Teeth Whitening

Belmont Dental Associates

General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Haledon, NJ & Caldwell, NJ

For a dazzling, white smile like the celebrities you see in the movies or on television, try the variety of teeth whitening options available at Belmont Dental Associates. Schedule a teeth whitening consultation with Dominick A. Lembo, DMD, and the team at either the Caldwell or Haledon, New Jersey, location to learn about all the options. Book online or call the practice to make your appointment.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes tooth discoloration?

The tooth discoloration you see in the mirror can come from consuming certain food or beverages known to stain teeth, for example, drinking coffee or red wine. These stains are extrinsic stains that your dentist at Belmont Dental Associates can usually treat with professional teeth whitening.

Age-related discoloration occurs when your dentin — the interior tooth material surrounding tooth roots — becomes darker or yellow and thins, allowing the dentin to show through.

Intrinsic discoloration affects the interior of your tooth and is often caused by exposure to tetracycline or too much fluoride during childhood and dental trauma. Veneers or crowns are typically the treatments to address age-related or intrinsic discoloration.

What are the available teeth whitening options?

The team at Belmont Dental Associates offers in-office and at-home teeth whitening options.

In-office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening procedures offer you a brighter, whiter smile in approximately one hour. Your dentist starts this process by gently inserting a soft, plastic mouth guard into your mouth to protect your gums, lips, and cheeks. Next, they apply the bleaching solution to your teeth, and you wear protective goggles while a laser directed toward your teeth activates the whitening gel

When your treatment is complete, your dentist turns off the laser, wipes away the whitening gel, and removes the mouth guard. You go home with a bright, white smile.

At-home Teeth Whitening

If you prefer whitening your teeth on your schedule, you take home custom trays and a professional-strength whitening solution. You fill the trays with the whitening gel and wear them overnight or for a few hours any time of day. Depending on the extent of the discoloration, you may need to repeat this process every day for a week or more.

Is professional whitening better than an over-the-counter product?

Professional teeth whitening treatments are more effective than over-the-counter products you buy at the drugstore. Dentists have the training required to apply stronger bleaching agents that whiten teeth more quickly and laser technology to accelerate the process. Thus, you’re less likely to experience side-effects like tooth sensitivity because your teeth are exposed to the bleaching gel for shorter times.

Call or schedule an appointment online today to get the bright white smile of your dreams.

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