When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they want to improve about their smiles, they answered “whiter teeth.” So, you’re not alone in wanting to brighten your smile. At Larchmont Family Dental, Dr. Avi Malkis offers professional teeth whitening treatments that are safe, comfortable, and effective for patients in the Westchester County of New York, including Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Harrison, and New Rochelle, New York. To get started, call the office or book an appointment online.
Professional, in-office teeth whitening is performed conveniently in Dr. Malkis’s Larchmont office. In general, the procedure isn’t painful, and most people read, relax, or listen to music during the treatment.
First, Dr. Malkis takes photos of your teeth. He then isolates the teeth with a short preparation and places a barrier over the gum tissue to protect against any irritation. After this, Dr. Malkis applies a bleaching gel containing carbamide peroxide to your teeth for about 15 to 30 minutes, and this process may be repeated with fresh gel if needed. After the final gel application, Dr. Malkis takes photos to compare the results to your pre-treatment shade.
If your teeth haven’t reached your desired shade, Dr. Malkis may recommend follow-up, in-office bleaching at a later date, or send you home with take-home bleaching trays.
Getting professional, in-office teeth whitening has several advantages over do-it-yourself kits that you buy at the store. These include:
The bleaching gel that Dr. Malkis uses contains a significantly higher concentration of carbamide peroxide, which makes for more noticeable results in a shorter time frame.
At-home whitening kits require a powerful light to activate the whitening agents, and that can leave your teeth feeling sensitive for several hours. In-office teeth whitening requires no halogen, LED, or laser lights, so you don’t have to deal with any discomfort afterward.
One way teeth become yellow is when the inner dentin of the tooth begins to lose its whiteness. Teeth can also become discolored due to stains caused by substances like coffee, wine, or cigarette smoke.
In-office tooth whitening techniques can reverse either kind of discoloration and revive your shiny white smile.
The results of in-office teeth whitening vary from person to person. In general, out of a total of 16 shades, a lightening of just two or three shades can make a noticeable difference. Professional teeth whitening can lighten your teeth anywhere from a couple of shades to as many as eight shades.
Dr. Malkis provides comprehensive consultations in which he discusses what shade you’d like to achieve. To get started, call the office today or book an appointment online.