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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
July 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
3ReasonsYouShouldConsiderToothWhitening

White, translucent teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful smile. But with age or the foods we eat our teeth’s natural brightness can dim to a dingy yellow.

If this is your case, you may be able to benefit from teeth whitening techniques that brighten up your less than “pearly whites.” A teeth whitening treatment from time to time could put the dazzle back in both your smile and your self-confidence.

Here, then, are 3 reasons for considering tooth whitening to improve your smile.

You might be able to do it yourself. There are a number of home whitening options (including whitening strips) that are safe and effective to use at home. But there are a couple caveats: because your dentist can use stronger bleaching solutions they may be able to perform the procedure in less time and with longer lasting results than a home kit. Also, some forms of staining originate inside a tooth—a home kit won’t help with that kind of discoloration.

It’s safe and relatively inexpensive. Home bleaching solutions aren’t strong enough to be harmful (unless you disregard the product directions) and are usually not very costly. Your dentist uses stronger solutions but with the training and curing equipment to minimize any risk to your teeth. And compared to other cosmetic treatments, dental office teeth whitening is still a relatively inexpensive option.

Dental office whitening can be more comprehensive and precise. Another reason to opt for your dentist to whiten your teeth is the wide range of discoloration they can alleviate. They have clinical techniques for alleviating internal tooth staining, and could even combine these with treatments for external staining. Your dentist can also help you achieve the exact degree of whiteness you desire—from a more subtle, natural shade to “Hollywood Bright.”

Whitening isn’t permanent—but with a thorough application and avoiding foods and habits that contribute to staining, professional whitening effects can last up to two years. If you’re interested, see your dentist for a full dental examination for any issues that might interfere with the whitening process. From there, you’re not far from a brighter and more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening and other dental cosmetic enhancements, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter….

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
February 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
3QuestionsYouShouldAskbeforeUndergoingTeethWhitening

There are a number of teeth whitening options to put the brightness back into your smile — from professional dentist office applications to over-the-counter products for home use. But before you decide on an option, you should first consider whether whitening is right for you and to what extent.

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself — and us — before undergoing a whitening treatment.

Do I have any dental problems that make whitening problematic? The underlying cause of the staining may stem from decay, root canal problems or other dental issues; in these cases the underlying cause needs to be treated first, because whitening would only mask the actual problem. You also may not want to whiten your teeth for aesthetic reasons: people with certain features like short teeth or gummy smiles may find these features become more prominent after teeth whitening. It might be more advisable in these cases to consider other cosmetic options first.

How much whitening do I really need to improve my smile? One of the biggest myths about teeth whitening is the brighter the shade the more attractive the smile. A truly attractive tooth color, however, is more nuanced, and every person’s ideal color is different. The most attractive and natural color is one that matches the whites of your eyes.

What effect will whitening have on existing dental work I already have? In most cases, none — and that could be a problem. Composite resins or ceramic dental material have their color “baked in” and bleaching chemicals used in whitening have no effect on them. The concern then is whether whitening nearby natural teeth may produce a color mismatch between them and the dental restorations, resulting in an unattractive appearance.

Before you decide on teeth whitening, visit us first for a complete exam and consultation. We’ll discuss whether whitening is a good option for you, or whether there are other issues we should address first. We can also advise you on products and techniques, and how to get the most from your whitening experience.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
February 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
August 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

There’s a reason why tooth whitening is an 11 billion dollar per year industry. Patients are rightfully concerned about the appearance of teeth whiteningtheir teeth because it affects how youthful and healthy a person looks. If your teeth are dull or yellowed, the best solution for effective and long-lasting whitening is available at the dentist’s office. Get a better understanding of what you can expect when you have your teeth whitened by a dentist at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ in Bergen County.

How Teeth Become Discolored
Teeth are naturally an eggshell color, but over time they can turn yellow or even brown for a number of reasons. Here are a few ways that teeth become discolored:

  • Eating foods and drinking beverages that contain a lot of color, like blueberries, wine and coffee.
  • Not keeping up with regular morning and evening brushing sessions.
  • Taking some antibiotic medications and using some mouthwashes.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco.

What Is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Your dentist in Bergen County offers teeth whitening as a solution to discolored and stained teeth. Each tooth is treated with a gel that’s formulated with a high percentage of hydrogen peroxide. After about an hour, the gel removes the discoloration and leaves with a smile that’s up to eight shades brighter.

The Benefits of Whiter Teeth
There are a few key benefits of teeth whitening that may encourage you to look into this treatment ASAP:

  • You look significantly younger when your teeth are whiter.
  • When you’re in professional and social settings, your confidence increases (and other people notice).
  • When your teeth are more attractive and whiter, you are more likely to prioritize caring for them.

Take the First Step to a Better Looking Smile
Now that you’re more familiar with the overall teeth whitening procedure, call Gentle Dentistry in Bergen County today at (201) 384-1611 for an appointment. In just one afternoon you can get your beauty and confidence back when you smile.

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
May 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Have your teeth darkened, stained or yellowed over time? The American Dental Association says that the 5 top reasons for changes in teeth whiteningtooth enamel color are:

  • dietary choices (coffee, red wine, blueberries, soy sauce)
  • the aging process
  • smoking and chewing tobacco
  • pharmaceuticals such as chemotherapy and radiation for cancer, high blood pressure medications, and tetracycline, among others)
  • accidents, such as a blow to the mouth, or procedures, such as root canal therapy

While professional teeth whitening procedures from your Bergen County dentist won't brighten intrinsic stains from drugs or trauma, it will significantly change teeth discolored from extrinsic sources such as diet and smoking. What kind of teeth whitening is best? Ask your dentists at Gentle Dentistry of Haworth, NJ.

How Teeth Whitening Works

All teeth whitening systems--whether over the counter strips or professionally applied gels--use some form of hydrogen peroxide. Combined with water, hydrogen peroxide essentially bleaches away staining material caught in the mineral matrix of the tooth enamel. Use of store-bought products runs the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity and of simply not working. On the other hand, professional teeth whitening is fully supervised to minimize or eliminate sensitivity and to maximize effectiveness.

At-home and In-office Teeth Whitening

At Gentle Dentistry of Bergen County, your dentist will help you decide what kind of teeth whitening is right for your smile. A thorough oral exam always precedes any cosmetic dentistry service, including teeth whitening. Your doctor wants to be sure teeth are free of extensive restorations, decay and gum disease. It's important to note that whitening does not work on crowns, porcelain veneers and tooth-colored fillings.

If an individual is a good whitening candidate, they may choose the fast in-office treatment or the more gradual at-home application. The dental team carefully protects the soft tissues of the mouth with a rubber dam or retractor and swabs on the powerful peroxide gel. In about an hour, the gel is removed, and teeth look up to 8 full shades brighter.

The at-home version features custom-made whitening trays that fit on the top and bottom teeth. The patient fills the trays with supplied hydrogen peroxide gel and wears the trays for the prescribed amount of time daily for about 2 weeks. The at-home results, while more gradual, are just as spectacular as the in-office kind!

With good oral hygiene--brushing and flossing twice daily--and semi-annual cleanings and check-ups at Gentle Dentistry you can make sure your teeth whitening lasts. Touch-ups, limiting staining foods and smoking cessation are highly recommended.

Would You Like to Smile Confidently?

You can with professional teeth whitening from Gentle Dentistry in Bergen County. Set-up a cosmetic dentistry consultation today, and ask about professional teeth whitening and other great services to transform your smile and your self-confidence. Call (201) 384-1611 for an appointment.