There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Tray whitening is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
Teeth Whitening Benefits
The benefits of professional teeth whitening are many, particularly compared with over-the-counter bleaching systems.
In general, teeth whitening produces exquisite, immediate results that require no alteration of a patient’s natural dental structures. The procedure can be performed in isolation or in conjunction with other treatments as part of a more comprehensive smile makeover plan. Many of our patients choose to restore the health and beauty of damaged teeth with dental crowns or porcelain veneers that are customized to match the color of their newly whitened natural teeth.
Candidacy for Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is often an ideal treatment for those whose teeth are healthy and not overly sensitive. Patients with dental restorations such as veneers, crowns, and bridges will be advised that these restorations will not respond to the whitening gel; therefore, the shade of the natural teeth may differ from the shade of these restorations. The best candidates for teeth whitening include those who are willing to avoid the staining agents that caused the discoloration in the first place. Tobacco, in particular, can compromise the whitening results post-treatment.
At Dr. Steven Lamberg’s office, the staff strives to find the most effective, most conservative treatments that will produce the most exceptional results. We provides honest, expert guidance every step of the way. If teeth whitening is the best option in your case, our doctor and hygienist will advise you of such. Sometimes, however, the best advice is to avoid teeth whitening if you are not a suitable candidate. If this is the case, we will work toward finding a cosmetic solution that is perfectly suited to you.
To begin and maintain your teeth whitening results, you will be given an at-home whitening trays along with specific instructions for use. The at-home whitening kit will give you the opportunity to brighten your smile having to schedule an appointment at our office.
Contact Dr. Lamberg’s Office for Further Information
If you would like to learn more about how you could benefit from professional teeth whitening, please contact our Long Island dental practice today. We are proud to serve patients from throughout Nassau County, and we would be pleased to welcome you to our practice.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.