What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening or bleaching products remove discoloration and staining while simultaneously brightening teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and patients can receive in-office or at home treatment.
There is a variety of whitening products on the market which fall into three categories including in-office, at-home or over-the-counter. Each type of whitening product removes and eliminates stains from food, tobacco use, age or injury. A consultation with Dr. Roberts or Dr. Sirota at Prosthodontics of New York can assist patients in choosing the best solution for their teeth.
In-office teeth whitening
At Prosthodontics of New York, we offer Opalescence Boost for in-office whitening. In-office teeth whitening, also called chairside bleaching, takes about an hour and patients leave with teeth several shades whiter than when they came. Advantages of in-office teeth whitening over take-home whitening include:
- Professional supervision
- Fast results
- Safe and simple
- Fewer sensitivity issues
- Long lasting results
Opalescence Boost is a teeth whitening gel that contains potassium nitrate and fluoride and does not require a light to activate. Dr. Roberts or Dr. Sirota will start by preparing your teeth for treatment by applying resin. This will prevent any chemicals from touching soft tissue around the teeth.
To ensure fresh materials, Opalescence Boost is not mixed until ready to use. Our staff will mix the whitening chemicals with attached syringes then apply to the teeth with a brush tip. After about 15 minutes, we will use suction to clean the teeth. Drs. Roberts and Sirota recommend that patients receive at least two applications for optimal whitening. After treatment, patients can leave the office and return to their normal activities.
For patients that do not want to visit the dentist for each treatment, there are at-home teeth whitening options. Take-home bleaching solutions can help improve the color and overall brightness of teeth. These kits are simpler to use, less expensive, and just as effective as in-office treatments. Dr. Roberts and Dr. Sirota can provide patients with customized impression trays, whitening powder, and whitening gel. These treatments can improve the appearance of teeth over just a few days.
Over-The-Counter Whitening Products
There are various over-the-counter products, such as whitening toothpaste and bleaching strips. These products are advertised as being effective teeth-whiteners. Although based on the same science as professional bleaching, the concentration of effective ingredients tends to be much lower. This lengthens treatment time and often does not provide the level of whitening desired.