Signature Smile General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Inna Trogan, DDS
Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Brooklyn Heights, NY
If you’re not happy with the color of your teeth, professional teeth whitening can dramatically change their appearance. Inna Trogan, DDS, and her highly-trained dental team have the expertise and experience to lift the whiteness of your teeth several shades at Signature Smile General & Cosmetic Dentistry in New York City. To schedule an appointment at the Brooklyn Heights, New York, office, call the friendly staff or book your appointment online today.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is cosmetic dentistry, using a medical-grade bleaching solution to remove stains from the surface of your teeth.
The gel-like substance oxidizes the molecules within your tooth enamel, causing your stains to lighten. After your treatment, you walk out the door with a beautiful, refreshed-looking smile.
Why do I need teeth whitening?
Your teeth can lose their whiteness, become dull in appearance, or discolored for various reasons, including:
- Drinking dark-colored beverages like tea, coffee, or red wine
- Eating dark-colored foods like chocolate, berries, and dark sauces
- Smoking or using tobacco
- Taking certain medications that affect tooth color
- Experiencing trauma to your mouth
Change to the color of your teeth also occurs as you age. Your enamel wears down, which reveals the dentin layer of your teeth, which is yellowish in color.
How does teeth whitening work?
When you come into the practice for your outpatient teeth-whitening procedure, the team has you comfortably sit in a dental chair. They then apply a whitening gel into a tray that fits on your teeth.
The process works in 15-20 minute increments while your provider points a blue light at your teeth, triggering the process. Your provider repeats this action several times until you reach your desired whiteness. The overall procedure only takes about an hour.
Dr. Trogan also provides professional-strength, at-home treatments. They include the trays and the bleaching solution that you wear on your own schedule. You can achieve the same whiteness you get at an appointment at the practice, but it takes longer. You can also use the at-home treatments for touch-ups.
How can I keep my teeth whitening results?
Results typically last about four to six months, but you can make them last longer when you practice good oral hygiene, plus other healthy habits.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Avoid foods and drinks that can stain
- Don’t use tobacco
You should also visit Signature Smile General & Cosmetic Dentistry every six months for routine cleanings. Your hygienist uses a professional-grade abrasive toothbrush to remove any stains that might’ve developed since your last visit.
To schedule your professional teeth whitening treatment, call the office or book your appointment online.