Posts for tag: teeth whitening

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
June 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal bleaching” method, which can only be performed in a dentist's office.

There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood. One of the more common causes, though, occurs from root canal treatments used to remove the remnants of the pulp tissue inside a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Certain cements used during the procedure to help seal in the filling material and leftover blood pigments can cause the tooth to darken over time.

To alleviate this discoloration, we use a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate mixed with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a safe, accelerated color change. After determining that the root canal filling is still intact and the bone is healthy, we create a small cavity in the back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The chamber is cleaned of any debris or stained material and then thoroughly irrigated. The original root canal filling is then sealed off to prevent leakage from the bleaching agent.

We then place the bleaching agent in the cleaned-out space with a cotton pellet and seal it in with a temporary adhesive. This step is repeated for several days until we achieve the desired shade of white. Once that occurs we then seal the dentin with a more permanent filling and then restore the cavity we created with a composite resin bonded to the enamel and dentin.

If we’re successful in achieving the desired color, intrinsic whitening could help you avoid more costly options like veneers or crowns for an otherwise healthy and attractive tooth. The end result would be the same — a beautiful smile without those unsightly stains.

If you would like more information on treating internal tooth stains, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”


Home whitening kits are a popular way to turn a dull smile into a dazzling one. But these self-applied products only work for teeth with outer enamel stains — if the discoloration originates inside a tooth, you’ll need professional treatment.

Known as “intrinsic staining,” this type of discoloration most often occurs within a tooth’s pulp or dentin layers. There are a number of causes like tooth trauma or tetracycline use at an early age. A root canal treatment used to remove infection from deep within a tooth can also cause discoloration: sometimes blood pigments left after tissue removal or the filling materials themselves can stain a tooth’s interior.

Intrinsic staining can often be treated by placing a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate, into the tooth’s pulp chamber. But before undertaking this procedure on a tooth that’s undergone a root canal treatment, we want to first ensure the filling is intact and still adequately sealing the tooth from infection. We also want to make sure the supporting bone is also healthy.

If all’s well, we access the pulp in the same way as the root canal treatment, and preferably through the same access hole. We then clean out the pulp chamber of any stained matter and then ensure the root canals remain filled and sealed off from the pulp chamber.

We can then place the bleaching agent into the pulp, a process that will need to be repeated every three or four days to achieve the desired level of brightness. After each session we place a cotton pellet over the opening and held in place with a temporary adhesive; we can easily remove and re-apply this covering during subsequent sessions. Once we’ve achieved the desired color change, we seal the tooth with a permanent filling and restore the access cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin material bonded to the enamel and dentin.

There are other options for an intrinsically stained tooth like veneers or crowns that outwardly cover the discoloration. Internal bleaching, however, is a more conservative approach that causes less alteration of the tooth. If successful, it can restore a stained tooth to a brighter, more attractive shade.

If you would like more information on internal bleaching, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Our teeth rarely stay as white as we would like them without the help of Dr. Jeffrey Mason in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. With his dental teeth whiteningexpertise, your teeth can be restored to their natural appearance. Teeth whitening is typically done in a professional dental setting is an effective and safe approach to brighten your smile. Teeth whitening is considered one of the most economical cosmetic dental procedure.

More about Teeth Whitening in Hasbrouck Heights

Professionally-supervised teeth whitening from Dr. Mason works faster than other options. It also protects the gums and tooth-root surfaces the best. Having an oral dental examination before any teeth whitening process is important as it can make sure that your tooth discoloration is not because of a dental condition that needs to be treated.

Perhaps the most popular professional teeth whitening method is in-office whitening. This offers the fastest results with powerful whitening solution applied to the teeth. The gums and tooth-root surfaces are covered first. Next, a retractor is placed in the mouth to hold the lips and cheeks away from the teeth as the hydrogen peroxide gel is applied. The gel is left on for about an hour’s time. When it is removed, results will be obviously almost immediately.

To make sure that your teeth whitening results remain as long as possible, maintain a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. Dental professionals recommend at least twice a day brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. Avoid foods and beverages that are known to stain the teeth including wine, tea and coffee. A minor touch-up every so often will maintain your smile regularly.

To learn more about teeth whitening, schedule an informative appointment with our professional dentist, Dr. Mason, in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, today at (201) 288-4447.

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
April 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You can renew your smile with teeth whitening treatments from your dentist. Stains from foods, beverages, medications or smoking can teeth whiteninggive your teeth a dull or discolored appearance. Professional strength teeth whitening treatments applied by experienced dental staff provide long lasting results in a short period of time. In just one appointment, you can enjoy significantly whiter and brighter teeth. Dr. Jeffrey Mason provides teeth whitening treatments and other cosmetic dentistry services in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

Whitening Treatments

There are several over-the-counter whitening products available for use at home, including whitening strips, toothpastes, gels and rinses. However, none of these products contains the same level of high-quality bleaching agents that professional whitening treatments do. Additionally, it can take a long time to achieve any noticeable results with over-the-counter products. Professional whitening treatments deliver results quickly, in as little as one application. Further, the results of professional whitening treatments can last up to five years.

Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist are the most effective method for whitening and brightening the teeth. If you are considering professional teeth whitening, it is important that your teeth and gums are already healthy. Whitening treatments do contain bleaching agents that can be harsh on sensitive gums. Fortunately, dentists who specialize in cosmetic dentistry in Hasbrouck Heights can take precautions to prevent irritation, such as applying a protective gel to the gums before beginning the teeth whitening treatment.

Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist are an excellent way to renew your smile. Your teeth will be whiter and brighter in a single treatment and the results can last for several years. The procedure is simple and you’ll walk out with a renewed smile in just one visit. For professional teeth whitening, see Dr. Mason, your cosmetic dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (201) 288-4447.


Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”