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Great oral health--it's a wonderful personal asset, and you're grateful for it. However, over time, your straight, strong smile has become dull and yellowish. Happily, your dentists in Ringwood, NJ, Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi, offer in-office or at-home teeth whitening. This popular cosmetic service brightens stained tooth enamel by as many as eight shades. Learn about this effective and safe procedure that will leave you smiling.
Tooth color changes
It's almost inevitable. Dark drinks and foods, poor oral hygiene, use of some prescription drugs, the aging process and more put staining material deep into tooth enamel. While professional cleaning helps, often it won't remove stubborn, long-standing stains.
Over-the-counter toothpastes, rinses, and strips help, but often, they cause dental and gingival (gum) sensitivity or simply don't do the job. What's a teen or adult dental patient to do?
Enter professional teeth whitening
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says it's today's most sought-after aesthetic treatment. Done either at-home over several days or in the Ringwood dental office in just about an hour, professional teeth whitening produces tremendous results with no residual effects. And, the color lasts!
How it works
First, Dr. Kahn or Dr. Pergolizzi examines your teeth and gums to look for any decay, cracked restorations or gum disease. If all is well, your dentist will offer in-office or at-home whitening. Both deliver powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to top and bottom teeth. Peroxide is a safe bleaching agent which actually lifts staining organic matter right out of tooth surfaces.
In the office, the treatment takes only an hour. Your gums and lips will be protected with a plastic dam as the dentist applies the gel to your teeth. Allowed to penetrate your tooth enamel, the gel is rinsed off, leaving your teeth bright and shiny.
If you select the at-home version, you'll receive customized acrylic trays to fill with a less concentrated version of the whitening gel. You'll fill and wear the trays daily, keeping them in place for a prescribed amount of time. Results are the same as in-office whitening.
Keeping it bright
A newly whitened smile stays bright with routine brushing (twice a day) and flossing (once a day). Also, choose your foods and beverages carefully, limiting items known to stain teeth and restorations--coffee, tea, blueberries, curry, and tomato sauce as examples. Avoid all forms of tobacco, and drink plenty of water to wash your teeth clean and increase saliva and its helpful enzymes. See your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Overall, your teeth will look great for years, with just occasional whitening touch-ups.
Is it for you?
Your dentist offers many wonderful ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Economical teeth whitening is just one of them. To find out more, why not contact the office in Ringwood, NJ, and arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Kahn or Dr. Pergolizzi? You'll be amazed at the many options you have. Call (973) 835-3900.
Are you ready to get a radiant smile again? It’s easy with professional teeth whitening.
Years of coffee or tea drinking can take quite the toll on your smile. Perhaps you’ve just suddenly noticed how dull and lifeless your smile looks. Of course, most commercial whitening products won’t be able to offer you the truly radiant results you want. If this is the case, our Ringwood, NJ, dentists Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi have just the thing you’ve been looking for.
You may be wondering, “What makes professional in-office teeth whitening different from other whitening products?” While all whitening products contain an active ingredient such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, it’s the quantity of this active ingredient that can truly get your smile significantly whiter in a faster amount of time.
The commercial whitening products you can pick up from your local drugstore will only have a small percentage of the active ingredient, but the whitening gel we use in chairside teeth whitening has a significantly higher percentage, which means that you’ll see amazing results in just one session.
Whitening kits and even the at-home whitening treatments you can get from our Ringwood, NJ, cosmetic dentist are designed to be used for several weeks before you will even notice results. Of course, if you want to get your smile several shades whiter in a shorter amount of time then you’ll want to get chairside teeth whitening from us. This is a great way to remove deep-set stains before a big job interview or your wedding.
Plus, when you come into our office we will immediately be able to tell whether you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Since there is no proper consultation required before using at-home whitening products, this could be a major disadvantage for those who may be prone to tooth sensitivity or who have other oral health issues that they may not even realize. In order for teeth whitening to be most effective and safe, the best option is to choose our in-office whitening system. You may walk into our office with yellow teeth but you’ll leave with a completely new smile.
If you want to revamp your smile and feel confident once more, then find out how teeth whitening could be the right treatment for you. Schedule a consultation with our Ringwood, NJ, dental office today.
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
Interested in teeth whitening but want to know if it’s really safe for your smile? Find out now.
Who doesn’t want a brighter smile? Almost everyone will agree that a radiant, white smile is beautiful and attractive. But if years of eating and drinking certain foods or smoking cigarettes have left you with stained teeth, then it’s time to talked to your Ringwood dentists Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi about professional teeth whitening. Find out how teeth whitening works and whether it’s safe for your smile.
Is professional teeth whitening safe?
You’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief when we tell you that no major dental issues have been linked to teeth whitening products when they have been used properly. Of course, tooth sensitivity can occur in some patients when using whitening products. That’s why it’s never a bad idea to consider getting professional whitening from your Ringwood cosmetic dentist, as we can monitor your sensitivity and alter your treatment to reduce your chances of experiencing sensitivity (this is something that is almost impossible to do with at-home whitening treatments).
Sure, a whitening gel is strong enough to remove stains from the surface of your teeth but it will not damage healthy tooth enamel when used correctly. When you come in for a consultation we can examine your smile to determine if whitening treatment is really the best and safest option for you.
How does teeth whitening work?
Even though all whitening treatments are different, most contain one of these active ingredients: hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Since carbamide peroxide is often slower acting than hydrogen peroxide it tends to be more commonly found in the at-home whitening systems provided by your general dentist in Ringwood, NJ. Hydrogen peroxide, on the other hand, is used to remove surface stains and deep-set discolorations in teeth and tends to offer faster results for professional in-office teeth whitening.
Whether you have questions about our whitening treatment or you are ready to schedule your first whitening appointment our Ringwood, NJ dental office is here to serve you. Turn to Dr. David Kahn, DMD & Dr. John Pergolizzi, DMD to get the smile you want.
There are many reasons why teeth may need a whitening treatment to achieve an appealing brightness: what we eat and drink, natural aging, genetics, and the lack of dedication to oral hygiene can all play a role in how we look.
For vital (living) teeth, there are basically three different options for teeth whitening, and we’d be happy to help you decide which is right for you:
- In-office tooth whitening: The fastest way to get your smile radiant. A high concentration of a peroxide gel solution is applied directly to the tooth surface. Gums and other soft tissues are completely protected for your safety. This technique is excellent for whitening deep surface stains as well as general tooth whitening. This professional treatment requires the least amount of time to achieve the desired whiteness.
- The professional take-home option: Custom-made bleaching trays are prepared by our office. This technique is convenient and less expensive, but the desired whiteness will take longer to achieve than the in-office option.
- Over-the-counter products: These offer the least expensive option but use weaker whitening agents. For example, whitening strips, like the ones advertised on television, are popular and easy to use but will generally take the most time to achieve the desired success. Also, even agents that are not the strongest available may cause damage to teeth if used inappropriately and without professional supervision.
While there are normally no serious side effects after professional whitening treatments, there is a potential risk of tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. If either one or both of these occur, it should disappear within a few days.
It should come as no surprise that bleaching is not permanent. The whiteness will fade eventually depending on your diet, habits, hygiene, etc., but it usually will last at least six months — more often up to two years. Obviously, if you avoid drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, don’t smoke, and have a diligent oral hygiene routine your results may last longer.
Advertisements for teeth-whitening products are everywhere. If you have any questions about what you see, or simply want to do a reality check on their claims, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter...,” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”