Teeth Whitening in NYC

NYC Cosmetic Dentists Serving Manhattan and New York, NY

Infographic: Five Ways to Brighten Your SmileTeeth stains are all but inevitable. Whether caused by the aging process, wine, food or smoking, most people experience tooth discoloration at some point. Fortunately, you can take simple steps to prevent stains and you can erase them with professional teeth whitening at NYC Smile Design.

Professional tooth whitening is the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedure in the country, and for very good reasons: it is much more effective, safer, more comfortable, and less aggravating than whitening with a store-bought kit. If your teeth are stained and you feel uncomfortable with their appearance, Dr. Elisa Mello or Dr. Ramin Tabib would be happy to discuss your teeth whitening options during your next visit to our Manhattan cosmetic dentistry office.

To schedule a tooth whitening consultation at NYC Smile Design, please call 212-452-3344. We welcome teeth whitening patients living in New York City and all surrounding areas.

Can Yellow Teeth be Whitened?

Absolutely. Tooth discoloration can be treated with professional cleanings, bleaching products, and cosmetic services such as porcelain veneers and dental bonding. The method of tooth whitening that will work best for your needs can be determined during your cosmetic dentistry consultation.

Types of Tooth Stains

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There are two types of tooth stains:

  • Stains above the enamel (extrinsic)
  • Stains below the enamel (intrinsic)

Extrinsic stains are caused by lifestyle choices such as tobacco use, frequent consumption of dark-colored foods and beverages, sodas and sports drinks, inadequate brushing, and infrequent dental visits. Under many circumstances, surface stains can be lightened, at least to an extent, through professional cleaning.

Topical Tooth Whitening Addresses Extrinsic Staining.

Maintaining a strong daily oral hygiene routine can help remove surface tooth staining before it sets. However, habits like daily coffee or soda consumption and using tobacco may render any at-home efforts ineffective. If you smoke, we cannot stress enough the importance of quitting – not just for the appearance of your teeth, but for the health of your mouth. Smokers are at a significantly higher risk for gum disease and oral cancer. Tobacco users are also at higher risk for tooth decay, chronic dry mouth, and relentless halitosis.

Intrinsic stains may be a result of the aging process. They may also be caused by external factors such as excessive fluoride in water (fluorosis), tetracycline and doxycycline, and mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride. Because they are located below the enamel of the teeth, these stains may not respond to topical bleaching.

Deep stains – those that occur beneath the enamel of the teeth – can still be treated and may even respond well to the in-office teeth whitening services offered at our Manhattan location. However, if staining is significant or unlikely to respond to tooth whitening treatments, we will discuss other cosmetic dentistry options that may work better for your needs. The best way to learn if tooth whitening or another service will most enhance your smile is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Tabib or Dr. Mello. Call us to set up your consultation today.

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Teeth Whitening Options at NYC Smile Design

NYC Tooth Whitening Options | In-Office and Take-Home Teeth Whitening

At NYC Smile Design, we offer both in-office and take-home tooth whitening options. These are:

  • Light Activated Laser Teeth Whitening - Light Activated Whitening is the safe and effective laser whitening treatment that our cosmetic dentists use for in-office teeth whitening. With light activated whitening, we can lighten your teeth several shades over the course of just one office visit. In fact, in-office tooth whitening can often lighten teeth up to ten shades in one hour. During your in-office teeth whitening, bleaching solution is applied to the teeth with the assistance of specially designed trays. Once the trays are in place, a laser is used to gently heat the solution, working to activate oxygen molecules that can penetrate enamel to remove stains. Unlike in-office teeth whitening without laser assistance, our process allows the bleaching solution to dissolve some extrinsic stains and may be effective even in cases of more pronounced discoloration. For good candidates, light activated whitening laser teeth whitening offers immediate results. It may also help reduce risks of sensitivity and gum irritation, both of which can result from over-exposure to topical bleaches.
  • Customized Take-Home Kits - For patients who prefer to whiten their teeth in the comfort and privacy of their own homes, we offer customized take-home whitening kits. These kits come with customized application trays that hug the natural contours and grooves of your teeth, enabling consistent and complete whitening of the enamel. Unlike store-bought kits, our teeth whitening trays are molded from models of your actual teeth, a benefit that also reduces risks of tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Take-home kits gradually lighten enamel over the course of three to four weeks. Worn daily during this time, these kits can lighten teeth several shades and are a wonderful option for men and women who would prefer teeth whitening at home. While this option is wonderful as a stand-alone for some patients, we also offer custom take-home whitening kits with each light activated whitening treatment. This way, you can touch up your light activated whitening results as time goes by.

