Garden State Dental of Toms River
1200 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753
A yellow smile can make you look older than your years. If you are ready to rejuvenate your look with a gleaming, white smile, our experienced teeth bleaching dentist can help. We offer fast, effective, and affordable in-office and at-home teeth whitening options. Call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
Our various whitening treatments are a safe and effective way to remove many common types of tooth discoloration. Unlike the whitening options found in stores, or professional products are highly concentrated to provide results that you will notice immediately. Our dentist will oversee each step of the process to ensure that you are completely satisfied.
The cosmetic dental whitening procedure works best on teeth that are stained by the long-term consumption of certain dark-colored foods and beverages. The process can also remove stains caused by smoking. The whitening process is not effective on discoloration caused by genetics, certain medications, and decay that is deep within the tooth. If you have veneers, fillings, crowns, or other types of dental restorations, you may need additional repairs to match the color with your lightened teeth since restoration materials do not respond to bleaching.
The first thing that you can expect is a thorough dental exam to determine the underlying cause of your tooth discoloration. If the dentist determines that cosmetic teeth whitening is right for you, he or she will help you find the best option for your needs.
The actual steps of the whitening process can vary slightly based on the system used, but the typical process starts with a thorough cleaning to remove surface stains and debris. It is common for the dentist to take pictures to assist in monitoring the results of the treatment. In order to access the affected teeth, the dentist will insert a cheek retractor into your mouth and apply a protectant to your gums to shield them from the bleaching gel. The bleaching gel is then applied to the teeth one coat at a time. Each coat is left on for a specific amount of time and then removed. At the end of the process, the dentist will determine if you need additional treatments to achieve the desired results.
While there are numerous teeth whitening options available online or in retail stores that are less expensive than professional whitening, they typically do not provide the same type of results. If you want the convenience of whitening your teeth at home, our dentists can help. We can provide personalized at-home whitening kits that contain professional-strength bleaching gel and a custom-fitted whitening tray. When used as directed, it is possible to lighten your teeth up to six shades by wearing the trays as little as an hour a day for two weeks. We will also provide you with detailed instructions on how to use your teeth whitening kit to ensure the best possible results.
The short answer is no. Over-the-counter teeth whitening gels, strips, toothpastes, rinses, and trays are not as strong as professional products. Over-the-counter products may provide some improvement by removing superficial stains, but they will not provide the same level of whitening as a professional treatment. There is also a high risk for user error with do-it-yourself products, which can lead to uneven results, gum irritation, or other complications.
The cost of the teeth whitening procedure is based on the type of system used and the number of treatments required. There may be additional costs if you need follow-up visits or repairs to correct the appearance of any dental restorations. We will provide you with an estimate of your cost following a consultation with one of our expert dentists.
Proper oral care will help you keep your smile bright for as long as possible. This includes daily brushing and flossing and visiting the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning. Lifestyle and dietary habits, such as smoking or drinking lots of coffee, can also cause the results of your teeth whitening to discolor prematurely. Brushing or rinsing your teeth after every meal can help limit the buildup of stains. Most patients can expect the results of teeth whitening to last anywhere from two years to 10 years.
You don’t have to live with the embarrassment of stained teeth. Our teeth whitening treatments can restore luster to your smile and improve your self-confidence. Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation.