Is your smile not as bright and shiny as you’d like? At Park Slope Dentistry Seventh Avenue, Dr. Angelique Freking and Dr. Ronald Teichman have a number of ways to erase the discoloration on your teeth so that your smile will once again light up the room. There are multiple options for you to choose from, depending on your goals, timeline, and budget. If you want a brighter, healthier looking smile call our office or book online today.
Teeth Whitening Q&A
Why do teeth become discolored?
Everyday, we eat and drink foods that are colored with natural and artificial pigments. These pigments get trapped in the tiny pores of our teeth (yes! even teeth have pores). Over time, this can dull your naturally white enamel. Some of that pigment can be polished off with toothpaste or by our hygienists, but if you want to achieve your brightest smile, the pigment trapped inside the enamel must be bleached away.
What teeth whitening options do you offer?
We offer multiple modes of whitening, from Zoom in-office bleaching for the quickest, most dramatic effect to trays with gel you can use at home. We’ll work with your needs and budget; whitening is safe and a very easy way to boost confidence in your smile.
What happens during a professional whitening appointment?
Zoom whitening typically takes about an hour. You’ll be offered Advil, but it isn’t required if you prefer to go without. We’ll then isolate your gums and cheeks from your teeth to assure the strong peroxide gel doesn’t touch anything but your teeth. The peroxide gel is applied, then after a short period of time rinsed off. This process is repeated 3-4 times. A desensitizing agent is applied for a brief period of time, and then you’re complete! While in treatment, headphones and/or television will be provided for entertainment.
Are there any side effects from a professional teeth whitening procedure?
Temporary sensitivity is a very common side effect of whitening. This can be reduced by using toothpaste formulated for sensitivity one week prior to treatment and one week after. Some people even experience sharp, short bursts of pain from one or more teeth. This can be very alarming but is quite common, is very short in duration and does not cause any damage to the nerve. We typically recommend Advil after the procedure and can even get you numb prior to starting the procedure if you’d like to reduce the chances of experiencing a “zinger.”