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Is Teeth Whitening Bad for Your Teeth?

Teeth whitening is not bad for your teeth. The bleaching process can, however, cause temporary tooth sensitivity. Some products available through cosmetic dentists are even formulated with potassium nitrate and fluoride to reduce sensitivity and increase enamel strength.

When whitening is completed with over-the-counter application trays, solution seepage may occur. This can irritate soft oral tissue and increase tooth sensitivity and is one of the many reasons it makes sense to work with a dentist when it’s time to whiten your teeth.

How to Maintain Your Teeth Whitening Results

Keeping Teeth White After Bleaching | NYC

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Both of the teeth whitening options provided by our New York City cosmetic dentists are designed to be long-lasting. How you care for your teeth after treatment will, however, have a more direct role in the amount of time your results are visible than anything our dentists can do.

Fortunately, maintaining teeth whitening results is relatively easy. In many cases, it doesn’t even require much adjustment to routines you already have in place. You can work towards keeping your teeth bright and beautiful by:

  • Not smoking, chewing, or otherwise using products with nicotine
  • Reducing your intake of coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Drinking sodas and sports drinks through a straw
  • Reducing your intake of dark foods like berries and sauces 
  • Washing away stain causers with foods that stimulate saliva production such as apples, strawberries, celery, carrots, and pears
  • Swishing water in your mouth after eating or drinking so that stain causers don't sit on your teeth

In addition to these steps, you can help keep your teeth white by brushing after every meal and snack with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a slightly abrasive toothpaste. Remember, some types of toothpaste can scratch and damage dental restorations. We offer Remin Pro® at our office, a gentle water-based toothpaste that neutralizes harmful acids, restores lost mineral content, and gently whitens the teeth without abrasives. We would be happy to discuss this option with you during your teeth whitening consultation.

Proper dental hygiene can go a long way in keeping your teeth stain-free. Good teeth cleaning habits will fight the presence of cavity-causing bacteria and the food debris that leads to yellowing. Part of a solid oral hygiene routine is twice-yearly visits to our NYC office for professional cleanings and examinations. During these visits, we will help you maintain your tooth whitening results by removing surface stains and gently polishing your teeth. If it has been more than six months since your last cleaning, call us today to schedule your next appointment.

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How Long Does it Take to Whiten Teeth?

Chairside, in-office teeth whitening takes around 60 minutes. Take-home tooth whitening kits may take two to four weeks. Both options can lighten the smile several shades, eliminating surface staining to restore a bright and beautiful look to your smile.

Am I a Good Tooth Whitening Candidate?

Manhattan Teeth Whitening Candidate

If your teeth are stained, you may be the ideal teeth whitening candidate. However, stained or discolored teeth alone are not the only consideration. Good candidates for teeth whitening should be:

  • Free of gum disease, tooth decay, or tooth infection
  • Unhappy with the appearance of his or her smile
  • Willing to take steps to maintain results

Good candidates for teeth whitening should also have stains that can be diminished with topical bleaching. Intrinsic stains, particularly those caused by fluorosis and antibiotics can be incredibly resistant to tooth whitening. In fact, topical bleaching may enhance these stains as surrounding enamel is lightened. If you have tooth staining that is unlikely to respond to a topical bleach, we will discuss additional options such as:

