Teeth Whitening Specialist

Shapiro Family Dental -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Shapiro Family Dental

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Wethersfield, CT

Whether it’s because of aging or due to certain foods and drinks you consume, enamel wear on your teeth can make your smile teeth appear yellowish, detracting from your appearance. If your smile isn’t looking its best, consider a teeth whitening procedure at Shapiro Family Dental in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The team uses cutting-edge technology to brighten your smile by several shades with safe, effective teeth bleaching. To schedule a whitening consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening refers to the process of bleaching your teeth to break up the concentration of stains and discoloration. The results are whiter, healthier-looking teeth you’ll be proud to show off.

The best way to brighten your smile is with a professional teeth whitening, as it’s both cost-effective and convenient. Professional whitening is a better option than over-the-counter methods since professional-grade whitening agents have a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, making the results more noticeable and long-lasting.

What causes tooth stains?

In most cases, tooth stains and discoloration are caused by certain foods and drinks that damage the enamel, the white outer layer of your teeth. This damage can reveal the dentin, the yellowish layer underneath.

Here are some known stain-causing items:

  • Certain berries
  • Coffee
  • Dark teas
  • Mustard
  • Red wine
  • Tomato sauce

Another common cause of discoloration is aging, which leads to similar natural wear and tear of the enamel. Teeth whitening addresses both types of wear on your enamel.

How does teeth whitening work?

At Shapiro Family Dental, teeth whitening is a simple procedure that takes less than an hour. The team will line a tray with the professional-grade whitening agent. You will then wear the tray, biting into it, which will activate the whitening gel against your teeth. Your dentist will set up a special light that will speed up the bleaching process.

You may feel some minor tooth sensitivity during the procedure, but by the time you’re done, your teeth will be several shades brighter.

If you’d prefer to whiten your teeth at home and work around your own schedule, the team at Shapiro Family Dental can provide you with a take-home whitening kit. It contains a set of trays and whitening gel that you can set up and wear at home. With a take-home kit, you can achieve the same results as an in-office procedure within a few short weeks.

How long do teeth whitening results last?

On average, teeth whitening results should last at least 1-2 years, if not more. However, the longevity of the results depends on you. It’s critical that you continue to practice good oral hygiene and maintain your regularly scheduled cleanings and dental exams at Shapiro Family Dental. Also, avoiding or limiting your consumption of stain-causing food and drinks can help prolong your whitening results.

If you want to enhance your smile with safe, effective teeth whitening, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.