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Teeth Whitening 101 – Everything You Need To Know

Posted on April 1, 2020 by drbraverman

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Why Should You Whiten Your Teeth?

When it comes to dental health, most people focus on brushing, flossing, and an occasional visit to the dentist. Chances are that more than half of the people reading this article only visit the dentist when they have a problem, more so, they have never thought about whitening their teeth for a brighter smile.

Confidence and self-esteem

It may sound like a beauty thing but teeth whitening is more than just dental cosmetics. The reasons why people whiten their teeth from time to time go deeper than just looking good and enchanting the public with a stellar smile.  A white and clean set of teeth often gives you more confidence to talk and engage with other people. Such confidence is handy when you are hanging around a group of elite people that you need to impress, you are attending a job interview, or going on a date and other events. When you feel confident about yourself your self-esteem is increased and you are bound to do well in whatever event you are attending.

This is even a similar application for models that are getting ready to go for a photoshoot or to grace the runway. A nice smile makes you feel good about yourself and when you feel good the people that see or engage with you respond in a similar manner.

Younger look and feel

If you did not know, sparkling white teeth give you a younger appearance. As you age, your teeth lose that natural white color and develop a progressive yellowness. It does not matter whether you brush your teeth as per recommendation or not, this is a natural phenomenon that will happen eventually. Teeth whitening retains that young-looking smile that’s guaranteed to make you feel some years younger and impress the people you engage with.

Attending special events

Special events make for another good reason to treat your teeth to some cosmetic dentistry procedures like whitening. Many people take to teeth whitening in preparation for a wedding, class reunions and other similar events. The fact that these events are likely to be documented for life through pictures and videos is enough to make one want to look their very best and a smart smile is a very good start.

Other reasons for whitening your teeth include:

  • To make lasting first impressions
  • To gain an appealing smile
  • To remove stains and unattractive discolorations on your teeth

New York Dentist Doing Teeth Whitening Procedure On Woman's Teeth

Is professional teeth whitening really necessary?

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 Teeth Whitening 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.

What if teeth bleaching doesn’t work?

Teeth bleaching, which is sometimes called teeth whitening, is a great option for many people who want to have a bright white smile. Unfortunately, some people’s teeth simply won’t respond to the procedure. That’s because some of them took certain medications that darkened their teeth and those types of stains are almost impossible to rectify. Other people just spent years consuming tea, coffee, dark juices or wine and their teeth are too stained to respond to teeth bleaching. Sometimes the stains come from the interior of the tooth so external bleaching methods just won’t work. But the good news is that people with seriously stained teeth have other options.

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Porcelain veneers to the rescue

For those people who aren’t candidates for teeth bleaching, Dr. Braverman recommends that they be fitted for porcelain veneers. These strong veneers are bonded to the teeth, and will cover any type of stain. What’s more, if you have chips, gaps or uneven teeth, the veneers can cover those impactions, as well.

What’s the Procedure for Porcelain Veneers?

To get the look you want with porcelain veneers, the dentist will first file down your teeth to create a straight, even smile. This will expose the first layer of tooth, which is the perfect bonding surface for the porcelain veneers. Once done, he or she will attach the veneers to the teeth, and permanently bond them. No one will be able to tell that you’ve had porcelain veneers placed on your teeth.

Guy Smiling After Teeth Whitening Proedure in New York City

Teeth Whitening Procedures That Work and Don’t Work in NYC

Many people love a hot cup of coffee at the start of the day or a glass of red wine during a dinner with friends. These are a couple of examples of beverages that are delicious, but they can also stain teeth, especially when you enjoy them on a frequent basis.

Porcelain veneers and other dental procedures in NYC

Fortunately, there are teeth whitening techniques that can produce dramatic results making teeth many shades whiter and creating a dramatic and attractive appearance. Dr. Mal Braverman can recommend many dental procedures from whitening to porcelain veneers in NYC to fix tooth problems. To schedule an appointment, Call Him At 212-688-3838 Today!

Effective whitening techniques

There are many over-the-counter products that promise to give people whiter teeth. Some of them work better than others, but it can be almost impossible for consumers to know which ones will work and which ones won’t.

Whitening toothpaste is affordable and doesn’t require any kind of change or addition to your daily tooth-care routine. However, whitening toothpaste can take many weeks before it yields any noticeable results. Also, repeated use of certain over-the-counter toothpastes can lead to sensitive teeth.

There are also at-home teeth whitening gels that use a stronger concentration of the same whitening agent as the toothpaste. These gels can be messy to use, and they are not going to be as strong as the professional-strength gels used by a dentist.

The best and most dramatic technique for getting teeth whiter is only available through a dentist. Using a stronger whitening gel along with special trays and a light to activate the whitening agent, the dentist can achieve very dramatic results in just one visit.

These results will last longer and make your teeth a few shades whiter in just an hour. The truth is a lot of consumer whitening products just don’t work as well as they promise. Results take a lot of time, and tooth sensitivity is always a risk.

Dr. Mal Braverman in NYC can make a dramatic difference in just one visit and give you beautiful results that will last for weeks or months. If your tooth problems are more severe, he can recommend porcelain veneers or other procedures to restore your smile.

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