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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a highly popular cosmetic dental treatment used to remove years of stains in order to whiten one’s smile. Although there are a variety of over the counter whitening treatments, only professional teeth whitening performed by a dentist can remove the most stains in the least amount of time. This is because in-office teeth whitening treatments use a stronger concentration of whitener since it is applied by a professional. Whiteners work by dissolving discolored molecules from both the enamel and dentin layers. The final result is a bright, white smile that can be about 5-10 shades lighter than before. 

before and after teeth whitening

Did You Know?

Professional teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure. Its popularity stems from the fact that whitening procedures can accomplish significant results in as little as one dental appointment. Additionally, teeth whitening is one of the most affordable cosmetic dental treatments. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

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. 

What happens during a teeth whitening procedure?

teeth whitening with light

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. 

How do I preserve my whitening results?

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. 

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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. 

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