Everyone’s teeth will darken over time, and Glow Dental of New York City has the solutions to bring your smile back to its formal glory. Those changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by food and beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and soda. After years of regular use, the chemical and color interactions while eating will change and stain your teeth.
Other factors may include medications, illnesses, trauma, tobacco use, or improper oral hygiene.
Although there are many cosmetic dental procedures such as whitening, veneers, and implants, teeth whitening is usually the first line of action.
Teeth whitening is the process of improving the appearance of teeth by removing surface stains. Specialized dental bleaching solutions break stains into smaller pieces, which in turn lightens the color and improves the overall appearance of teeth.
While some patients may wish to restore the natural color of their teeth, other patients may be interested in options to improve the appearance of their teeth beyond their natural color, which can also be achieved with the same treatment.
Teeth whitening is a very popular treatment. Most people agree that a bold, bright, beautiful smile might be their best asset when they interview for a new job or enjoy their memories in pictures and videos.
To prepare your teeth for whitening, they will first need to be cleaned to remove any excess plaque and tartar. This allows for an even application of the whitening agent. Once your teeth are cleaned, then your gums will be covered to protect them from the whitener. This prevents the gums from becoming irritated or sore.
The whitening agent is then applied to the surface of your teeth. In some cases, the whitener may be placed into a whitening tray before the tray is applied to your teeth. This is another way that your dentist limits the amount of contact with the gums. Once in place, the whitener will need to remain on your teeth for about 30-60 minutes. In some cases, a special activator light may be used to improve the results. The whitener will then be rinsed from the teeth after the treatment is complete.
Ideal candidates for teeth whitening are individuals who have teeth that have become discolored from foods, beverages, tobacco, or a lack of oral hygiene. Some stains caused by aging can also be improved with whitening treatments. Additionally, ideal candidates for teeth whitening are free from both tooth decay and gum disease. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for teeth whitening, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alina Huang DDS at your Midtown Manhattan dental office today.
After the whitener is removed from your teeth, the whitening process will continue for up to 24 hours. Therefore, to get the best results from your whitening treatment, it is strongly advised to temporarily avoid highly pigmented foods and beverages to prevent new stains from forming. Depending on your treatment plan, your dentist may also offer take home whitening trays with instructions to continue your treatment at home.
Teeth whitening results can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. In order to keep your teeth whiter for longer, you will want to minimize the amount of highly pigmented foods and beverages consumed in order to prevent new stains. Additionally, you will want to maintain regular brushing and flossing to reduce the amount of plaque buildup.
While mass-produced, at-home kits might be a cheaper option, consider that professional teeth whitening is a safer and more effective investment. Professional teeth whitening at Glow Dental in New York City creates more effective results in a shorter amount of time. A trained whitening specialist will administer a treatment tailored to your sensitivity level without exposing you to the highly-acidic over-the-counter options. If you’re wondering what teeth whitening treatments can improve the appearance of your smile, schedule your appointment today.