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Teeth whitening services from your Katonah, NY dentists at ParkLin Dental alleviate the stains that naturally accumulate on the surface of your enamel. If you see yellow, brown or grayish discolorations on any or all of your teeth, find out if you're a candidate for this safe, effective and budget-friendly service. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin see patients of all ages and walks of life become proud of their smiles again.
Just what is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening in Katonah is a very popular cosmetic dentistry service. Accomplished at the dental office or in the privacy of your own home, whitening lifts deeply embedded organic matter out of the mineralized matrix we call tooth enamel. Dental stains come from a variety of sources such as cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, coffee, soy sauce and other darkly-pigmented and/or acidic foods and beverages.
While there are many over the counter whitening products on the market today--things such as whitening strips, mouth rinses and toothpastes--nothing is as effective or as safe as the procedures used by your cosmetic dentist. Why is that so?
Frankly, drugstore whitening products aren't powerful enough to dramatically enhance tooth color. However, if their active ingredient--hydrogen peroxide--is applied incorrectly, it can produce substantial irritation of the gums, lips and other soft oral tissues. Teeth may become sensitive, too.
The best whitening comes from ParkLin Dental. Dr. Park or Dr. Lin carefully evaluate their prospective whitening patients to ensure they are decay-free and that their gums are healthy, too. Then, each patient can choose whatever whitening process fits their needs and convenience best.
Who is most interested in teeth whitening treatments? Millions of people are. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists says that nearly 90 percent of people who want their teeth straightened also want them whitened.
The whitening process
The in-office treatment takes about an hour. The patient comfortably sits in the treatment chair as the dentist swabs on the powerful peroxide gel. A protective dam keeps the cheeks retracted and away from the bleaching agent. Then, the gel penetrates the tooth surfaces over the course of an hour. At the end, the gel is rinsed off and teeth are noticeably brighter--by eight shades or more in most cases.
If someone chooses at-home whitening, he or she applies a less concentrated whitening gel via custom-made acrylic trays. These appliances accurately place the bleaching gel on the teeth so there's no seepage onto gums or other tissues. When consistently worn for the prescribed length of time daily, patients have dramatically whiter smiles in about a week.
To keep a whitened smile bright, try to avoid tobacco and limit staining foods and beverages. Brush and floss according to American Dental Association guidelines, and see your dentist twice yearly for a thorough cleaning and oral examination.
Get that great smile
Find out more about teeth whitening at ParkLin Dental in Katonah. You'll enhance your appearance and boost your self-confidence, too. Call (914) 232-8182 today for a whitening consultation