Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments because it is an easy and non-invasive way to obtain a whiter, brighter smile. By removing years of stains, teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile and brighten it by 5-10 shades in a single session. However, you can also opt for the take-home option which allows you to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.
Did You Know?
After your teeth whitening treatment, your teeth will not only be free from stains, but they will naturally remineralize and rehydrate themselves.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?
Ideal candidates for teeth whitening are individuals who want to improve the appearance of their smile by brightening the color of their teeth. In addition, ideal candidates are also free from tooth decay and gum disease. If this sounds like you, or if you are interested in finding more about whether you qualify for teeth whitening services, schedule a consultation with Dr. Randhawa of Midtown Dental Care today!
Why should I get my teeth professionally whitened?
Professional teeth whitening offers the strongest concentration of whitening agents because it is applied by a dental professional. Over the counter whiteners, on the other hand, have weaker whitening agents and won’t yield dramatic or quick results. With a professional teeth whitening procedure, your teeth will be dramatically whiter with a single treatment. You will also have a decreased chance of gum irritation because Dr. Randhawa will take special care to protect your gums during the whitening treatment.
How does teeth whitening remove stains?
Teeth whitening removes stains from two out of the three layers of your teeth. Stains that form on the outermost layer are known as extrinsic stains and are caused by poor dental hygiene, smoking, and consuming highly pigmented foods and beverages. Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, form on the middle layer of your teeth, called the dentin, and occur as a result of aging, certain medications, or excess fluoride. Teeth whitening removes both the extrinsic and intrinsic stains on your teeth to completely brighten your smile from the inside out.
What can I expect when receiving teeth whitening services at Midtown Dental Care?
When receiving teeth whitening services at Midtown Dental Care, you can expect your teeth to first be prepared. To prepare your teeth for whitening, they will first need to be professionally cleaned. Professional teeth cleanings prepare the surface of your teeth by removing any excess plaque, tartar, or bacteria in your mouth so that the whitening agent can be applied evenly. After your teeth are cleaned, your lips and gums will be covered to protect them during the whitening procedure.
Once your teeth have been cleaned and your gums have been protected, the whitening agent will be brushed onto the surface of your teeth and left to sit for about 30-60 minutes. In some cases, an activator light may also be used to help the whitening agent work more effectively. Once the designated time span has been reached, the whitening agent will be rinsed off, and your teeth will be polished.
Do I need to follow any special guidelines after having my teeth whitened?
For the first 24 hours following your whitening procedure, you will need to abstain from eating or drinking anything that can stain your teeth. This is because the whitening agent is active for up to 24 hours after its initial application. Consuming foods or beverages that can stain your teeth can interfere with your results.
Also depending on your desired results, Dr. Randhawa may prescribe whitening trays for you to use at home to continue to whiten your teeth. She will explain how to use them, how long to wear them each day, and how long to continue treatment. Following these directions will ensure that you receive the best results.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes, teeth whitening is safe because it uses either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which are similar to water in chemical composition and will eventually break down into the water and be absorbed by the body once the whitening reaction is complete.
However, hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide can irritate your gums, which is why they must be protected during whitening treatments. If gum irritation occurs, as it sometimes still can, it is usually minor and will resolve itself shortly after the whitening treatment.
Finally, temporary tooth sensitivity may occur after teeth whitening treatments. To reduce the risk of developing sensitive teeth after teeth whitening, you may want to brush with a sensitivity toothpaste for the week before and after your whitening treatment.
“Let us care for you and your smile”. For top teeth whitening services, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jaskaren Randhawa of Midtown Dental Care today! Midtown Dental Care is located in the heart of Times Square and proudly serves New York, NY and the surrounding communities.