  • Porcelain veneers – placed over the front of teeth veneers restore a bright and flawless appearance to teeth impacted by a number of cosmetic imperfections, including deep stains
  • Dental bonding – made from a dental resin that can be shaded and molded to produce an ideal tooth appearance, dental bonding is a safe, fast, and effective way to address intrinsic staining

These services are often used in conjunction with tooth whitening for a complete smile makeover. During this more involved cosmetic service, all aesthetic and functional problems impacting your smile will be addressed. The end result is a healthy, strong, and attractive smile that you will feel proud to show the world. During your initial consultation, we will listen carefully to your concerns, assess your teeth and gums, and help you determine which options will best protect and perfect your smile.

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Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

At NYC Smile Design, we use light activated whitening for in-office tooth whitening. With this service, the whitening power of hydrogen peroxide is activated by a low-heat laser to enhance results. The laser used with light activated whitening will not cause any discomfort. However, the hydrogen peroxide solution may result in temporary tooth sensitivity.

You can counter discomfort by using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth and avoiding particularly hot or cold foods and drinks for a few days after treatment.

Does Teeth Whitening Work on Restorations?

No, topical tooth whitening will not lighten stained restorations such as crowns or veneers. However, these restorations are often made of porcelain, which is stain-resistant, and should not quickly become discolored.

Once a dental restoration has yellowed, it will need to be replaced.

How Soon Will I See Results from Teeth Whitening?

Results from in-office tooth whitening are immediate. Results from at-home whitening can take a few days to start showing and up to four weeks to reach their peak. In both cases, the results obtained through teeth whitening can be maintained through touch-up treatments with your at-home kit or regularly scheduled visits to our Manhattan office.

How Often Will I Need to Have My Teeth Whitened?

If you are not performing maintenance treatments at home, you may need to visit our office every three to six months to preserve your teeth whitening results. Of course, much of this depends on the care you take of your teeth following your tooth whitening procedure.

During your initial consultation, we will discuss maintaining results and help you determine how frequently you may need to visit our office for touch-up treatments.

Will Teeth Whitening Remove Fluorosis?

Fluorosis is a condition caused by fluoride consumption – typically through municipal water supplies – during the developmental stages of the teeth. Marked by a mottled appearance, fluorosis is below the enamel of the teeth and does not typically respond to topical whiteners. In some cases, tooth bleaching can actually make fluorosis more pronounced by lightening the enamel surrounding the discoloration. This is similar to stains caused by tetracycline.

Fluorosis stains can be treated with dental veneers, bonding, or a porcelain tooth crown. During your initial consultation, we will assess your teeth to determine the types of staining present and recommend the best solution – or combination of solutions – for your specific needs.

How Much Does Professional Teeth Whitening Cost?

The cost of tooth whitening at the dentist’s office can range from $500 to $1,000 or more depending on the product being applied, the experience of the dentist, and the area in which you live. Take-home options with customized application trays are typically on the lower end of tooth whitening costs. In-office treatments, such a laser tooth whitening, can be up to three times as much, depending on technique.

Financing Teeth Whitening

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At NYC Smile Design, we strive to meet all of the oral health and beauty needs of our patients. To this end, we are happy to offer a number of payment options for our cosmetic dentistry services. We accept:

  • Cash and wire transfers
  • All major credit cards
  • CareCredit®

CareCredit is a healthcare financing company that offers a range of payment choices. Among these are 0% APR plans and fixed-monthly payments options, allowing the patient to choose the terms most suitable for his or her needs. You can apply for CareCredit at the link above or we can provide you with information about this and other financing options during your teeth whitening consultation.

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Contact Us

NYC Smile Design | Manhattan, NY

If you are searching for an experienced New York City teeth whitening professional, please call NYC Smile Design at 212-452-3344. Our caring and skilled cosmetic dentists serve Manhattan and the entire New York Metropolitan area.

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