Professional teeth whitening is a remarkably effective way to lighten and brighten your teeth. Over the years, your teeth can become dark and discolored from a variety of factors. Led by cosmetic dentist Dr. Victor Oelbaum, our team of experienced dental professionals uses state-of-the-art technology to give you a whiter, brighter smile in just one quick office visit.
Please contact our practice for more information on teeth whitening in the Bronx and New York City area.
How Teeth Whitening Helps
Teeth can become yellowed, stained, and discolored for many different reasons, including:
- Years of drinking wine and/or coffee
- Tobacco use
- Natural aging process
Even if you take exceptional care of your teeth with daily brushing and flossing, your teeth can still be affected by discoloration over time. However, teeth whitening procedures from Dr. Victor Oelbaum and Associates can lighten your teeth by six to ten shades or more.
Professional Vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
While many over-the-counter toothpastes, rinses, and mouthwashes claim to lighten teeth, these products often lack the bleaching agents necessary to yield effective results. Unfortunately, many whitening products found in stores simply remove food and debris from the surface of teeth, rather than penetrating the deeper layers of enamel where stains and discoloration typically reside. As a result, it is generally very difficult for over-the-counter whitening products to create any significant change in tooth shade.
For comprehensive teeth whitening that produces dramatic results, dental-grade whitening treatments are a powerful solution. Both at-home and in-office whitening services offered by Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates can reach tooth enamel exposed to years of tobacco, wine, and coffee stains, lightening discoloration for younger, healthier-looking teeth. Results from professional whitening can provide patients with a luminous smile, immediately noticeable upon completion of treatment.
Teeth Whitening Procedure
Dr. Victor Oelbaum and Associates offer several different teeth whitening options for Bronx and New York City patients. Dental grade at-home whitening is very effective in treating teeth that are severely stained or discolored. The at-home whitening kits are easy to use and allow patients to achieve the vibrant, white shade that they choose, especially if their looking for that Hollywood white smile. In office or laser whitening can be a good solution for patients needing a speedy treatment, the entire process only takes about one hour to complete. The in office whitening can help to achieve slight whitening enhancement but it typically does not produce the same results as the at-home treatment. There is no downtime associated with any of
Our practice strives to provide comfortable oral care for individuals with a variety of needs, including those who experience enhanced levels of tooth sensitivity. Sometimes, the bleaching agents found in a professional whitening treatment can exacerbate sensitivity for patients. Fortunately, our doctors can take a number of measures to decrease potential sensitivity, including adjusting the amount of bleaching gel applied in order to curtail the strength of whitening treatment. A few easy things you can do to manage potential tenderness in teeth include:
- Using fluoride dental products designed to decrease sensitivity, such as Sensodyne® toothpaste, two weeks before starting treatment
- Using a toothbrush with softer bristles
- Decreasing the frequency with which you use your at-home whitening kit (e.g. every other day as opposed to every day)
- Requesting a bleaching gel with a lower level of peroxide
If you are feeling discomfort during your treatment, our practice can customize your whitening experience and provide you with solutions to accommodate your sensitivity. Please don’t hesitate to raise any concerns with our doctors or staff.
Professional teeth whitening can be a simple and effective way to dramatically improve your smile; however, results are not permanent. As your teeth continue to be exposed to staining agents from food, drinks, and tobacco, they will eventually begin to experience discoloration again. To preserve the results of teeth whitening, many patients undergo occasional “touch-up” treatments. Daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash are also simple ways to extend the longevity of treatment results. For more information about how you can prolong the outcome of your results from whitening, please ask our doctors or staff.
Teeth whitening is one of the many ways Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates can make your smile beautiful, fresh, and bright! If you would like to consider a more permanent option to achieve white teeth, ask us about porcelain veneers. Please contact us today for more information, or to schedule a consultation.