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Is Professional Teeth Whitening Really Necessary?

Posted on March 6, 2013 by Dr. Mal Braverman

According to the Mayo Clinic, over the counter teeth whitening toothpaste will only slightly remove surface stains from teeth, such as those caused by drinking coffee and smoking. While that’s great news for people who only have minor teeth staining, it doesn’t do much good for those with deeper stains. In those instances, we at the New York City Cosmetic Dentistry Center can help you get whiter, brighter teeth in as little as an hour.

Why Do Teeth Become Stained?

There are many reasons that teeth become darker and sometimes stained, and one that no one can avoid is aging. In addition, regularly drinking coffee and smoking will stain teeth, as will tea, some juices, improper hygiene and just plain old genetics. People that attempt to rid their teeth of these stains are often disappointed because the over the counter solutions are diluted substantially in comparison with the professional methods Dr. Braverman uses. What’s worse, some of these products can actually harm your teeth.

What Options Do I Have?

Teeth whitening has come a long way, and today’s technology allows a dental patient to choose between a wide range of them. It’s possible to have your teeth cleaned in an hour with BriteSmile, or take your custom made bleaching trays home and whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. You’ll wear the trays 30 minutes a day for 10 to 14 days.

If you’d rather have the dentist be responsible for the procedure, you can choose the Power Bleaching method that uses a high concentration of bleach, which is then activated by a special light. This type of treatment lasts between one and five years, depending on your lifestyle.

Get the Smile You Want

While over the counter teeth whitening methods can be tempting, the reality is that if you want a whiter smile, you’ll need to visit a dentist. They have access to more powerful methods and techniques, and you can feel confident that they won’t harm your teeth. Don’t settle for only

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