Teeth Whitening East Hanover, NJ

Teeth Whitening: An Overview

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry. Practically anyone can benefit from teeth whitening, a quick and affordable way to improve the esthetics of your smile.

Tooth enamel darkens naturally over time. Exposure to dark foods and beverages or tobacco use can accelerate changes in the color of your teeth. In addition, certain medications, childhood illnesses, or improper oral hygiene can lead to tooth discoloration.

Dr. Raj Upadya of the Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry in East Hanover, NJ, offers convenient options for restoring your natural, bright smile with teeth whitening.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs Over-the-counter Options

Professional teeth whitening is much safer and yields faster results when compared to over-the-counter options. At-home and in-office options will maximize results while minimizing side effects such as tooth sensitivity and uneven results. We will protect your gums during the entire treatment to help with the side effedts. We understand that purchasing cheap teeth whitening products at the stores seems like a better option, but they are not as efficient as professional teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening will deliver predictable and noticeable results faster and with little effort.

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Teeth Whitening: What to Expect

There are many over-the-counter options for teeth whitening, including whitening toothpaste, strips, and gels. Professional treatment is still the best choice for patients who want the best results.

Dr. Upadya offers teeth whitening systems with custom-fit trays to ensure even whitening of teeth. In addition, our products are specially formulated to reduce tooth sensitivity, a common side effect of whitening.

Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Zoom! Teeth Whitening is one of the most popular technologies for in-office teeth whitening. Zoom teeth whitening is completed in our office in less than an hour and produces instant results up to 8 shades lighter.

Zoom teeth whitening is great for special events such as weddings, graduations, and job interviews. In-office tooth whitening can also provide a great “jump start” to at-home teeth whitening treatment.

Zoom teeth whitening uses a professional bleaching gel activated using a special lighting system. The gel penetrates the teeth to lighten stains and discoloration. The whole process should only take an hour at our East Hanover, NJ, area cosmetic dentist office.

Zoom whitening is gentle and effective. While some patients report tooth sensitivity immediately following the procedure, they typically can eat and drink normally within hours of the procedure.

At-Home Teeth Whitening 

Some patients prefer the convenience of professional at-home teeth whitening kits. Our at-home teeth whitening product includes a custom-fit bleaching tray and special bleaching gel. Dr. Upadya will create custom bleaching trays to fit perfectly against your teeth and gums.

These customized trays ensure that the bleaching gel will be administered evenly and properly without causing damage to the gums or tooth enamel.

At-home teeth whitening treatment takes place over several weeks where the trays are worn either during the day or overnight, depending on the patient, for a set amount of time.

Touch-up products are available to maintain your brighter, whiter smile.

Other Options for Teeth Whitening

Unfortunately, some people have teeth that will not respond to these teeth whitening methods. Dr. Upadya may suggest other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental crowns, tooth bonding, or porcelain veneers for those patients.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can improve the appearance of your teeth. Teeth that are discolored or stained and damaged can be fixed with dental crowns. A dental crown will cover the visible surface of the tooth down to the gum line. If you want a whiter smile and a professional teeth whitening treatment does not work, a dental crown may be your answer. Dental crowns will match the color of your surrounding teeth. We can also select a lighter shade, contributing to a brighter and more aesthetically pleasing smile. To learn more about the dental crown process, see Dental Crown.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment we use to improve the appearance of your smile. If your teeth do not respond to professional teeth whitening, dental veneers are a great treatment to brighten your smile. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that we will custom-make to cover the front surface of your teeth. They will mask discolorations, stains, and imperfections, providing a brighter and more uniform appearance. Not only will they whiten your teeth, but they will provide a permanent solution that will last much longer than teeth whitening. To learn more about the porcelain veneer process, see Porcelain Veneers.

Tooth Bonding

Dental bonding can contribute to a whiter smile by covering stained or discolored teeth. In the bonding process, a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the tooth’s surface and then sculpted and shaped. This material can be matched to the desired shade, helping to conceal stains and discolorations effectively. While dental bonding is not as durable as porcelain veneers, it is affordable and can be completed in a single dental appointment. It is a versatile and conservative option for improving the color and overall appearance of individual teeth, creating a brighter and more aesthetically pleasing smile. To learn more about the benefits of dental bonding, see Tooth Bonding.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

How much do teeth whitening services cost?

Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments available. The cost of your whitening treatment will depend on the type of whitening you choose and your desired outcome. Contact our office for more specific details.

Will bleaching cause my teeth to be more sensitive?

One of the more common side effects of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. Dr. Upadya carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments to ensure minimal side effects. The products we use are specially formulated to virtually eliminate sensitivity.

How long does whitening last?

The results of teeth whitening will vary based on each individual. Most patients can expect Zoom teeth whitening to last up to a year or more. Touch-up treatment every four to six months can help extend the results of your treatment. Visiting the dentist regularly and avoiding smoking and dark foods will also help to keep your teeth white and bright.

Will teeth whitening permanently whiten my teeth?

No. Even professional teeth whitening procedures can not offer permanent whitening results. Teeth whitening can last a long time but is not permanent. You must follow up with more treatments to keep the brightness for a long time.

Are there permanent alternatives to teeth whitening?

Yes. Dental veneers are an excellent, permanent solution for teeth whitening, especially for those teeth with deep dark stains that do not go away after teeth whitening. Porcelain veneers are highly stain-resistant and stay bright for years with proper dental hygiene.

What can you not do after teeth whitening?

After teeth whitening, we recommend avoiding food and drinks likely to stain, such as coffee, wine, soda, etc. We also recommend cutting out any smoking or use of tobacco products, as these will make your whitening effects wear off quickly.

Are you looking for a dentist who offers teeth whitening options in the East Hanover, NJ, area? Dr. Upadya offers his patients many cosmetic dentistry treatments to whiten teeth, including the Zoom teeth whitening system. We gladly welcome new patients. Call us today at (973) 287-3153 or request a consultation online.