Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening
While there are a number of teeth whitening options—both natural remedies and over-the-counter products—sold in stores that claim to lighten the shade of teeth, these treatments often lack the bleaching agents necessary to produce a noticeable, powerful change. Most over-the-counter whitening solutions, such as rinses and whitestrips, simply remove food and debris from the surface of the teeth, failing to penetrate the deeper layers of enamel where years of discoloration typically reside. In turn, the outcome achieved with store-bought products can be limited, or require months of repeated use to yield a distinct change. Similarly, more recent trends in charcoal teeth whitening and coconut oil teeth whitening generally do not have the effectiveness, or immediacy in results, as professional treatment. Generally speaking, the best way to ensure you are receiving the highest quality of teeth whitening possible is to pursue a personalized regimen from an experienced cosmetic dentist who can assess your unique needs. Our practice offers both at-home and in-office treatments so you can lighten your teeth at your leisure and convenience.
What Are My Teeth Whitening Treatment Options?
At-home Teeth Whitening
We have found that at-home, dentist-supervised teeth whitening is the most popular choice among our patients. The at-home bleaching method begins with a visit to our office, where you will be fitted for your teeth whitening trays. During this visit, Dr. Ed Romano or Dr. Robert Bizzarro—our cosmetic dentists—will take a mold of your teeth and mouth, from which he will create a comfortable, custom mouth tray. To bleach the teeth, you will fill the trays with the teeth whitening gel – a gentle yet effective solution containing hydrogen peroxide, which bleaches stains on the teeth. You will wear the trays either overnight or in two- to four-hour stretches throughout the day. The former approach usually takes about one to two weeks, and the latter about three to five weeks.
In-office Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser teeth whitening, the alternative to at-home whitening, is performed at our office in Morristown. With in-office teeth whitening, the dentist applies the whitening solution to the teeth and activates it with a special laser. The treatment usually takes about an hour to complete, so you can leave our office after just one visit with a dazzling new smile. Although laser teeth whitening is more expensive than take-home trays, patients who choose this method enjoy the convenience of a single-visit treatment that has the added bonus of requiring no trays. The results of laser bleaching may not be as long-lasting as those produced by at-home methods, so subsequent treatments may eventually be necessary.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, contact Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey. We can schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss which option—at-home or in-office whitening—will best suit your needs.
What is the Best Teeth Whitening Option For Me?
Drs. Romano and Bizzarro understand that our patients have a diverse range of needs, and you may be wondering which treatment option is the most ideal whitening solution for your unique lifestyle. Upon a consultation, our cosmetic dentists will work with you to develop a custom-designed treatment plan that can achieve your aesthetic goals while accommodating your unique sensitivity levels and preferences in frequency of whitening. This is typically the most effective approach to attain the desired final outcome and ensure treatment remains conducive to your schedule in the process.
How is Tooth Sensitivity Managed During Teeth Whitening?
After completing at-home teeth whitening, patients may temporarily experience increased sensitivity in the teeth and gums; this typically subsides within a week. While the amount of whitening solution can be tailored to each patient’s varying degrees of sensitivity, our team has provided a few tips on how to manage any discomfort before, during, and after bleaching:
- Use oral hygiene products specifically designed to combat or diminish sensitivity, such as Sensodyne® toothpaste
- Begin using a soft-bristled toothbrush to lessen the impact of whitening agents on damaged areas
- If sensitivity becomes extremely uncomfortable, lessen the frequency of whitening treatment
- Rinse with fluoride mouthwash
If sensitivity persists or becomes unmanageable, please raise this concern with our cosmetic dentist, as this can indicate a cavity or other oral health problem.
How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?
Neither at-home nor in-office whitening provides permanent results (whitening treatments begin to fade in about one to four years), and “touch-up” treatments will eventually be necessary. Patients should also note that teeth whitening cannot be used on the porcelain or ceramic materials used in dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or caps. If the whitening effect is not as pronounced as desired, subsequent treatments may be necessary.
My appointment was for teeth whitening and had the pleasure of having Nathalia as my dental assistant. She also performed the procedure and was very insightful and informative on the work that was being done. She made my 2 hour visit very comfortable and enjoying and cared for me throughout. I cannot begin to tell you how satisfied I was with Nathalia. Great person and personality.
March 06, 2017
Schedule A Teeth Whitening Consultation
If you want to dramatically improve your smile, consider teeth whitening – one of the quickest, easiest ways to take years off your appearance. Schedule a complimentary teeth whitening consultation by contacting Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey today. We can discuss your options for revamping your smile.