What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening or bleaching products brighten teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, age or injury. There are a variety of in-office and take-home teeth whitening products to reduce or eliminate such stains.
There are many techniques available to whiten your teeth. Over the years, Dr. Goldberg has selected a few systems that provide his patients in Randolph NJ & Morris County NJ with great results. Having multiple options offers patients various choices based upon the amount of time and money they want to invest.
How Do My Teeth Stain?
There are intrinsic and extrinsic factors that cause the yellowness or darkness of teeth.
- Intrinsic factors include the color of the middle layer of your tooth, called “dentin.” Some people’s dentin is darker than others, and this will cause a darker appearance. This is very difficult to change with whitening.
- Extrinsic factors include foods such as red wine, chocolate, coffee, etc, as well as the tars and nicotine in smoking. These are the stains that the whitening process will work on.
The KOR Whitening System:
KOR Whitening System is the most thorough and comprehensive approach to get a person’s smile as white as possible with minimal sensitivity and as permanent as possible. Sensitivity is a huge side effect of whitening, and the Deep Bleaching process has very little to none, and the amount of touch-ups required is very little, too. The idea behind the process is that the gels get “deep” within the enamel of the tooth. For Deep Bleaching, this varies based upon the darkness of the teeth. The “average” person needs 2 weeks.
Teeth Whitening Options
The teeth whitening methods offered here at Morris County Dental Associates include:
– Those who want a minimal financial investment & want to walk out with a whitening solution today.
– Those who want a minimal financial investment & don’t mind two appointments.
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– Those who don’t mind a larger financial investment in exchange for a greater level of improvement.
– Those who want to try for the best level of whitening possible, and do not have a “difficult situation” to contend with.
– Those who want to try for the best level of whitening possible, or have difficult conditions to treat: tetracycline staining, fluorosis, past history of whitening.
Teeth whitening is not harmful to your teeth. The whitening gels get down into the enamel and dissolve the stains. They do not damage the crystalline structure of your tooth.
Be cautions that trays will not fit as tightly as what a dentist can make, so there is risk of the gels washing out or burning the gums. The gels will also be of a lower concentration. If over-the-counter does not offer the results you are looking for, patients can try our various professional options.
Teeth Whitening Before and After Photos
Alternatives to Teeth Whitening
Porcelain veneers – can be used to straighten smiles, close-up gaps and spaces, replace worn-down teeth and make teeth permanently whiter.
Snap-On-Smile – is an affordable, non-invasive, and completely reversible appliance that can give you a new smile in as little as two visits.
Porcelain veneers, and Snap-On-Smile are alternatives to teeth whitening because these restorations will not change color.
Care & Maintenance After Teeth Whitening
When you are finished with the process, your teeth will be whiter! We advise patients to continue with some touch-ups within the first few weeks (3 to 4 times per week) to help “set” your new whiteness. We also encourage you to stay away from items that can stain your teeth during these first few weeks, such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and smoking.
Brush and floss as normal. Whitening is not permanent, so touch-ups are required. These are usually accomplished by you at home. Depending upon the system used initially, the frequency of your touch-ups will vary. The KOR Whitening System requires the least amount of touch-ups.
How long do results last?
Anywhere from a few weeks to years. It depends greatly upon the foods and drinks you ingest, as well as habits such as smoking. Also, the system utilized to whiten your teeth will be a major factor. The KOR Whitening system will have the longest results and definitely provides the most patient satisfaction.
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