Teeth Whitening

East Village Dental PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY

Teeth whitening is becoming increasingly popular. A 2017 survey found that 45 million Americans or 14% of the adult population had teeth whitening. At East Village Dental in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the team proudly offers two types of teeth whitening treatment: Philips Zoom!, and take-home teeth whitening trays. If you dream of achieving a whiter, brighter smile, make an appointment by calling the New York City office or clicking the online booking tool today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth yellow and discolored?

Your teeth become yellow and discolored as part of the natural aging process. As you get older, the outer layer of your teeth, called enamel, chips, cracks, and flakes away. 

This allows the inner portion of your teeth or dentin to show through. Dentin is naturally yellow in color; the less enamel you have, the yellower your teeth appear.

Other factors can also contribute to yellow or stained teeth. Some common culprits include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Using tobacco products
  • Drinking dark-colored beverages
  • Trauma
  • Disease

You might also develop yellow or stained teeth as a result of taking prescription medications that contain tetracycline.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry that works to eradicate stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth. 

The majority of modern teeth whitening treatments use carbamide peroxide, a harmless chemical that safely and effectively scrubs and transforms yellow and brown teeth. 

Are there different types of teeth whitening treatment?

At East Village Dental, the team offers the following teeth whitening treatments:

Philips Zoom!

Philips Zoom! in-office teeth whitening can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter.* During Philips Zoom! teeth whitening, your dentist covers your tongue and gums with a rubber dam.

 Next, they carefully apply a bleaching solution to the surface of your teeth. After the solution sits for a few minutes, your dentist points a special light at your teeth that triggers a chemical bleaching reaction. Your dentist repeats this step 3-4 times, transforming your smile. 

Take-home teeth whitening trays

If you don’t care about achieving immediate results, you may want to consider take-home teeth whitening trays. Take-home whitening trays fit the unique contours of your teeth. You fill them with a prescription bleaching solution and wear them for 3-4 hours at a time. Slowly but surely, the whitening solution removes stains and discoloration from your teeth. 

How long does teeth whitening last?

Teeth whitening treatment isn’t permanent, but it can provide results for 4-6 months at a time. To extend your results, make sure to practice good oral hygiene. You should also avoid using tobacco products or drinking dark-colored beverages like coffee and soda. 

If you want a whiter, brighter, and healthier-looking smile, a teeth whitening treatment can help. Make an appointment at East Village Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.

*Individual results may vary.