Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to boost your appreciation for your smile. At Impressive Dental Care in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Lea Planzos, DMD, MS, Penny Planzos, DMD, MS, and Thomas Planzos, DMD, offer professional in-office teeth whitening to remove stains caused by tobacco, food, and beverages. Call Impressive Dental Care today or go online to schedule an appointment.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that removes stain-causing pigments from your teeth. As you get older, certain habits, foods, and the natural aging process contribute to your teeth becoming duller and yellower as stains build up.

Most people find whiter teeth to be the most flattering for their faces, and teeth whitening can do the job in a single dental visit. Some whitening procedures take place in the office at Impressive Dental Care using a bleaching product and a curing light to activate it. Impressive Dental Care offers teeth whitening using Philips® Zoom!® and Kör® Whitening.

If you don’t have the time for an hour-long teeth-whitening appointment at Impressive Dental Care, you have the choice of using whitening trays that you can take home and use with a weaker bleaching product.

Which stains does teeth whitening remove?

In-office bleaching is the most effective way to remove stains that discolor or tarnish your teeth. The three main teeth stains that whitening can remove or lighten are:

Extrinsic stains

Extrinsic stains are in the tooth enamel, the outermost layer of a tooth. They come from eating and drinking pigmented foods and beverages like berries and cola. Tobacco products also stain your teeth.

Intrinsic stains

Intrinsic stains have penetrated beyond the enamel to discolor the dentin below it. These stains happen when your enamel gets thinner, either from poor dental hygiene or normal wear.

Age-related stains

With time, your teeth naturally get yellower as the dentin shows through the thinning enamel. This discoloration can’t be improved with professional teeth whitening like extrinsic and intrinsic staining can.

What are smile makeovers?

Smile makeovers are cosmetic and reconstructive dental care plans that improve many features of your smile. Your smile makeover at Impressive Dental Care can include several state-of-the-art treatments, including teeth whitening.

If you include teeth whitening and a restorative procedure in your smile makeover, you must get teeth whitening first so that your dentist can match the color of porcelain or composite resin to the shade of your freshly whitened teeth.

To learn more about the teeth whitening process and its benefits, schedule a consultation over the phone or online today at Impressive Dental Care.