Teeth Whitening


What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a simple, safe oxygenating procedure used to lighten and brighten discolored teeth. Whitening is most effective in whitening teeth which have become discolored due to yellowing from age, tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, medications, chemically-induced stains, excessive fluoride, accidents, trauma, and decay. Whitening is not effective in whitening existing crowns or porcelain veneers. We have had moderate success in lightening bonding.

How is it done? How long does it take?

We have two methods. Zoom! whitening and home whitening. Zoom! whitening is accomplished through one office visit; the whitening solution is applied to the front surfaces of the teeth and activated with a safe, effective cool Zoom! lamp. With home whitening, you apply a mild whitening solution inside a custom-made tray that you wear for several hours during the day or at night.

With the office Zoom! whitening system, most discolored teeth require only one office visit of about an hour. Typically a maintenance bleaching tray or Crest Professional Whitestrips for a week is suggested after to follow the office Zoom!. The home system can take from 10-14 days for good results.

Can whitening damage teeth?

Documented university studies demonstrate that whitening causes no damage to the tooth structure. It does not cause brittleness or weakening of teeth; no cavities or gum problems have been shown to form because of the bleaching. Some people can experience sensitivity to hot and cold for a day or two as a side effect.

How much does it cost?

Please call NYCCD at 212.288.4455 or email us at info@nyccd.com for more information or to set up an appointment.

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