You’ve most likely heard of professional teeth whitening treatments
offered at your dentist office, such as at Alan Pressman DMD, dentist 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 treatment.
How Does Teeth
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
In-office whitening treatments are generally safer than treatments you
would perform on your own at home. This is because your Dentist Dr. Alan
Pressman DMD 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 Dr. Alan Pressman DMD, your dentist in Chestnut Ridge takes note
of the current shade of your teeth and selects the new, 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 special light.
Depending on the product, it will either be left on the teeth for 25 minutes or
15 minutes and reapplied until the desired shade is reached. At the end of the
treatment, the teeth will be rinsed, and a special application may be used to help
with tooth sensitivity. You should stay away from teeth-staining products like
wine, coffee, and tea or as Dr. Pressman says "Anything that can stain a
white T-shirt" for at least 24 hours after your treatment to maintain the
best results. These systems come with a take home component to maintain your
of Teeth Whitening in Rockland County’s, Spring Valley
There are many types of bleaching that you can try for
your teeth. Typically whitening start with toothpaste at home. It can help in brightening
your teeth but not actually sufficient to whiten them. At the dental office of
Dr. Alan Pressman DMD, we recommend toothpaste only as a part of the overall
whitening treatment but not solely by itself.
Over the counter whitening solutions such as strips and
trays work but not as well as professional dental procedures. Besides, over the
counter whitening trays are created to fit everyone’s teeth of, not
specifically yours. It means they can become loose, and the solution can get leak
resulting in the irritation of gums.
We advise that people in Rockland County’s Spring Valley
book an appointment with Dentist Dr. Alan Pressman. Our professional solutions
for teeth whitening can transform your smile’s appearance. Teeth whitening gels
that professional dentists use can whiten teeth by 8 shades compared to the 2
shades with the solutions bought from stores.
Rockland County Dentist Alan Pressman DMD in Spring
Valley, will first assess your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for
tooth whitening. Then he will determine the type of teeth whitening procedure
you require based on the type of stains your teeth have. These treatments are
much better than the over-the-counter solutions.
If you want dramatic and immediate results, in-office
whitening may be for you.
To achieve a
whiter, brighter smile, schedule an appointment for teeth whitening treatment
at Dentist Dr. Alan Pressman DMD in Spring Valley.