Teeth Whitening

A whiter smile is nothing more than improving your teeth’s natural shade of tooth enamel. Teeth whitening, also called bleaching, is a non-invasive dental treatment that can be performed at home, or in our offices. Whiter teeth is perhaps the number one aesthetic concern for a majority of patients, and it is a simple way to beautify your smile.

The most popular, but perhaps not capable of producing a matching brightness, is to use a home whitening system; it can dramatically improve your smile, but it’s not the best. These at home kits come with generic plastic trays that don’t conform to your teeth. The issue with not having it performed professionally is that fillings, crowns and/or replacement teeth may not match the desired color you are attempting to develop. That is why having your smile whitened by a qualified dental staff can assure that your natural teeth can match any that happen to be “improved upon” teeth. We’ll match your restorations after whitening so that your smile is as bright as can be.

The Process

The process of whitening your teeth will typically call for two appointments. The first one is to take “oral impressions” or molds of your teeth for creating custom fitting plastic trays. Our fabrications provider can ensure a good fit the first time, and it doesn’t take a long turnaround to send out for them and have them return for your next appointment.

At your second appointment, we’ll ensure your plastic trays fit correctly, or make adjustments as necessary. We’ll provide you with care instructions and an active demonstration of how to use the system. You’ll receive special whitening solution to be put in the trays and worn for 30 minutes or overnight for several days until your teeth reach your desired whiteness.

Why Whiten Your Teeth?

There are several reasons beyond aesthetics for whitening or bleaching your teeth:

  • Yellowed or browned teeth from foods, beverages and smoking, chewing tobacco, etc.
  • Some medications like tetracycline stain teeth
  • Tooth enamel is eroded through normal means
  • Early child over-exposure to fluoride (fluorosis)

Things to Remember

Your teeth will become sensitive during this process but will dissipate shortly after ceasing the whitening process. This is natural and nothing of which to be overly concerned. We recommend using a “sensitive teeth” toothpaste to minimize discomfort.

Teeth whitening is a temporary solution to whiter teeth, but there is no guarantee that you will reach the level of whiteness for which you are hoping. Whiteness will naturally fade through consumption of various foods and beverages like coffee, red wine, beets, and other foods containing large amounts of acids such as lemons and oranges. Smoking will also dull your smile, so try to avoid this as a general health recommendation in addition to having whiter teeth.

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Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
fax: (973) 663-6136
email: jmmdmd@msn.com

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