Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry provides teeth whitening services in New York, NY. Call us at any of our four New York City locations to learn more and schedule your appointment.
When people feel self-conscious about their smiles, one of the most common complaints is that their teeth are stained or yellow. Often, the cause is aging—as we get older, the enamel on our teeth begins to thin, making them appear more yellow. Certain medications can also cause teeth to become discolored. Tobacco use causes stains, as does drinking red wine, coffee, or tea. Even the fluoride you were exposed to as a child can create white stains on adult teeth.
No matter the reason for your discolored teeth, whitening treatments can provide a simple and effective fix. We offer a few different options to help you smile brighter:
For the most dramatic results in the shortest amount of time, choose in-office whitening treatments. This option is best for teeth with significant discoloration and stains. The procedure starts with a protective gel or rubber shield being placed over your gums to protect the delicate soft tissue from damage. Next, a carbamide peroxide bleaching agent is applied to your teeth. A specialized light is used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. From start to finish, in-office whitening takes about an hour. It produces impressive results that can last for years with proper maintenance.
Opalescence Go! At-Home Whitening
Opalescence Go! offers patients professional whitening treatments from the comfort of their homes. The system produces better results than over-the-counter whitening kits available online and in stores, but it’s safe enough to be used at home, right out of the package. Unlike other whitening treatments available from dentists, Opalescence Go! requires no uncomfortable impressions or custom trays. Instead, your kit contains pre-filled trays that make whitening your teeth easy. Opalescence Go! at home whitening is effective and safe, with a gel that produces fantastic results without causing tooth sensitivity and irritation.
Other Options for Teeth Whitening
In addition to in-office and at-home whitening treatments, there are other cosmetic dental procedures that can create a whiter smile. Dental veneers cover discolored teeth with a thin porcelain shell. Composite bonding can also be used to cover over yellow or stained teeth. Veneers are best used when there are other aesthetic issues that need correction, while bonding is typically used when only a few teeth are discolored, as is the case when a patient has a “dead tooth” after an injury. During your appointment, we will examine your teeth, discuss your goals for treatment, and work with you to decide on the best whitening solution for your needs.
When to Whiten Your Teeth
The best time to whiten your teeth is right after you’ve had your routine six-month dental exam and cleaning. Scheduling just after this dental visit helps us ensure that your teeth are healthy enough for whitening and it also allows the whitening gel to work better because there isn’t a layer of plaque to interfere with the efficacy of the bleaching agent.
Call us today to schedule your appointment.