Teeth Whitening in East Village, NYC
Over time it is common for teeth to yellow or become discolored as the enamel is regularly stained by common foods and beverages. While changing your diet can help to prevent this kind of discoloration, many patients of East Village Dental Arts are looking for a solution to teeth that have already suffered significant enamel staining. For treatment, our dentists will often recommend professional teeth whitening. Call (212) 979-6300 to schedule an appointment at our office in the East Village today!
Teeth Whitening Options in the East Village
There are several types of teeth whitening treatments available to individuals that are looking to achieve a brighter smile. East Village Dental Arts will advise patients on these different options according to their oral health and how effective one particular whitening treatment may be compared to another.
One of the most common methods used to lift stains from a patient’s tooth enamel is to apply a bleaching agent that typically contains hydrogen peroxide. At-home kits will use a similar strategy, but only professional bleaching can offer higher doses of hydrogen peroxide that are not available over-the-counter.
Bleaching the teeth is also incredibly quick, lasting for approximately one hour. Many individuals will return for multiple treatments over the course of a few weeks in order to achieve optimal results that are able to give patients a smile that is several shades whiter than before.
Whitening Trays and Gels
Teeth whitening trays and gels can often produce effective results that are comparable to those of in-office teeth bleaching procedures. The major drawback to whitening trays is that they are more time-intensive, meaning it will take several weeks before a person’s teeth become noticeably whiter. Once again, whitening trays provided by East Village Dental Arts will out-perform over-the-counter options because they have the ability to prescribe a whitening agent that contains higher amounts of hydrogen peroxide.
Whitening trays will often be worn overnight or for a could of hours each day. East Village Dental Arts will custom fit these trays to a patient’s teeth to ensure that when applied, the gel within the tray will be able to reach every part of the tooth, and avoid contact with the gums that can lead to irritation.
This option can be beneficial for those that have minimal staining on their teeth, and are also seeking to actively prevent future stains. Whitening toothpaste will not be able to achieve the same results as bleaching or whitening trays, though they do contain mild abrasives that work to remove surface stains.
Whitening Treatments Are Not for Everyone
There are certain situations in which East Village Dental Arts will not recommend an individual for the traditional teeth whitening methods mentioned above. These include instances in which the person has:
- Tender gums
- Gum disease
- Very sensitive teeth
- A receding gum line
- Restorative work of the front teeth (crowns, caps, tooth-colored fillings, etc.)
There are alternatives that can be explored for those who are not determined to be good candidates for tooth bleaching or whitening trays. East Village Dental Arts will still be able to help you achieve the bright smile you’ve been wanting!