Posts for tag: teeth whitening

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
July 17, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

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.

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
January 14, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening   veneers  

Cosmetic Dentistry ProceduresHow your cosmetic dentist in Forest Hills, New York can remake your smile.

If your smile isn’t as beautiful as it could be, you can remake it! You can change a dull, uninteresting smile into a work of art. All it takes is the right cosmetic dental procedure and a highly-skilled cosmetic dentist! Dr. Richard H. Lestz in Forest Hills, New York is the cosmetic dentist who can make it happen.

You may be wondering which cosmetic dental procedure is right for you. Consider these cosmetic dental services to make your smile uniquely beautiful, and uniquely yours:

Professional teeth whitening, to remove dark stains, discolorations, and take back the yellow tinge that aging gives your smile; professional teeth whitening delivers dramatic results, up to 8 shades whiter! The results also last far longer than with over-the-counter products, even up to 5 years! Dr. Lestz offers in-office whitening, which takes about an hour and is the quickest method, or a take-home whitening kit which is the most convenient method.

Cosmetic bonding, to repair cracks, fracture lines, tooth wear and other damage, giving you a more harmonious smile; bonding uses composite, a liquid resin that can be matched to the color and shape of your teeth. After placement, the composite is hardened with a dental blue light.

Tooth-colored fillings, to repair areas of tooth decay with a completely metal-free solution; tooth-colored fillings also use composite, so your dental fillings will be virtually invisible in your smile!

Porcelain veneers, to hide large issues like breaks, chips, tooth wear, enamel defects, and other unsightly aesthetic issues; porcelain veneers are thin laminates of exquisite, light-reflecting porcelain which mimics the look of tooth enamel. In some cases, porcelain veneers can even be used to close up small gaps between teeth and to eliminate the appearance of tooth overlap.

These are just a few of the many cosmetic dental procedures for you to choose from. For a complete list of cosmetic dental procedures available, please visit the Services section on the website at

Don’t settle for an ordinary smile when you can have an extraordinary smile! To get started on your new dazzling smile, call Dr. Richard H. Lestz in Forest Hills, New York today!

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let a yellow smile bring you down. Our dentist is here to help!tooth stains

Nothing is worse than smiling and knowing that your teeth are yellowing and dull. Don’t you want a brilliant smile that you can’t wait to show off? We thought so. Fortunately, getting rid of dental stains doesn’t have to be difficult. Our Forest Hills, NY, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, offers up many ways that you might be able to get your stains under control and enjoy a brighter smile.

Brush Regularly

If you aren’t someone who brushes twice a day, like they are supposed to, then now is the time to start doing it. Brushing twice a day ensures that you remove all plaque and tartar buildup from teeth, plus with a little whitening toothpaste you can prevent the development of new dental stains.

Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks

If your teeth are prone to staining then you’ll want to consider changing your diet to accommodate your smile. This means staying away from dark foods and drinks, as well as sports drinks, coffee, wine and tea, which can quickly stain up your white smile. When you do consume these kinds of foods and drinks, just remember to brush your teeth immediately after to prevent stains from forming.

Try At-Home Kits

Some people only have minimal stains that aren’t very noticeable but certainly bother them. If this is the case, you may not need to undergo our powerful whitening system in order to achieve the results you want. Sometimes whitening kits from your local drugstore can offer the subtle changes you need.

Of course, you will need to follow the directions completely to make sure that you are getting the results you want. Some patients find that unsupervised teeth whitening makes them nervous and would rather come into our office. This is particularly a concern for those with teeth sensitivity, as this symptom can often get worse during whitening treatment.

Professional Teeth Whitening

This is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options our Forest Hills dentist offers. After all, there is no simpler way to get your smile several shades whiter in often just one visit. If you want to visibly change the color and radiance of your smile and you’re on a time crunch then it’s time to find out if professional in-office teeth whitening is the best approach for removing your dental stains.

