Posts for tag: Teeth Whitening Cosmetic Dentistry

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth Whitening ResultsDrs. Jeffrey Mason and Seth Perlmutter offer teeth whitening in his Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, office, or provides you with a take-home-kit.

What the difference between an in-office procedure and home-kit?

The take-home-kit is custom designed for your teeth and needs by your Hasbrouck Heights dentist. The results take longer to show themselves than when using an in-office procedure, but this is better than over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits you get at your local store, and it's convenient for busy individuals. Your doctor gets an impression of your teeth and creates a mold so that two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays, one for your upper teeth and the other for your bottom teeth, are made for you. All you need to do is fill each tray with whitening gel provided by your dentist, position each tray over the upper and bottom teeth, then wait for about an hour. You may need to repeat the process to see the results you want.

An in office procedure is done at your doctor's office of course. They place a device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed your mouth. This device ensures soft tissue in your mouth don't come in contact with hydrogen peroxide gel and other high-concentration bleaching gels used by your doctor to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth and leave it for a few minutes. The procedure takes about one-hour. If your dental stains are severe, you may need more than one session.

The reasons for discolored teeth may be one of the following, or a combination:

  • Drinking too much tea and coffee and eating too many berries can also stain your teeth.
  • Not maintaining a healthy oral and dental regiment may contribute to plaque and tartar buildup.
  • Chewing tobacco and smoking can cause the accumulation of stains on teeth.
  • Aging does play a factor because the dentin under the tooth enamel is yellow and is exposed over time.
  • Not eating healthy foods like apples scrapes away plaque and drinking enough water can help remove food debris from teeth.
  • Medications like certain antibiotics can stain teeth.

To ensure teeth remain white and for proper oral health care in general, do the following:

  • Receiving fluoride treatment and using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash, or drinking fluoride-containing water, to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay and help repair teeth
  • Flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris
  • Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
  • Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums over time
  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas

Drs. Jeffrey Mason and Seth Perlmutter offer teeth whitening in his Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, office. Call for an appointment at (201) 288-4447!