental office offers both in-office treatment and at-home whitening kits, so patients can choose the option that best fits their needs and schedule. 
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In-Office Whitening

We offer BriteSmile® and REMBRANDT® teeth whitening systems to give our patients stunning results in just one appointment.

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At-Home Whitening

Our bleaching trays are customized to your teeth; simply wear your trays for 30 minutes daily for two weeks to achieve a whiter, brighter smile.

Let Us Help You Achieve a Brilliant Smile Contact Our Fairfax Dental Practice Today

We understand that tooth discoloration or a yellowed smile can cause feelings of embarrassment; however, even with flawless oral hygiene, stains and discoloration can develop over time. When you visit our dental practice for teeth whitening, you can rest assured that we will not judge. Healthy and beautiful smiles are important to us, and we want patients to feel comfortable and confident when proceeding with treatment.

Our dentists, Charles D. Kirksey, Milan Simanek, and Touraj Kamali, practice conservative dentistry and will never push treatment on you if they don't think it will help you achieve your goals. Contact us or call our Fairfax, VA, dental practice so we can determine if professional whitening is right for you. 

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Hanna Rozell

Fairfax, VA


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Fairfax, VA


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Free Consultations For New Patients


Are you a new patient to our Fairfax practice? You may be eligible for a free consultation to explore your eligibility for carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide-based teeth whitening. That means it could be completely free to see if cosmetic dental work is right for you.

Start Your Journey to a Whiter Smile With Our Treatment Options

Off-the-shelf products and DIY hydrogen peroxide mixtures pale in comparison to what our dentists can do for you. Whether you prefer to have our dentists whiten your teeth at our office or an at-home kit better suits your busy schedule, we can help you achieve results you won’t stop smiling about.

For more information about what you can expect from in-office treatment or at-home kits, get in touch with our friendly dental staff in Fairfax, VA, today or call us at

 (703) 385-0303

Making a Difference For Patients With Dental Anxiety

"I have severe dental anxiety, and this place has helped me so much. I have never had an issue here and it’s the only place where I have felt calm and at peace with getting cleanings and anything else I need." Giselle Bowers

Financing and Insurance Explore Your Options

Because teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic procedure, dental insurance won't cover it; however, we accept CareCredit® financing which helps patients pay for treatment in affordable monthly installments.

How Does In-Office Treatment Work?

We customize every cosmetic treatment to our patients' exact needs and smiles. The general timeline you can expect for dentist-directed whitening will likely go something like this:
While the professional bleaching solution is powerful, your dentist will adjust the concentration to meet your unique needs and safely whiten your smile.
While the professional bleaching solution is powerful, your dentist will adjust the concentration to meet your unique needs and safely whiten your smile.


During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth and ask you questions about your medical and dental histories to determine if you are a good candidate for in-office teeth whitening.

Protect the Gums

Your dentist will begin treatment by covering your gums and lips with a protective barrier to keep them from coming into contact with the whitening solution. This can help prevent irritation and sensitivity.

Apply Whitening Gel

Next, a whitening gel will be applied to your teeth and a special light will be used to activate the whitening solution.


The bleaching solution will be left on your teeth in 15-minute increments. Every 15 minutes, your dentist will remove the solution to check the shade of your enamel and apply more whitening gel if you want even whiter teeth. This may happen several times.

Final Results

Once you've reached your desired shade, your dentist will remove the bleaching solution from each tooth and your treatment will be complete.

How to Extend the Dazzling Results of Professional Teeth Whitening

Minimize Foods and Drink That Stain

Coffee, tea, and red wine can stain your teeth. Certain foods can as well, including tomato-based sauces, soy sauce, and berries. In general, it’s best to limit acidic and dark foods. Consider drinking staining beverages through a straw whenever possible.

Quit All Forms of Tobacco

Both chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes can diminish the incredible results of professional teeth whitening as a result of their staining properties. Tobacco can also damage enamel and increase your risk of cavities.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Proper oral care maintains not only your teeth but contributes to your overall health. Brush your twice for at least two minutes twice a day with whitening toothpaste and make sure to floss at least once daily. You should also use antibacterial mouthwash once per day.

Schedule Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

Visit your dentist twice a year to help maintain a healthy, radiant smile. They will clean your teeth thoroughly and be on the lookout for cavities, signs of gingivitis, and plaque buildup.