And if the idea of sitting in the dentist chair for an hour doesn’t sound ideal, then don’t hesitate to ask us about our professional at-home whitening kits, which will offer beautiful, more even results than anything you’ll be able to purchase at your local drugstore. In a matter of a week or two, you’ll start to see a whiter smile.

If professional teeth whitening is what you’ve been looking for in Forest Hills, NY, then it’s time you called and scheduled a no-risk consultation. We will examine your smile and make sure you are right for this treatment.

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
April 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how you can get a whiter smile quickly with in-office teeth whitening.teeth whitening

Is your yellowing, dull smile making you feel self-conscious? Do you feel awkward or even embarrassed to smile at those around you? If you find that you actually smile less because of dental stains, then our Forest Hills, NY, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, is here to provide a simple solution: teeth whitening.

What causes teeth to become yellow?

Unfortunately, this is a common part of the aging process. In this case it is the layer underneath the enamel—known as the dentin—that actually begins to darken. If you are a teeth grinder you may find that enamel thins out faster and your teeth become dull and yellow rather quickly.

Besides aging’s effects on your teeth, the foods and drinks you consume can also lead to a stained smile. If you are a smoker, then chances are pretty good that you deal with some pretty unpleasant stains as well. Some may even be rather dark and embarrassing.

Of course, dental stains can also be internal. Direct trauma, excessive fluoride consumption, taking certain medications such as antibiotics for a long period of time or even genetics can affect the color of your teeth.

Who is right for professional teeth whitening?

When it comes to getting teeth whitening in Forest Hills, NY, there are some things you should know. First of all, the stains that will respond to this treatment will be external stains. Our in-office teeth whitening system is strong, and it’s probably the highest concentration of bleaching gel available; however, this doesn’t mean that it can reach those deeper layers of the tooth to remove these stains. External, yellow stains caused by smoking, aging and what you eat will respond best to this treatment.

When you choose to get in-office teeth whitening, you’ll see results the moment your treatment is over. In fact, you may only require one whitening session to get the results you want. A lot will depend on the severity of your stains and just how much whiter you want your smile.

It’s also important to talk to us about any tooth sensitivity you may already have, as this treatment can sometimes temporarily increase sensitivity for a few days. Those who have restorations like fillings, crowns and bridges should also know that teeth whitening treatment will not whiten artificial structures; however, restorations can be replaced to match your more radiant smile.

If you have questions about teeth whitening and what it can do for you, call our Forest Hills, NY, dental office today to schedule your consultation. We would love to help you figure out whether teeth whitening is the right choice for you.

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
February 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth whitening your teeth can do more than just brighten your smile. It could also boost your confidence to help you feel great and teeth whiteningstrengthen your face-to-face encounters with others. But is teeth whitening right for you? Find out more about this quick and easy cosmetic dentistry procedure with Dr. Richard Lestz in Forest Hills, NY.

Could teeth whitening help me?
If you feel as though your smile is so dull, yellowed or stained that it affects your overall appearance, you could benefit from professional teeth whitening. Dentists recommend teeth whitening for patients over the age of 18 who wish to improve the appearance of their teeth. Patients should have realistic expectations for their final results. Most patients return for follow-up appointments every six months to a year to keep their smile up to par.

What about at-home kits?
While at-home whitening kits available from drug stores or online can lift the color of your teeth, they require continuous use over the course of several weeks or months to garner noticeable results. Professional whitening sessions can lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades in a single, hour-long appointment. Professional results occur much more rapidly and dramatically than at-home kits.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Forest Hills, NY
Your whitening session will require that you are in good dental health. This means that your dentist will need to take care of any instances of gum disease or tooth decay before your whitening session. You should report any tooth sensitivity to your dentist prior to your appointment so that he can adjust the settings of the treatment to accommodate your preference. Your dentist will help you choose the best treatment plan for you and be there for you to answer any questions or address any concerns.

For more information on professional teeth whitening treatments, please contact Dr. Lestz in Forest Hills, NY. Call (718) 544-9100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lestz today!

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