Teeth Whitening Midtown Manhattan
Tooth BleachingTooth whitening is a conservative, non-invasive treatment that results in a brilliant, opal smile.
Tooth whitening should be considered under these circumstances:
- Yellow, brown or gray staining of teeth
- Stains due to medications
- Stains from excess fluoridation (fluorosis)
Tooth whitening usually requires one 60-minute visit, but might need two or three, depending on the degree of staining. I prefer a combination of in-office and at-home techniques to achieve the desired level of whitening. During your initial (and possibly your only) visit, I will paint a 35% to 38% solution of hydrogen peroxide directly on your teeth, which will then be exposed to a high-intensity xenon halogen light for 20 to 40 minutes. During that same visit I will prepare custom-made trays that you will use at home for 8 to10 days with a solution of 10% to 15% carbamide peroxide. You need to apply them only 30 minutes a day, and they may be worn during sleep. (If worn longer than 30 minutes, no harm will occur, because after 30 minutes the solution will break down to water.)
Bleaching is not permanent and may require a touch-up every few years. The treatment entails minor, short-term inconveniences—temporary sensitivity and recommended avoidance of the following foods during the one- or two-week bleaching process:
- dark juices, red wine etc.