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Teeth Whitening Specialist

Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Bloomfield, NJ

If you want to brighten your smile for an upcoming event like senior pictures or a wedding, teeth whitening provides a quick and convenient way to take action. At Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC in Bloomfield, New Jersey, the expert general dentists offer several types of teeth whitening treatment, including in-office chairside whitening and take-home whitening kits. Take the first step toward a pearly white smile by booking an appointment online or calling the office to speak with a staff member today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why do teeth change color?

Teeth change color for various reasons, including the natural aging process. As you get older, your enamel wears down revealing the dentin underneath. Dentin is yellow. As it becomes more visible, your teeth appear darker.

Other factors that cause tooth discoloration include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Taking medication with tetracycline
  • Drinking beverages with tannins like coffee or black tea
  • Eating foods like curry, tomato-based sauces, or berries

You might also develop discolored teeth due to tobacco use. The tar from cigarettes and chewing tobacco can stain your teeth, making them appear brown or dingy.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening at the dentist is a cosmetic procedure. It uses professional-grade, FDA-approved bleaching solutions to minimize the appearance of stains and discoloration. 

Most whitening treatments use carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. These harmless ingredients present no side-effects and provide results that can last for several months.

What are the types of teeth whitening?

Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC offers several types of teeth whitening, including:

In-office professional teeth whitening

In-office professional teeth whitening can make your teeth up to eight shades* lighter in just one appointment.

During in-office teeth whitening at the dentist, your provider covers your tongue and gums with a protective dam. They then apply a bleaching solution to each tooth and let it rest for several minutes. Afterward, they point a light at your teeth that triggers a whitening reaction. Your dentist repeats these steps again, until achieving your desired shade of white. 

Take-home teeth whitening kits

Take-home whitening kits allow you to brighten your teeth on your own time. Each kit contains two custom mouthpieces, a bottle of whitening gel, and a syringe. You use the syringe to transfer the gel to the mouthpieces and wear them several hours each day, whenever is most convenient. 

How long does teeth whitening last?

The results of teeth whitening at the dentist typically last 4-6 months and sometimes longer. If you want to keep your teeth in optimal condition, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. 

Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC recommends brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for oral exams and professional cleaning.

You might also want to avoid drinking coffee, soda, and red wine or quit using tobacco.

To transform your smile with teeth whitening, request a consultation at Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC. Book online, or call the office to speak with a staff member today.

*Individual results may vary.