Dentist, Edward Filangeri provides dental treatment services in Lake Ronkonkoma New York. Our dental care services include: Family, Childrens, Cosmetic, General, Dental Implant, Orthodontic, Restorative and Preventive Dentistry. Other dental treatment services include: dental root canal treatment, gum disease treatment, oral cancer screening, dentures, sleep apnea, white dental fillings, dental crowns, bridges and veneers, smile makeovers, dental digital imaging and oral hygiene care.
Monday, 27 February 2012
Many teeth whitening systems are available,
including whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, and
trays, and whitening agents obtained from a dentist.
Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have
healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums. Individuals with yellow tones
to their teeth respond best. But this cosmetic procedure is not recommended for
Find out if teeth whitening is right for you.
All toothpastes help remove surface stains because
they contain mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle
polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal
effectiveness. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only and do
not contain bleach; over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain
carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that helps lighten the color deep in
the tooth. Whitening toothpastes can lighten your tooth's color by about one
shade. In contrast, light-activated whitening conducted in your dentist's
office can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.
Whitening Strips and Gels
Whitening gels are clear, peroxide-based gels
applied with a small brush directly to the surface of your teeth. Instructions
generally call for twice a day application for 14 days. Initial results are
seen in a few days and final results are sustained for about four months.
Whitening strips are very thin, virtually invisible
strips that are coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel. The strips are
applied twice daily for 30 minutes for 14 days. Initial results are seen in a
few days and final results are sustained for about four months.
Among the newest whitening products available are
whitening rinses. Like most mouthwashes, they freshen breath and help reduce
dental plaque and gum disease. But these products also include ingredients,
such as hydrogen peroxide, which whiten teeth. Manufacturers say it may take 12
weeks to see results. You just swish them around in your mouth for 60 seconds
twice a day before brushing your teeth. However, some experts say that rinses
may not be as effective as other over-the-counter whitening products. Because a
whitening rinse is only in contact with the teeth for such a short time -- just
two minutes a day compared to 30 minutes for many strips -- it may have less of
Tray-based tooth whitening systems, purchased
either over-the-counter or from your dentist, involve filling a mouth
guard-like tray with a gel whitening solution -- which contains a peroxide-bleaching
agent -- and wearing the tray for a period of time, generally from a couple
hours a day to every day during the night for up to four weeks and even longer
(depending on the degree ofdiscoloration and desired level of whitening).
In-office bleaching provides the quickestway to whiten teeth. With in-office
bleaching, the whitening product is applied directly to the teeth. These
products can be used in combination with heat, a special light, and/or a laser.
Results are seen in only one, 30- to 60-minute treatment. But to achieve
dramatic results, several appointments are usually needed. However, with
in-office bleaching, dramatic results can be seen after the first treatment. This
type of whitening is the most expensive technique.
Long Do Teeth Whitening Effects Last?
Teeth whitening is not permanent. People who expose
their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness
start to fade in as little as one month. Those who avoid foods and beverages
that stain may be able to wait one year or longer before another whitening
treatment or touch-up is needed.
The degree of whiteness will vary from individual
to individual depending on the condition of the teeth, nature of the stain, the
type of bleaching system used, and for how long.