Over the years, your teeth collect stains and experience significant wear and tear. Even if you practice good oral hygiene, your teeth may not look as shiny and bright as they used to. Michael Weiner, DDS, at Howe Dental Associates in Passaic, New Jersey, proudly offers both in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments. To see if you’re a candidate, call the office or click the online booking tool and request your appointment today.
As you get older, the outer layer of your teeth, known as enamel, chips, cracks, and flakes away. Ultimately, this allows the inner portion of your tooth, known as dentin, to peek through. Dentin is naturally yellow in color. Your smile becomes increasingly yellow as more dentin becomes visible.
Other factors can also contribute to yellow or discolored teeth. For example, if you drink beverages like coffee or red wine, or you smoke cigarettes or use chewing tobacco, you’re more likely to experience brown or dingy looking teeth.
The majority of modern teeth whitening treatments use carbamide peroxide as their main bleaching ingredient. Carbamide peroxide is a harmless byproduct of hydrogen peroxide and presents no threat to your enamel. In addition, all professional teeth whitening treatments undergo strict review by regulatory bodies such as the FDA.
At Howe Dental Associates, Dr. Weiner offers two types of teeth whitening treatment:
In-office, or chair-side whitening, is the most effective type of whitening treatment and can make your smile up to eight shades brighter. During an in-office whitening appointment, Dr. Weiner carefully applies a bleaching solution to the surface of your teeth. After letting the solution sit for about 15 minutes, Dr. Weiner points a special light at your teeth. The light triggers a chemical process that safely and effectively eradicates stains and blemishes. Just keep in mind your individual results may vary.
If you elect to participate in take-home teeth whitening, Dr. Weiner provides you with a mouth guard-like tray and a peroxide-based bleaching gel. You place the peroxide-based gel in your trays and wear them for one to two hours a day for a series of two to three weeks.
Teeth whitening treatment isn’t permanent, but there are steps you can take to keep your teeth white and shiny. Dr. Weiner recommends brushing and flossing on a daily basis, visiting the dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam, and avoiding foods and beverages that stain like pasta sauce and coffee.
Don’t let yellow or discolored teeth negatively impact your self-esteem. To learn more about teeth whitening treatment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.