The Big Apple is all about making bold statements, and nothing says “confident” like a radiant, white smile. Don’t let discoloration affect your life. We can help! Let’s delve into the dazzling world of teeth whitening.
Why Do Teeth Get Discolored?
The big question — why don’t our teeth naturally stay white? A few culprits include daily food and drinks, such as coffee, wine, berries…oh my! While delicious, they can leave a mark over time. Tobacco is another big one. Whether you smoke or chew, tobacco products can tarnish that shine.
Another common cause is aging. As the enamel wears down over time, the underlying yellowish dentin shows through. Finally, medications can have tooth darkening as a side effect. Who knew? But don’t let these daily discolorations get in the way of your smile.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Absolutely! When done correctly and under the guidance of a professional like Dr. Marianna Farber, teeth whitening is both safe and effective. But always ensure you’re getting the right products and advice!
Teeth Whitening Options: Navigating the Choices
Depending on your lifestyle and needs, there are many whitening options to consider:
Professional Teeth Whitening: The Gold Standard
Done in the comfortable environment of our office at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, this method uses high-quality products and ensures your teeth get the best treatment. Dr. Marianna Farber uses the Opalescence and KoR whitening systems, widely used by dentists as part of their professional cosmetic procedures. It’s fast, effective, and offers the kind of results that leave you beaming.
Take-Home Whitening Kits: Convenience Meets Professional
Not everyone can spare time for multiple dental visits. That’s where take-home kits come into play. You’ll receive a custom mouth tray, crafted just for you, to ensure that every nook and cranny of your teeth gets even coverage. You will also receive a dentist-approved gel. Unlike over-the-counter products, this gel is potent and designed to minimize sensitivity. With these tools, you can comfortably whiten your teeth at your own pace.
DIY Teeth Whitening Remedies (and Why to Avoid Them)
The internet can be a treasure trove of ideas, but when it comes to your teeth, it’s essential to tread with caution. Strips, pens, and homemade concoctions might not offer the even whiteness you’re aiming for, and these inconsistent results can be frustrating.
Some DIY remedies can erode enamel or cause gum irritation. Even if you might get your teeth whiter, the long-term consequences can be painful and put your smile at risk. It’s important to remember that everyone’s dental profile is different. What works for one person might not work for another.
Pricing and Insurance: Because Budgets Matter
Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry believes everyone deserves a radiant smile, which is why we have transparent pricing. No more guessing games. Our costs are upfront and honest. And while cosmetic as well as other procedures aren’t always covered, our team will guide you through what your insurance might cater to and offer financing options and accept credit cards for out of pocket costs. We work hard to offer various options to help our patients achieve a stunning smile.
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.
Ready to Light Up NYC with Your Smile?
At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, your journey to a whiter, brighter smile is just an appointment away. Located near the heart of New York, our practice is your gateway to the best in teeth whitening.
Don’t hold back. Reach out to us at (212) 588-1500, and let’s give NYC one more reason to shine!