You’ve most likely heard of professional teeth whitening
treatments offered at your dentist office, such as at Alan Pressman DMD
in Spring Valley, but you may have wondered if they are worth it. After
all, there are plenty of whitening products available over the counter
that also promise great results. While these products – gels,
toothpaste, strips, etc. – are somewhat effective, they do not produce
the same dramatic results that you would see with professional
Whitening products utilize an active ingredient called hydrogen
peroxide. Over-the-counter products are effective only at removing
surface stains on the teeth. To penetrate the teeth and treat deeper
stains, only professional treatments will work. They contain a higher
concentration of hydrogen peroxide and can break up stains beneath the
surface, making them less visible and allowing the natural whiteness of
the teeth to be seen more clearly.
In-office whitening treatments are generally safer than treatments
you would perform on your own at home. This is because your dentist is
trained in using the products safely and has the equipment needed to
keep both the teeth and gums healthy. A whitening treatment will usually
take 60-90 minutes to complete.
After your dentist takes note of the current shade of your teeth and
selects the desired shade, your teeth will be polished with pumice to
remove plaque on the surface. Either gauze or a dental dam will be
placed around the teeth to keep them dry for the duration of the
procedure and to keep the gums protected from the whitening solution.
Retractors may also be used to keep the cheeks, lips, and tongue out of
the way during the treatment. The whitening solution will then be
applied only to the front surface of the teeth and activated with a
curing light or laser. Depending on the product, it will either be left
on the teeth for 30-60 minutes or reapplied until the desired shade is
reached. At the end of the treatment, the teeth will be rinsed, and a
fluoride application may be used to help with tooth sensitivity. You
should stay away from teeth-staining products like wine, coffee, and tea
for at least 24 hours after your treatment to maintain the best
To achieve a whiter, brighter smile, schedule an appointment for
teeth whitening treatment at Alan Pressman DMD in Spring Valley.
Currently not accepting Medicare at this time.