A bright white smile is a sign of youth and health, so it’s no wonder that professional teeth whitening treatments are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. Many patients in the Midtown Manhattan area near Bryant Park and Grand Central trust Jessica Pandich, DDS to help them get brighter, whiter smiles. She offers a variety of in-office and at-home treatments for your convenience. Call Dr. Pandich today or schedule a consultation online to find out which teeth whitening treatment is right for you.
What are the available teeth whitening options?
Dr. Pandich offers both in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening treatments to whiten your smile and lift stains. In-office treatments usually take about an hour to brighten your smile by several shades. At-home treatments require more time, you may need to wear your custom dental trays with whitening gel for up to an hour every day for two weeks, but the bleaching gel is milder and you can use the whitening trays at your convenience.
Are at-home teeth whitening systems effective?
You fill your custom-molded trays with the gel and fit them over your teeth. Your trays are custom-made to ensure that the bleaching gel remains in place and on the surface of the teeth for the designated period of time. This form of whitening is more gradual than in-office whitening but allows you to control the whitening process and to stop when the desired results are achieved.
How does in-office tooth whitening work?
In-office teeth whitening is an in-office procedure that offers immediate and lasting results. After placing a soft plastic lip guard in your mouth, covers your gums with a barrier creme, Dr. Pandich applies a thin layer of whitening gel to the surface of the teeth. Then, while you wear protective goggles, she directs a special light onto your teeth, which activates the gel and accelerates the stain removal process.
What about over-the-counter teeth whitening products?
Teeth whitening is incredibly popular and there are a number of teeth whitening products available at any drugstore. In general, these products can provide a slight boost in color, especially when they are used regularly. However, none of them even come close to the power of professional teeth whitening products and services.
While over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments aren’t as effective as professional options, they can help you maintain the effects of Dr. Pandich’s whitening procedures. You should also avoid tobacco products, and limit your consumption of coffee, wine, and other products that can stain your teeth.