Having discolored teeth can make you want to hide your smile at all costs. But you should want to show off your teeth. How can you get the pearly whites that you really want? Dr. Rajeev Upadya of Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry, a cosmetic dentist in East Hanover, NJ, offers some options.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
At Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry, we offer Zoom teeth whitening. The process takes about an hour in our office and is good if you have an event coming up and you need whiter teeth ASAP. With the Zoom procedure, your smile can be up to eight shades whiter after that simple hour.
To start, a special bleaching gel is applied to your teeth. Our staff takes care to make sure it doesn’t irritate your gums. Then, it’s activated with a special light. You’ll get protective eyeglasses to protect your eyes as your teeth get whitened. The gel penetrates stains on the teeth but is gentle. You may have a bit of sensitivity immediately following the procedure, but you should be able to eat and drink with no issues after a couple of hours.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
At-home teeth whitening is a gradual process to slowly whiten your teeth to the shade you’re looking for. This is professional-grade whitening that won’t be patchy or irritate your soft tissue like over the counter whitening options might. Dr. Upadya will create bleaching trays that are customized to your smile, ensuring an even whitening process that won’t damage your gums or tooth enamel.
Your whitening treatment will take place over a number of weeks. Depending on your preference, you’ll wear the bleaching trays for a certain amount of time during the day or overnight. Dr. Upadya will help determine the amount of time based on the shade of white you want your smile to be.
With some stains and discoloration on the teeth, traditional teeth whitening may not work, even when it’s professional-grade. In particular, certain medications can create permanent stains on your teeth. In this instance, the dentist might recommend that you get porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers consist of a thin layer of high-quality dental ceramic that’s bonded to the outside of your tooth, covering it like a shell. This means the complete stained tooth is covered and looks like new! The veneers can be shaped and sized to match the surrounding teeth so that they blend in perfectly. The shade can either be customized to fit your surrounding teeth, or you can go whiter if you choose.
Cosmetic Dentistry in East Hanover, New Jersey
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