Empire Dental Group of New Jersey
Alla Pavlushkin, DDS
General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Old Bridge, NJ
If you use tobacco, drink coffee, or eat tomato-based foods, you’re also more likely to experience yellow or brown teeth. Teeth whitening provides a quick, painless solution that can cut through years of discoloration, transforming your smile. At Empire Dental Group of New Jersey, Alla Pavlushkin, DDS, and the team offer both in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening trays. To schedule an appointment at the Old Bridge, New Jersey, practice, call to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online today.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
Why are my teeth discolored?
The natural aging process is the leading cause of tooth discoloration. Over the years, your bright white tooth enamel breaks down and wears away revealing the yellow dentin underneath.
Other factors that cause your teeth to lose their pearly white luster include:
- Using tobacco
- Drinking dark beverages with tannins like red wine and coffee
- Eating tomato-based foods like curries or pasta sauces
- Oral trauma
- Taking a medication with tetracycline
Poor oral hygiene can also play a role. If you want to reduce the risk of stains and build-up, it’s important to brush twice daily and floss regularly.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry technique that uses bleaching solutions to eliminate stains and discoloration. There are dozens of teeth whitening systems available, but most use carbamide peroxide to whiten the teeth. Carbamide peroxide is a harmless chemical that provides long-lasting, repeatable results.
What are the types of teeth whitening?
Dr. Pavlushkin and the team offer several types of teeth whitening, including:
In-office teeth whitening
In-office whitening is so effective, it can make your teeth up to eight* shades brighter in just one treatment. During in-office whitening, Dr. Pavlushkin covers your gums and tongue with a protective rubber dam. She then applies a whitening solution to each of your teeth.
The whitening solution penetrates your enamel, beginning an oxidation process. The process transforms the molecules in your teeth to reflect less light. That makes them appear colorless, restoring your smile to a Hollywood-worthy condition.
Take-home teeth whitening trays
If you don’t have time for an in-office whitening treatment, consider take-home whitening trays. Prior to treatment, Dr. Pavlushkin takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental lab. The lab creates two custom mouthpieces that fit your teeth perfectly.
Once you receive the mouthpieces, Dr. Pavlushkin gives you a bottle of bleaching solution and a syringe. You transfer the bleaching solution to each mouthpiece with the syringe and wear them for several hours a day, whenever is most convenient.
Does teeth whitening provide permanent results?
The results of teeth whitening aren’t permanent, but they last an average of four to six months. To ensure your teeth remain bright and white, brush twice daily, floss regularly, and visit Dr. Pavlushkin every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To see if you’re a candidate for teeth whitening, request a consultation at Empire Dental Group of New Jersey. Book online or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.