Our in-office laser teeth whitening system allows patients to achieve dramatic whitening results with a minimal investment of time.
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You can expect to leave our office with significantly whiter teeth after a single appointment that lasts about an hour. The procedure is completely painless and can eliminate or substantially lighten even the most persistent stains and discoloration. With an appropriate oral hygiene regimen and regular cleanings, teeth whitening can last for years.
“Dramatic whitening results, eliminate or substantially lighten stains and discoloration.”
We also offer Zoom!® take-home whitening kits. And we can combine laser teeth whitening with other cosmetic and restorative options as part of a more comprehensive smile transformation. Indeed, many patients choose to undergo treatment prior to the placement of porcelain veneers so that their veneers can be color-matched to their newly whitened teeth.
Teeth whitening can dramatically brighten teeth that are stained and discolored, and laser teeth whitening in our Queens dental center is quick and entirely painless. Professional teeth whitening costs are highly affordable. Most importantly, professional teeth whitening is extremely safe. Gentle Dental uses Zoom Whitening, one of the best known and most effective systems available today. With appropriate aftercare, the results can last for years and can be regularly refreshed with top-up treatments.
Teeth can discolor for a variety of reasons:
We often associate a whiter smile with youthfulness because if you look at a child’s or a younger person’s teeth, they are generally whiter as their tooth enamel is naturally thicker. When tooth enamel is thicker, it masks the natural color of the tooth in the dentin underneath, which is darker. Stained and discolored teeth can be prematurely aging.
Teeth whitening is a dental procedure and is best provided by a dentist or a dental professional working under their supervision. Professional-grade teeth whitening products are stronger and more effective, and crucially, they are safe with supervised use. Zoom teeth whitening products are specially formulated to whiten teeth gently while minimizing or even eliminating unwanted side-effects like tooth sensitivity.
Zoom teeth whitening is a laser whitening system, where we use a dental laser to activate the whitening gel, allowing it to penetrate teeth more effectively and to lift more deep-seated stains. After first protecting your lips and gums, we carefully coat your teeth with the whitening gel. The gel is activated with the Zoom laser and visibly whitens your teeth. We might remove and reapply the gel several times during your treatment, which typically lasts an hour. Once complete, your teeth will be several shades whiter.
It will take your teeth forty-eight hours to settle down after an in-office Zoom whitening treatment. This is because the treatment removes the acquired pellicle, a protective layer over your teeth. Until the layer reforms, your teeth are more vulnerable to staining. You only need to be especially vigilant during this time. Until then, it’s best to avoid very strongly colored foods and beverages and to stick to eating pale-colored foods. Foods best avoided include red wine, tea and coffee, tomatoes, berries, and condiments like mustard, soy sauce, and ketchup. You should also avoid soda and juice. We can advise you on which foods are best to eat. Otherwise, you will be able to brush and floss your teeth normally immediately after treatment.
Some people prefer to whiten their teeth more slowly, and this can be useful if you have more sensitive teeth. With a custom home whitening kit, you can whiten your teeth at a pace that suits you.
The kit contains custom whitening trays made to fit perfectly over your teeth. We supply the professional-strength bleaching gel for you to whiten safely and comfortably and will show you how to fill the trays and how to insert and remove them. You simply need to wear the trays for a few hours each day, or overnight and your teeth will gradually brighten over a couple of weeks. You can also use these kits when you want to top up the results of your laser teeth whitening treatment.
We want to make sure teeth whitening is safe and appropriate for you, so we will need to examine your teeth before you can receive treatment. Laser whitening in Queens may be less suitable for pregnant women or while breastfeeding. For ethical reasons, there is no real research into the safety of teeth whitening during pregnancy.
During this quick checkup, we will make sure you don’t have signs of active gum disease or untreated tooth decay or dental restorations that are leaking or crumbling. Aging restorations and untreated dental disease allow the teeth whitening gel to penetrate your teeth more deeply than is desirable, potentially causing sensitivity and tooth pain. Existing dental restorations like crowns, bridges, veneers, and composite resin fillings will not change color during teeth whitening. You may need to replace these restorations to create a whiter and evenly colored smile.
Some teeth might whiten less effectively than others. For example, a tooth that is internally stained by an older root canal treatment may need another method to whiten it effectively. Sometimes it is possible to bleach teeth internally, but we may suggest covering the tooth entirely with a restoration like a crown or a veneer.
Zoom whitening should last for years, provided you have regular dental checkups and have your teeth professionally cleaned, which helps to remove some surface staining. Eventually, your teeth will begin to discolor again, but this does depend on your lifestyle choices. Refraining from eating and drinking highly colored foods and beverages will help prolong the effects, as will quitting smoking. We can advise you on how safely you can top up the results so you can always enjoy a whiter smile.
Patients often use Zoom whitening with other cosmetic dental treatments to create the best teeth whitening effects. For example, some patients will whiten their teeth before placing veneers or crowns, so the color is matched precisely to their new smile. Zoom whitening doesn’t cost a fortune and is one of the most affordable ways to brighten your smile.
When you visit Gentle Dental, we can carefully assess the health of your teeth to determine if teeth whitening treatments are suitable for you. For more information about the best teeth whitening solutions, contact Gentle Dental at: (718) 461-0100.