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Teeth Bleaching
Williston Park, NY

A woman smiling after receiving teeth bleaching at Long Island Smile in Williston Park, NYThere exist two main classes of teeth stains: The extrinsic stains, which are found on the surface of your teeth, and the deeper intrinsic stains between the tiny cracks in enamel (protective layer over a tooth’s surface) or inside your dentin (the layer beneath the enamel). While proper at-home dental care and practicing healthy oral habits will usually keep extrinsic stains in check, the smaller intrinsic variety is more challenging to locate, reach, and thoroughly clean. This is often what leads to one’s teeth becoming discolored over time. In such cases, the most effective solution is often teeth whitening.

At Long Island Smile, options for how people wish to go about this range from affordable whitening toothpaste to strips placed directly on teeth for specific periods, light-activated techniques, and others. One cosmetic treatment type sometimes overlooked is bleaching, so we’re here today to tell you all the facts about this topic and provide all the information to get started. Can can even explain the differences between teeth whitening and teeth bleaching. If you are considering a bleaching procedure and have any questions or wish to make an appointment, call (516) 243-7473.

What is Teeth Bleaching?

Bleaching is a type of treatment that changes your teeth from their current natural color to another brighter color, normally by a factor of five to seven shades brighter. Unlike teeth whitening, which restores a tooth to what its natural color was in the past by removing stains, bleaching whitens teeth beyond what even their healthy natural color would normally be able to achieve. It enhances the whiteness.

What is Used in Teeth Bleaching?

The active ingredient in most bleaching agents is carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide in concentrations of 10-22%. This helps to remove both surface-level extrinsic stains and deeper intrinsic ones.

What Happens in a Teeth Bleaching Procedure?

Different bleaching treatments have their own sets of steps. These include but are not limited to:

•  Light-activated whitening- Nicknamed chairside bleaching, this grants a significant and immediately noticeable difference in brightness. Be aware though that, after about a year of daily eating and drinking (coffee, tea, soda, juice, other soft drinks, etc), discoloration will return with new stains. You’ll need to get this treatment multiple times, for as long as you want it.
•  Custom mouthpiece- Constructed by Dr. Neal Seltzer or Dr. Jeffrey Rein, this makes in-home bleaching possible. It’s commonly worn for several hours every day or overnight for two weeks. If/when new stains begin, wear the piece again for another one-two nights to erase them.
•  Over-the-counter- Most drug stores will have these. Such whitening products include a boil & bite tray application, whitening gels used with a toothbrush, and strips placed directly onto your teeth’s surface. One strip is normally placed per day for whatever amount of time is instructed (This time may vary).

How Much Does Teeth Bleaching Cost?

Different bleaching treatments will vary in expenses, which is one reason why it’s important to schedule an appointment and discuss your options ahead of time with us so Dr. Neal Seltzer or Dr. Jeffrey Rein may assist in narrowing down your ideal procedure.
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