Are you about to walk down the aisle? If so, you may have suddenly realized that your perfect wedding dress has suddenly made your smile look a little less than radiant. Don’t worry! Our Forest Hills, NY, cosmetic dentist Dr. Richard Lestz can easily help you get your smile several shades whiter before the big day thanks to professional teeth whitening.
Not All Whitening Systems are Created Equal
Different whitening products have different strengths. While all whitening gels contain some form of peroxide to help break down stain molecules in tooth enamel there are a variety of different concentrations.
Drugstore whitening kits and strips may contain anywhere from 3 to 15 percent peroxide while in-office whitening gels can contain anywhere from 15 to nearly 40 percent peroxide. This means that professional whitening gel, which contains a higher concentration of peroxide, doesn’t need to stay on teeth nearly as long to produce the ideal results. This is why patients see immediate results with in-office whitening but it may take weeks to see results with at-home systems.
Whitening Won’t Work on All Stains
There are some stains that are ideal for whitening treatment and others that may be a little tougher to treat. Professional whitening is best for yellow stains caused by dark foods and drinks, which can stain enamel over time. Our teeth also get darker as we get older but whitening can easily brighten aging teeth.
Brown stains caused by smoking may require multiple whitening sessions and blue or grey stains, which are internal and often caused by certain medications or excessive fluoride exposure, are least likely to respond to professional whitening. This is something to discuss with your Forest Hills, NY, family dentist before turning to professional teeth whitening.
Teeth Whitening Only Works on Natural Teeth
If you have a lot of dental work such as fillings, crowns, or bridges it’s important to know that even professional whitening won’t be able to whiten artificial structures, only real tooth enamel. If you are worried about the contrast between your teeth and dental work after whitening, we can also replace your dental work so that it blends in with your whiter smile.
In-Office Teeth Whitening is the Fastest Option
If your wedding (or a special occasion) is coming up and you need a whiter smile fast then the best option is going to be chairside teeth whitening performed by our dentist. In anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes we could get your smile multiple shades whiter, and sometimes one whitening treatment is all that’s needed to achieve your ideal results.
You want to feel confident about your smile as you say your “I do’s” and our Forest Hills, NY, dentist can make this possible with in-office whitening. Call our office today to let us know that you are interested in getting a whiter smile fast.