With the holiday season right around the corner, you may be thinking about your smile. Throughout the year, multiple factors could lead to embarrassing teeth stains. Fortunately, with professional care your Astoria, NY, dentist can offer dramatic results that last for months to come. In today’s blog, we’re talking about teeth whitening!
Professional Teeth Whitening
While store bought options can remove stains, the results may not be very dramatic, and honestly, won’t last very long. For others, these treatment options could lead to tooth sensitivity as well. With our professional system, we start by taking detailed impressions to create a set of custom-made trays. We send you home with these trays, and a bleaching gel too. At home, you will wear the trays for about a half hour to 45 minutes, with optimal results possible after a week to ten days. For some, this means teeth brightened by several shades and a lowered risk of sensitive teeth. You can also keep your trays and remaining gel for touch-ups as needed!
Mask Intrinsic Stains
Now, some stains don’t form on the surfaces of our teeth. Known as intrinsic discoloration, these form beneath the enamel and could be difficult to remove with teeth whitening. However, we can still offer solutions. With dental bonding and porcelain veneers, we can mask discoloration (and correct issues with a tooth’s shape too) instantly.
Keeping Your Teeth Bright
A number of factors could discolor your teeth, which means you can take steps to keep your new results strong. First, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which promote plaque buildup and make stains more visible. Also, try to consume fewer beverages with dark pigments, such as coffee, tea, red wine, fruit juice, and soda, as these could also discolor your smile. Cigarettes and other tobacco products could lead to yellow stains too.
You should also practice good oral hygiene, as this limits plaque buildup. When we brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss before bed, we remove trapped food particles. Not only do you fight discoloration, but you lower the risk of tooth decay and gum disease too. You should also schedule a checkup and cleaning visit soon. A cleaning means we can remove all plaque and tartar, and then polish the smile, for an esthetically-pleasing appearance and better oral health. If you have any questions about preventive dentistry, or about any of our cosmetic treatment options, then contact our team today to schedule a visit!
Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry?
Our team is prepared to offer treatment for discoloration and other esthetic concerns. To learn more about addressing unsightly dental discoloration, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.