Teeth Whitening Specialist

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Aesthetic Dentistry of Manhattan

Aesthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Midtown East, New York, NY

A professional teeth whitening treatment is one of the most effective ways to rejuvenate your look. If you want to put the shine back in your smile, schedule an appointment with the team of dental professionals at Aesthetic Dentistry of Manhattan in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the convenient online tool.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth discolored?

Tooth discoloration or staining happens for a number of reasons, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Consuming darkly pigmented foods or beverages, like berries or coffee
  • Using tobacco products, like cigarettes or chewing tobacco
  • Medications — like certain antihistamines and antipsychotics
  • Early exposure to tetracycline antibiotics

Your teeth can also lose their shine as a natural byproduct of age. As you get older, the soft inner layer of your teeth (dentin) turns yellow, while the hard outer layer (enamel) gets thinner, allowing more of the yellowed dentin to show through.

Genetics can also play a role in your tooth color, since enamel thickness is a genetically inherited trait.

How do you whiten my teeth?

There are two main types of professional teeth-whitening treatments: in-office whitening and take-home whitening.

With an in-office treatment, your dentist uses special tools to protect your gums and lips, then paints a high-grade bleaching solution on your teeth and lets it take effect while you wait in the chair. In-office whitening can brighten your smile by up to eight shades in a single, hour-long office appointment.

With at-home whitening, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth that he uses to fabricate custom bleaching trays that fit snugly over your teeth. 

You fill these trays with a professional-grade bleaching solution, and wear them for a prescribed amount of time each day in the comfort of your home. Your teeth will be noticeably whiter within a matter of weeks!

Both in-office and at-home whitening operate on the same basic principle: the whitening solution that’s applied to your teeth contains hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates your enamel, breaks up the pigmentation that causes staining, and effectively whitens your teeth.

Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a very safe procedure with little-to-no side effects. At most, you might experience increased sensitivity in your teeth after your treatment. If that’s the case, your dentist can recommend a sensitive toothpaste for you to temporarily use.

Can’t I just use an over-the-counter whitener?

You should never whiten your teeth with over-the-counter products. Though increasingly popular for their convenience and price, store-bought whitening products are ineffective at best, and dangerous at worst.

Over-the-counter whitening kits use strips and trays that aren’t designed to fit around the unique contours of your smile, leaving the whitening solution to frequently leak out and irritate your gums. 

And when the bleaching solution does manage to stay in contact with your teeth, it’s not nearly as effective as what you get at Aesthetic Dentistry of Manhattan, meaning that your smile won’t be nearly as white and bright after your treatment. 

For a stunning smile, you need a professional treatment. Schedule yours today with the dental professionals at Aesthetic Dentistry of Manhattan. You can book your visit by phone or online.