So You Want a Brighter Smile?

Whitening Options for  a More Radiant Smile.

NEWS ARTICLE 01.19.2016


Eastside Dental Medicine

Your Options for a Brighter Smile


Over the past decade, patients have more options for whitening teeth.  From in-office laser bleaching to at home whitening strips, we have created a break  down of the options that can provide you with a whiter, more radiant smile.


Take home trays:

Using this method, impressions are taken, and our in house laboratory fabricates custom trays that fit snugly over your upper and lower teeth.  The trays are filled with prescription strength whitening gel, and placed over the teeth for about twenty minutes.   You can apply the gel up to twice daily.  While we have seen some excellent results with take home trays, it may take several days or even weeks to achieve the significant results.   This method is also heavily dependent on patient compliance and following your dentist's instructions.  For this reason patients often turn to  in-office, Zoom whitening, and use  take home  trays to touch up or further whiten after the Zoom procedure.


In office ZOOM:

Zoom will provide instant results of up to 8 shades brighter teeth.  With Zoom whitening, teeth are isolated, and a light activated whitening gel is applied to the teeth.  A light, with a specific wavelength, is brought close to the teeth to activate the gel.  The gel is left on the teeth for up to 15 minutes and the procedure may be repeated up to three times in a single visit.


Over the counter whitening strips:

While over the counter whitening strips are the most economic whitening option, they often don't achieve the results that Zoom and take-home trays can.  They give you minimal result.  In some cases whitening strips may be a great way to "touch up" your smile.


Whitening Toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes contain polishing or chemical agents that aid in the removal of surface stains.  Unlike the solutions mentioned above, whitening toothpastes are not designed to change the color of the teeth.  Whitening toothpastes can be used in conjunction with other whitening methods to assist in giving the teeth a brighter appearance.  If you choose to use a whitening toothpaste, be sure it has the American Dental Association seal of approval, indicating the toothpaste is safe and effective at removing surface stains.


A note about whitening your smile:

If you have  composite fillings, veneers, or crowns on your front teeth, be advised these restorations will not whiten; only your natural tooth will be affected by whitening solutions.


Also, it is especially important during and immediately after whitening to avoid  foods and beverages  that stain your teeth (coffee, wine, berries, etc.). Even after whitening, one should avoid these foods and beverages to maintain results.   Finally, patients with sensitive teeth may have a hard time whitening.  In some cases, we may recommend a special gel that can be placed over the teeth prior to whitening in order reduce sensitivity.




From January 1st to February 15th, 2017 EastSide Dental Medicine is offering 20% Zoom Whitening.  This exclusive opportunity also includes COMPLIMENTARY take home trays and whitening gel.  Please contact the office at 212.758.9498 or click here to schedule a whitening appointment.





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