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Fairfax, VA


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The whole place is wonderful and the people so kind and patient with you too and they get you in on time...it's got to be one of the best dentists in the world.

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Understanding the Different Types of Dental Stains

Extrinsic Stains

This kind of discoloration occurs when the outer layer of the tooth — the enamel — is stained by lifestyle and diet choices, such as smoking cigarettes and consuming staining foods.

Intrinsic Stains

These occur when dentin inside the tooth darkens or yellows as a result of medications, injury to a tooth, decay, and excessive fluoride. This staining is considerably harder to remove.

Age-Related Stains

These types of stains are a combination of extrinsic and intrinsic causes. As you age, your enamel becomes thinner, letting the yellowed dentin underneath become more visible.

Candidacy for Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is safe and effective for nearly every patient; that’s what helps make this solution so popular. That being said, there are several factors your dentist will consider when you visit us for a consultation. Here’s what distinguishes the ideal candidate for teeth whitening:

Good Oral Health

Patients must be in good oral health and free from gum disease and tooth decay before receiving teeth whitening or other cosmetic treatments.

Type of Stain

Though we can usually lift surface-level stains, deep stains or damaged enamel may not respond to teeth whitening. Your dentist will help you determine if an alternative treatment may be a better option for you.

Good Overall Health

Patients who have UV sensitivity, are taking drugs that make them sensitive to light, or are undergoing photo-chemotherapy should discuss teeth whitening with their dentist and primary care doctor before undergoing whitening treatments.

What If I'm Not Eligible

For Teeth Whitening?

Don't stress — we may still be able to help. If your smile isn't healthy enough for teeth whitening, our dentists offer a variety of treatments to improve your oral health, like root canal therapy and fillings. We even offer emergency dentistry for pressing needs.

For patients with intrinsic stains or more extensive cosmetic concerns, we have several trusted cosmetic dentistry solutions to address your specific smile. We can conceal deep-set discoloration with veneerscrowns, and bonding.

The only way to learn which treatment is best for you is by meeting our dentists. When you visit us for a consultation, we will assess the nature of your stains and recommend the treatment option that works best for you.

Alternatives to Teeth Whitening

Deep dental stains and discoloration may not respond to professional tooth whitening, let alone store-bought kits containing carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Fortunately, our Fairfax cosmetic dentistry practice offers alternatives to teeth whitening so you can achieve whiter teeth and enhance the appearance of your smile.
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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers conceal deep stains and other dental flaws to give your smile a whiter, more symmetrical appearance.

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Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can quickly cover stained teeth and address minor chips, cracks, and gaps for a brighter, healthier-looking smile.

Teeth Whitening Questions and Answers

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes. Your dentist will adjust your bleaching solution to safely whiten your teeth and minimize sensitivity. While our professional bleaching solution is powerful, your dentist will ensure your enamel and gums don't come into contact with it.

I have sensitive teeth. Can I still undergo whitening at your dental practice?

Yes. Even patients with tooth sensitivity can achieve whiter teeth. Your dentist will customize your whitening treatment and monitor you throughout your procedure to minimize tooth sensitivity and discomfort. 

Can tooth whitening be used with other cosmetic treatments?

Yes. Patients who undergo cosmetic or even restorative dentistry treatments often receive professional teeth whitening to further enhance the appearance of their teeth. It can also be used as a part of a more comprehensive smile makeover.

How long will the results from teeth whitening last?

With proper care, you can maintain a brightened smile for about six months. Practice good oral hygiene and minimize your intake of foods and drinks that may stain your teeth to prolong your results for up to three years.

Is hydrogen peroxide safe for tooth whitening?

Hydrogen peroxide in the brown bottle may kill off some periodontal bacteria, but it won't effectively whiten your teeth and can damage your gums, tooth enamel, and your overall health if used incorrectly. It's best to skip the hydrogen peroxide altogether and rely on your dentist to whiten your teeth and recommend safe products, such as whitening toothpaste, to maintain results.

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Fairfax, VA


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Fairfax Family Dental Care

Our team of compassionate dental professionals uses state-of-the-art technology for every procedure we offer. As the premier emergency dentists in Fairfax, we are here to offer relief at any time of day or night, seven days a week. Our dentists are affiliated with professional associations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • The American Orthodontic Society
  • Virginia Dental Association

To schedule an appointment or receive immediate dental care, call: (703) 385-0303 or contact us online.

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