Coffee, tea, cola, and berries not only stain your clothes, but they also make your teeth look dull. Fortunately, teeth whitening offers a simple solution for smiles that aren't quite as bright anymore due to stains or the natural effects of aging. Here at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY, your dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin, can help erase stains and whiten your entire smile—read on to learn how!
How whitening can help your smile
Dullness is unavoidable if you eat foods and beverages that contain dark pigments. When you sip your morning coffee or enjoy a handful of blueberries, tiny stain-causing pigments seep into microscopic openings in your tooth enamel.
After a while, these pigments can make your smile look dull, even if you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. In response, professional teeth whitening targets the source of the stains and eliminates them.
At our Katonah office, your dentists use a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel that naturally breaks apart these dark pigments. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe, natural bleaching solution that offers dramatic whitening results.
Whitening takes less time than you may think
The entire whitening process only takes about an hour at the dentist's office. After your gums and roots are covered with a protective gel, retractors will be placed in your mouth to keep the whitening gel from touching your cheeks.
It only takes a few minutes to apply the gel to your teeth, and it generally stays on there for around 30 minutes. Once the whitening gel is removed, your teeth will be noticeably brighter. In fact, most people notice a three-to-eight shade difference after whitening.
Making a few changes can prolong your results
Your teeth will stay whiter for two-to-three years after whitening, but you can extend your results by avoiding or limiting foods/beverages that stain teeth. If you can't face the day without your morning coffee or tea, drinking those beverages with a straw can help you avoid new stains.
Your dentist can also give you take-home whitening trays that make occasional touch-ups easy.
Interested? Give us a call
Would you like to whiten your smile? If so, call your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental, at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment.