What is Tooth Whitening Gel?

Lady smiling with dental veneers

Have your pearly whites lost their brilliant luster? There are many things that can cause tooth enamel to darken over time, and unfortunately the net effect can tarnish more than just your smile – it can also be a great source of anxiety and embarrassment.

If tooth discoloration has diminished your confidence or willingness to smile, there’s no need to fret.  With the help of an experienced cosmetic dentist, you can safely brighten your chompers with a specially formulated tooth whitening gel. There is a lot of misconception about the power, efficacy and safety of tooth whitening products, which can be purchased at your local pharmacy, or provided by your dentist. While all whitening products have bleaching agents designed to brighten enamel and tackle stubborn stains, there can be a big difference in peroxide – the active whitening agent — concentrations.

Here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we love to help our patients say adios to yellow, dingy teeth and hello to a beautiful, movie star grin!  If regular cleanings and whitening toothpastes just aren’t making a difference, we invite you to come by our Suffolk County office to learn more about our at-home teeth whitening treatments, which are favored for their convenience and affordability.

Tooth discoloration causes

It’s no secret that lifestyle factors play a huge role in tooth discoloration.  Smoking is perhaps the worst offender, followed by poor dental hygiene and the regular consumption of staining drinks and foods. So-called “extrinsic” stains include those caused by tobacco, coffee, colas, wine, tea, and deeply pigmented fruits and vegetables. If you aren’t able to brush your teeth after a cup of coffee or fizzy cola, the next best thing is rinsing your mouth with water to prevent surface stains from occurring.

You also need to consider age-related discoloration, since tooth enamel naturally thins out over the years, allowing the yellow-hued dentin to show through.

Intrinsic darkening or discoloration may result from trauma or damage to the tooth (including chips or cracks), as well as childhood exposure to older Tetracycline-based antibiotics that are rarely used today in pediatric patients.

At-home tooth whitening gel

The good news is that professional strength tooth whitening gel can dramatically improve the appearance of teeth that have turned yellow, gray, brown, or have noticeable white streaks. During a consultation and evaluation, Dr. Elliot or Dr. Nick can recommend an appropriate treatment to give patients the stunning white smile they desire. For patients whose discoloration is superficial in nature, an at-home whitening kit can lighten teeth considerably in just a matter of days.

The kit uses custom plastic trays which are created on-site in our office.  Patients are asked to wear the trays with a small amount of whitening gel for up to 30 minutes a day. The tooth whitening gel concentration will depend on the type and severity of the discoloration. Most patients see brighter, whiter teeth in 7 days or less, though treatment can last 10 days.

Get the smile you’ve always wanted

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments at our Long Island practice for good reason. A luminous, white smile improves confidence and radiates good health. To learn more about our In-Office Whitening & Take Home Gel specials, or to schedule an appointment, we invite you to call (631) 296-0609. 

Additional tooth whitening resources:

  1. SinsationalSmiles, How it Works http://www.sinsationalsmile.com/how-it-works.html
  2. Colgate, How To Safely Use A Tooth Whitening Gel At Home http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/how-to-safely-use-a-tooth-whitening-gel-at-home-0813

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