Over time, teeth can yellow and lose their natural brightness, leaving you with a lackluster smile. At Academy Dental Care in Westfield and Chatham, New Jersey, Dr. Ella Shuster offers the latest technology in laser teeth whitening to bring renewed vibrancy and brightness to your teeth in a surprisingly small amount of time. Call Academy Dental Care for your consultation to learn more about laser teeth whitening today.
Your teeth are prone to two types of staining: intrinsic and extrinsic discoloration.
Intrinsic discoloration refers to the darkening of the inner structure of the tooth, namely the dentin. This is caused by:
This refers to the discoloration that occurs on the outside of your teeth, mainly to the enamel, which is stained by:
Finally, aging causes natural discoloration to both the inside and outside of your teeth as your enamel wears thin and your dentin yellows.
In-office laser teeth whitening is a quick and easy alternative to take-home solutions that require weeks to be fully effective. In fact, after just one 30-minute appointment, you will see a dramatic difference in your teeth, sometimes up to 10 shades whiter. The whitening works by applying multiple coats of high-grade whitening gel with a state-of-the-art laser to activate the gel’s whitening power.
The big difference between this procedure and the products you find in the store, such as whitening toothpaste, mouth washes, strips, and gels, is that they don’t contain peroxide in high enough doses to effectively remove stains. They also don't remain on your teeth long enough to be effective before saliva neutralizes the active ingredient.
Another advantage to the laser system is that the treatment is targeted and does not adversely affect the rest of your mouth or your surrounding gums.
If you take good care of your teeth, the effects of the whitening can last six months to two years, and sometimes more, before a follow-up treatment is required. In some cases, you may need more than one visit to get the desired results, depending on your whitening goals and the extent of the discoloration.
Dr. Shuster will discuss a treatment plan with you that will successfully, and quickly, whiten and brighten your smile.