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You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.
There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.
First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.
In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.
A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.
Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.
In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!”
With the advent of home whitening kits, you no longer have to go to the dentist to have your teeth whitened. DIY kits are relatively safe and effective, if you follow the directions carefully.
So, you might be thinking: why have a dentist whiten my teeth? Actually, there are good reasons why you might. Here are 4 of them.
We'll make sure your teeth are healthy first. Your teeth may need some attention first, such as treatment for dental disease, before we undertake whitening. We'll also determine why your teeth are stained, which could impact how they're whitened (more about that in a moment).
Our application could take less time and last longer. Bleaching agents in home kits make up less than 10% of volume, much weaker than the applications we use. While it often takes several applications at home to achieve the desired brightness, you may only need one or two sessions with us. Our stronger solution may also extend the “fade time” — when the whitening begins to diminish — than what you may encounter with home whitening.
We can be more precise achieving the right shade. There are different shades of teeth whiteness — what looks good for someone else might not look good for you. We have the training and expertise to achieve a color that's right for you. What's more, we also have techniques and equipment like UV lighting that enables us to color match more precisely than you can with a home kit.
Your DIY kit can't alter some forms of staining. Home kits bleach only the outermost layers of tooth enamel. That won't help, though, if your discoloration originates inside the tooth. This intrinsic staining requires procedures only a dentist can perform to bleach the tooth from the inside out.
Even if you'd still like to use a home kit we'll be happy to advise you on purchasing and application. It's also a good idea to have us check the staining first to see if a home kit will work at all. In the end, we share the same desire as you do: that your teeth are as healthy as they can be and bright as you want them to be.
If you would like more information on tooth whitening options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”
Isn’t it time that you felt more confident smiling again?
If you are a coffee lover like so many of us out there then it might not come as much of a surprise that your teeth are probably not as white as they once were. If your yellowing and dull smile has you feeling a little embarrassed, don’t worry; our East Brunswick, NJ, prosthodontist Dr. Nainesh Desai has the solution that will have you smiling again in no time.
When it comes to whitening your smile you have several options:
- Over-the-counter whitening products and kits
- Professional in-office teeth whitening
- Professional at-home whitening
The kind of teeth whitening that is right for you will depend on several factors including:
- The type of dental stains
- The severity of the stains
- Your budget
- Your time commitment
- How quickly you want results
These are all things to consider before sitting down with our prosthodontist in East Brunswick, NJ. During your consultation, we will discuss your goals, as well as these factors to determine which kind of teeth whitening is the best option.
In most cases, if you are looking to get fast, visible results, in-office teeth whitening is the best option, as we can easily get smiles up to seven shades whiter (or more) in just a single one-hour treatment.
Patients dealing with yellow stains caused by the foods and drinks they consume every day, as well as smoking and the natural effects of aging, will see the most visible results from in-office teeth whitening. Those with more severe stains may require more than one treatment session, which we can discuss during your consultation.
If you do decide to get professional in-office teeth whitening you can sit back and relax in our dental chair while we apply the whitening gel on your teeth. Since the gel contains an extremely high percentage of the active whitening ingredient (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) it means that we don’t have to leave the whitening gel on your teeth nearly as long as you do with at-home whitening in order to see results. We may also direct a dental light over the teeth to activate and speed up the effects of the whitening gel.
Our at-home whitening system can also be a great option for patients who want the convenience of whitening from home while still knowing that the whitening product they are using is going to be effective. Most patients see results after a week or two of continued use.
Central New Jersey Prosthodontics in East Brunswick, NJ, wants to help you get a more dazzling smile. If you are interested in getting teeth whitening give our office a call today and let’s schedule a consultation.
White, translucent teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful smile. But with age or the foods we eat our teeth’s natural brightness can dim to a dingy yellow.
If this is your case, you may be able to benefit from teeth whitening techniques that brighten up your less than “pearly whites.” A teeth whitening treatment from time to time could put the dazzle back in both your smile and your self-confidence.
Here, then, are 3 reasons for considering tooth whitening to improve your smile.
You might be able to do it yourself. There are a number of home whitening options (including whitening strips) that are safe and effective to use at home. But there are a couple caveats: because your dentist can use stronger bleaching solutions they may be able to perform the procedure in less time and with longer lasting results than a home kit. Also, some forms of staining originate inside a tooth—a home kit won’t help with that kind of discoloration.
It’s safe and relatively inexpensive. Home bleaching solutions aren’t strong enough to be harmful (unless you disregard the product directions) and are usually not very costly. Your dentist uses stronger solutions but with the training and curing equipment to minimize any risk to your teeth. And compared to other cosmetic treatments, dental office teeth whitening is still a relatively inexpensive option.
Dental office whitening can be more comprehensive and precise. Another reason to opt for your dentist to whiten your teeth is the wide range of discoloration they can alleviate. They have clinical techniques for alleviating internal tooth staining, and could even combine these with treatments for external staining. Your dentist can also help you achieve the exact degree of whiteness you desire—from a more subtle, natural shade to “Hollywood Bright.”
Whitening isn’t permanent—but with a thorough application and avoiding foods and habits that contribute to staining, professional whitening effects can last up to two years. If you’re interested, see your dentist for a full dental examination for any issues that might interfere with the whitening process. From there, you’re not far from a brighter and more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening and other dental cosmetic enhancements, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter….”
Need to whiten your teeth?
Forget those days of you covering up your smile because of yellow and/or stained teeth. With the help of your East Brunswick, NJ, dentist, Dr. Nainesh Desai, your smile can become several shades whiter.
Stained teeth affect a person's self-esteem, but is a problem your doctor can fix. There are several reasons your teeth become stained. Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is because of age. Some other reasons include:
- Drinking coffee and/or tea
- Eating certain foods, such a blueberries
- Chewing tobacco
Teeth Whitening at East Brunswick
There are two types of teeth whitening procedures:
The in-office procedure is convenient and doesn't take long. The gel is left on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a dental light is used to speed up the process. Your dentist will remove the gel, then reapply the teeth whitening gel several times throughout the one-hour treatment.
The doctor uses a device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed your mouth. This device will ensure the tissue in your mouth does not come in contact with the gel the dentist will use to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth.
Forget those over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. They don't contain high concentrations of vital components such as hydrogen peroxide, or carbamide peroxide. Your dentist and his team, on the other hand, know exactly how to handle, use and oversee the effects of teeth whitening gels containing these materials. This procedure gives whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time compared to the home kits.
If you don't have time, though, you may need to use a home kit. Your doctor will give you a take-home-kit. You can brighten your teeth when it's convenient for you. Make sure you listen to your doctor's instructions on how to use the materials in the kit. If your dental stains are severe, you may need to repeat the process .
If you have you have any questions or concerns about getting a whiter smile, call your East Brunswick, NJ, dentist Dr. Nainesh Desai today at (732) 254-2550.