Teeth Whitening in Huntington NY - Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntington, New York
At Christine Vice, DDS, we know how important it is for our patients in Huntington, New York to have beautiful teeth. Teeth whitening can be a easy way to turn yellow stained teeth into that bright movie star smile that you have always wanted. Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. There are many reasons why teeth may become stained yellow or brown including drinking coffee or smoking tobacco. Although teeth whitening is not permanent and a touch up may be required every couple years, it is still one of the easiest way to improve a patients smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Reasons for teeth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does teeth whitening involve?
This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about teeth whitening or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vice at our Huntington, NY office.