Riverdale Dental Arts
Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Riverdale, Bronx, NY
Has your smile lost some of its bright, white gleam? If so, professional teeth whitening is a great option, and it’s among the services available from Sheldon Kupferman, DDS, of Riverdale Dental Arts in Riverdale, New York, in the New York City borough of the Bronx. If you’d like to learn more about what teeth whitening can do for your smile, schedule a consultation online or over the phone today.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
Why are my teeth less white than they used to be?
Many different factors can cause your teeth to become discolored. The primary culprit is the aging process, and most people will experience yellowing over the course of their lives.
This is due to the structure of your teeth. The outermost layer of teeth is a thin shell of white tissue called enamel. Just beneath lies a layer of hard tissue called dentin, which is naturally yellow in color. Over the years your enamel slowly thins, exposing more of the yellow dentin layer.
Additional causes of tooth discoloration include:
- Tobacco use
- Food and drinks that stain, including berries, coffee, tea, and potatoes
- Poor dental hygiene
- Certain diseases
- Certain medical treatments and medications
- Exposure to high levels of fluoride
If you notice your smile fading, professional teeth whitening can help brighten and whiten your teeth.
How does professional teeth whitening work?
Dr. Kupferman uses the Philips ZoomⓇ teeth whitening system to perform in-office teeth whitening. One of the most popular teeth-whitening platforms in the nation, the Zoom platform can boost the shade of your smile significantly in just one office visit.
On the day of your appointment, you’ll relax in the comfort of the treatment chair. Dr. Kupferman protects your lips, gums, and other soft tissues prior to beginning the whitening process.
The powerful Zoom hydrogen peroxide gel is carefully applied to the front areas of your teeth. A special LED light is directed to the treatment area, activating the gel to blast apart stains and areas of discoloration.
The treatment process takes about 15 minutes to complete, and your entire visit takes less than an hour. You can relax and listen to music or read as the Zoom formula works to whiten your smile, and Dr. Kupferman removes the gel and rinses your mouth thoroughly at the end of the process. A special gel is applied to reduce post-treatment tooth sensitivity.
What can I do to sustain my results after professional teeth whitening?
Once you see your bright, white smile you’ll want to do everything you can to sustain those results. Begin by limiting consumption of food and drinks known to stain your teeth, and rinse your mouth or brush your teeth gently after meals.
Abstaining from all forms of tobacco use can also go a long way toward preventing additional discoloration. Be sure to embrace a great dental hygiene routine to keep your smile healthy and bright.
Over-the-counter whitening toothpaste and mouthwashes can help extend your results in between professional teeth whitening visits. Ask Dr. Kupferman which products he recommends.
When you’re ready to learn more, book a consultation online or over the phone.