Teeth Whitening Specialist

CHW Cares

Medical Center & Comprehensive Dentistry located in Washington Heights, New York, NY

Many people find that one of the easiest ways to get a more attractive smile is to participate in professional teeth whitening treatments. CHW Cares, a multi-specialty practice in Washington Heights, Manhattan, offers teeth whitening services to New York City patients that remove stains and brighten your grin.

Teeth whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Removing tooth stains and discolorations is possible with teeth whitening, a cosmetic dental treatment that’s widely popular for a good reason. 

Whitening strips from a drugstore or grocery store may have some effect on the shades of your teeth, but professional whitening with your dental providers at CHW Cares makes much more of a positive difference.

While you may have a few options for teeth whitening, such as in-office treatments or customized take-home whitening trays, they all work by applying a bleaching solution to the surfaces of your teeth. 

Ingredients like hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide diffuse the pigments in your enamel to brighten your teeth by several shades. 

How does teeth staining occur?

Stains gather on your teeth over time; even if you avoid pigmented foods and drinks, the normal aging process alone causes teeth to yellow. The outer white enamel layer becomes more translucent and shows the yellowish dentin underneath. 

Some of the most common causes of tooth staining and discoloration besides aging are:

  • Tobacco products and smoking
  • Berries and juices
  • Coffee, tea, and cola
  • Certain medications
  • Traumatic injuries

Crowns, veneers, and other dental restorations will not stain from any of these processes. It’s a good idea to whiten your teeth before getting them, so all your restorations and nearby teeth look uniform in color. 

Does teeth whitening remove all stains?

Teeth whitening works best for lightening yellow stains or discoloration; brown stains might lift a bit too, but not quite as much. If you have any teeth that appear gray or have white spots, which are a sign of decay, these teeth won’t see much of a difference with whitening either. 

Tooth discoloration from medications or traumatic injuries will not lighten no matter which bleaching products or whitening treatments you choose to use. Veneers might be a more effective alternative for this type of discoloration.

How long do the results of teeth whitening last?

After teeth whitening, the renewed brightness of your teeth will last for up to 2-3 years as long as you’re conscious about the foods, drinks, and products you consume. 

New stains can still appear on your teeth, but keeping your teeth clean, using whitening toothpaste at home, and rinsing your mouth after meals can extend your teeth whitening results. 

You can repeat teeth whitening treatments according to your dental provider’s instructions at CHW Cares.

With professional teeth whitening, you can enjoy a more striking smile. 

 

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