All About Whitening Teeth: 3 Whitening Procedures Explained

As Michael looked in the mirror the words replayed in his mind from the day before. As a 6th grader in middle school, he couldn’t walk down the halls without being relentlessly bullied for his brown stained teeth, a side effect of tetracycline he wished would go away.

For millions of people, bleaching or whitening their teeth is a common procedure. Unfortunately, not all teeth whitening in New Jersey is the same. Teeth stained with a yellow color are easier to remove than gray, brown or bluish stains. Most people start off with a tooth whitening toothpaste, but quickly seek other options when they don’t get the results they had hoped for.

For people with little or no dental problems, brightening a smile with a little cosmetic help can have spectacular results.  Something to keep in mind is that fillings, porcelain and old restorations do not whiten.

Three types of bleaching procedures

In-Office: If you come into the office we can perform a power bleaching technique by using technology and materials exclusive to a New Jersey teeth whitening dental office. With power bleaching you will see immediate results. In the office we can use an activating light or laser to attain results. We also make sure to protect the gum tissue. This type is not only the most effective but the safest route.

Whitening Trays: You can have dental trays that are custom made to fit your teeth and you put the solution in the tray and wear them for short periods during the day or over-night. These cost somewhat less but some people find it to be too time consuming or inconvenient.

Over the Counter: Some over the counter products like tooth whitening strips can work for minimally stained teeth.  Many of these products, however, have not been approved by the FDA and have varying degrees of success. With tooth whitening strips you place strips of plastic with the gel side to your teeth and leave it for the time mentioned on the packaging. With this option there is risk of increased tooth sensitivity and damage to gum tissue and permanent damage to your teeth or gum tissue. This is something you will want to visit with your New Jersey teeth whitening dentist about prior if you are considering trying some products.

Contact a Dentist For Teeth Whitening in New Jersey

When you whiten your teeth you are having a lifetime of food, coffee, wine, soda and other stains removed. For some, it is for food and drink consumption. For smokers, it is to remove the dark yellow stains from years of tar and nicotine. And for others, like Michael, it is a side-effect of a medication. Whatever your reason is we would love to have the opportunity to help you.

Having your teeth whitened is one of the easiest ways to dramatically change your smile and give you that extra boost of confidence. Give us a call today and we will help you discover the best treatment option for you!