Signature Smile Tooth Whitening
Tooth Whitening Treatments in Brooklyn Heights
At Signature Smile, Dr. Tolchinsky and Dr. Trogan provide both in-office and at-home tooth whitening treatments to our Brooklyn Heights patients. Whether a patient prefers to whiten their teeth gradually over time with an at-home treatment, or needs a quick and dramatic whitening solution, Signature Smile has the solution.
Teeth can become discolored for a number of reasons: smoking, drinking coffee–even eating certain berries can dull a person’s smile. Tooth whitening solutions can fix these issues, and instill confidence in a patient.
While there are whitening tooth pastes that can alleviate these issues, our Brooklyn dentists can provide you with much more powerful and long lasting tooth whitening solutions.
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Contemplating a tooth-whitening procedure but undecided?
Here are some basic teeth whitening facts unraveled just for you:
Why are my teeth no longer white?
Simple, as time passes and you grow older, your teeth tend to lose their natural whiteness and bright shade due to various reasons:
What you eat and drink makes a difference
With regular consumption over time, beverages like coffee, tea, and drinks like red wine tend to leave their mark on the tooth surfaces. This is because these drinks contain strong color pigments known as chromogens, which cling on steadfastly to the tooth enamel.
Smoking and chewing of tobacco and derivatives can lead to stained, ugly teeth. The tar present in tobacco is naturally black in color, and thus blackens the teeth surfaces. On the other hand, the nicotine in tobacco combines with oxygen in the air, to coat the teeth with a dirty yellow layer.)
The onslaught of age
Under the enamel, which is the hard and white outer covering of our teeth, there is a softer layer known as dentin. With the passing years, and exposure to daily brushing, the hard, outer layer tends to thin away, exposing the internal, soft, yellow dentin. As a result, our teeth begin to look less white, and more of yellow.
Trauma to the mouth
Injuries to the mouth and surrounding areas may lead to change of tooth color. Basically, this happens because the teeth release more dentin, in response to such traumatic injuries.
A number of medicines and medical procedures are known to result in yellowing of the teeth color. For example, long-term use of certain blood pressure medications, antipsychotics, and antihistamines, are known to cause darkening of the tooth surfaces. Similarly, chemotherapy and radiation procedures, particularly in the head and neck regions, can lead to darker teeth. The impact of antibiotics, for example, children exposed to doxycycline and tetracycline, in their growing years or even while they are in the womb, may suffer discolored teeth later on in life.
How do teeth whitening procedures work?
Teeth-whitening is a fairly simple and straightforward process that involves application of a teeth whitening bleach – either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. By working on the stains and breaking them into smaller components, the bleaches make your teeth look less stained and brighter.
Is whitening suitable for all tooth types?
No, your dentist will examine your teeth and decide the best teeth whitening option for you. Fact is, all whiteners don’t resolve all varieties of discolorations. Depending upon whether your teeth are yellow, brown or grey, the impact of whitening procedures will vary. Moreover, whiteners ate ineffective on crowns, fillings, veneers and caps.
How do you choose a whitening procedure?
Your dentist will guide you through the options and advise you on one or more of the following four whitening options:
Stain Removing Toothpastes
Generally, all toothpastes contain mild abrasives that are programmed for removing surface-level stains from your teeth. But stain removal toothpastes that come with the ADA Seal of Acceptance are your best bet for stubborn stains and addressing discolored teeth. The additional polishing agents present in such toothpastes are far more effective and safer, when it comes to stain removal. However, keep in mind that these toothpastes can only remove stains but they cannot change the tooth color itself.
Usually known as chairside bleaching, this procedure can be completed with a single visit to the dentist’s. After applying protective measures for your gums, in the form of a protective gel or a rubber shield, the dentist proceeds to apply a bleaching agent to your teeth.
Your dentist will provide you with a kit comprising a customized tray, with the help of which, you can whiten your teeth by yourself in the comfort of your home. The dentist will give you detailed instructions on the procedure and time required for the whitening in your specific case. The home whitening procedure usually spreads over a couple of days to a few weeks.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products
There are a number of teeth whitening products under this category, available online and even at the grocery store at the street corner. These products usually contain low-concentration bleaching agents, as opposed to those employed by your dentist in the clinic. Check with your dentist, and opt for a tooth whitening product that comes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Your dentist will be happy to supply you with a list of safe do-it-at-home-yourself dental bleachers.
Do teeth whitening procedures have side effects?
Tooth sensitivity has been known to occur in some people who opt for teeth whiteners. This is because the peroxide in the bleach makes its way past the enamel and reaches the dentin layer, causing irritation to the tooth nerve. But the sensitivity usually subsides with time. You usually need to wait awhile and then repeat the procedure.
Remember that tooth enamel and even the gums can suffer damage from overuse of tooth whiteners. So, it makes sense to consult your dentist before embarking on any teeth whitening procedure.