If you want a whiter, brighter smile but are not seeing your desired results with store-bought whitening products, Dr. Robert E. Steinberger and the team at East Tremont Dental located in the Bronx can help. We offer professional teeth whitening to lift stubborn stains and begin to transform your smile in a single dental appointment. You will love your results and your experience with our friendly, knowledgeable team of professionals.
What Can Teeth Whitening Improve?
Teeth whitening treatment can improve the appearance of teeth that are yellow, dull or discolored as a result of:
- Certain foods and beverages (e.g., coffee, tea, wine, soda, foods with food coloring)
- The effects of aging
Tobacco and certain foods and beverages contain chromogens, or pigmented molecules that attach to the tooth enamel and cause surface or “extrinsic” stains and discoloration. Underneath tooth enamel is a softer material called dentin, which can develop deeper “intrinsic” stains and also darken naturally with age.
Although some intrinsic stains can be improved with mild abrasive toothpastes, other stains require a dentist-administered peroxide cleaning agent.
The Teeth Whitening Process
Teeth whitening treatment involves applying a highly concentrated peroxide bleaching agent to the teeth for short periods of time. The peroxide penetrates the tooth enamel and breaks up the chromogens so they are smaller and less noticeable. As a result, the teeth look whiter and more attractive.
Dr. Steinberger will create customized take-home trays for you to use based on impressions of your teeth and mouth. These trays fit securely and comfortably around your teeth. They are light and portable, so you can use them at your convenience to help you reach your perfect shade of white.
Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment
In general, over-the-counter whitening toothpastes, strips or trays work slowly and do not provide very noticeable results. They are less concentrated than the products used by Dr. Steinberger.
Also, the strips and pre-formed trays may not fit your mouth correctly, causing the whitening solution to leak and irritate the gums. It is not uncommon to simply stop using at-home products because they lead to irritation and sensitivity.
Professional take-home trays fit your teeth securely, and the bleaching agent we provide minimizes tooth sensitivity during and after treatment. Moreover, the entire process offers you more control over your comfort and results.
For example, if your teeth are very sensitive, you can adjust how long you wear your trays; i.e., you can wear them every other night as opposed to every night. Or, if you are not seeing results, Dr. Steinberger can adjust the whitening gel to a more concentrated solution.
Most of our patients prefer this level of customization to an in-office, light-based whitening treatment, which is a “one-shot deal” that can make teeth very sensitive.
Another benefit to professional teeth whitening is that our team understands the limitations of treatment and can work around them. For example, teeth whitening does not lighten existing dental restorations like crowns, veneers or fillings. If you are having trouble with uneven-looking whitening results due to existing restorations, we can explore alternative treatments to give you the beautiful and even smile you desire.
Also, we can identify other teeth that will not respond well to whitening because of dental disease or injury. During your pre-whitening examination, we might discover chipped teeth or cavities in between the teeth that must be addressed before proceeding with whitening treatment. In those cases, we will want to treat the underlying problem(s). We strive to do what is best for the appearance, health, stability, function and structure of your teeth.
Enjoy a Whiter, Brighter Smile Today!
To learn more about professional teeth whitening treatment or to book an appointment with our team, please contact East Tremont Dental today.