Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic & General Dentistry of New City

Dentists located in New City, NY

Whiter teeth make your smile look better, and a professional teeth whitening treatment is an easy and minimally invasive way to make your teeth brighter. Joel Scheir, DDS, and Danielle Scheir, DMD, offer high-quality teeth whitening at Cosmetic & General Dentistry of New City in New City, New York, giving their patients the stunning smiles they want. Find out more about teeth whitening by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a process wherein your dentist removes the stains from your teeth to make your smile whiter and brighter. It’s one of the quickest, easiest, and least invasive methods for improving the appearance of your smile, making it one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among patients.

How do teeth become less white?

Your teeth might lose their whiteness due to:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Drinking too many dark beverages, like coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Early exposure (before eight years old) to tetracycline antibiotics
  • Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco
  • Injury, infection, or tooth decay

It’s also natural for your teeth to change color as you age. Over time, the hard outer layer of your teeth (enamel) gets thinner due to natural wear and tear. Meanwhile, the inner layer of your teeth (dentin) gradually yellows. The combination of thinning enamel and yellowed dentin makes your smile less white.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

In order to safely and effectively whiten your teeth, your mouth needs to be healthy. Your dentist needs to treat any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health concerns before you can whiten your teeth.

Teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, so it’s also important to note any restorations you have, like fillings, crowns, or bridges, will be a different color than the rest of your teeth after whitening. Your dentist can work with you to replace your restorations after your whitening treatment so that your smile is uniformly white.

What are my teeth whitening options?

Cosmetic & General Dentistry of New City offers two different methods of teeth whitening: in-office whitening or take-home whitening.

In-office whitening

With Philips Zoom!® in-office whitening, your dentist can make your smile several shades whiter and brighter with just one hour-long visit to the office. First, they protect your cheeks, gums, and lips with special tools and gels, then they carefully apply a professional-strength bleaching solution to the surfaces of your teeth. Finally, they shine a special light on your teeth to help accelerate and enhance the whitening process. 

Take-home whitening

Take-home whitening enables you to whiten from the convenience of your home. Your dentist uses an impression of your mouth to fabricate custom-fitted whitening trays and provides you with a whitening solution to take home with your trays. You fill the trays with the whitening solution, then put them on your teeth, where they fit snugly and keep the bleaching gel in constant contact with your teeth. You wear your trays daily for a prescribed amount of time, giving you a noticeably whiter smile in just a matter of weeks.

Schedule your teeth whitening with Cosmetic & General Dentistry of New City today by calling the office or booking your visit online.