Everyone desires their smile’s best version. Apart from taking good care of your teeth and dental health, there are some cosmetic procedures and treatments your dentist can refer you to improve your smile. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures carried out at our Gentle Dental Service clinic in Hackensack, New Jersey to improve one’s appearance. Teeth whitening is a highly preferred cosmetic dental procedure to make the patient’s teeth color lighter and brighter. Although there are various over-the-counter products that are used with the aim of whitening the teeth, the cosmetic dental procedure that is carried out in a dental clinic or office is usually a lot more effective and permanent.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a dental cosmetic procedure that is carried out in a dental clinic or office to achieve lighter and brighter teeth color. Teeth whitening is an in-office procedure that requires two to four visits to the clinic to achieve the desired effects.
The procedure is carried out in a dental clinic or office by a dentist or dental expert. The procedure involves exposing the teeth to a special chemical called hydrogen peroxide, which is a very powerful chemical that whitens the teeth by creating a chemical reaction. Since hydrogen peroxide is a very powerful chemical, its use outside a lab or clinic without the supervision of professionals is very dangerous. It can only be used by professionals with special training for this procedure.
During the teeth whitening procedure, it is very important that the chemical used during the procedure doesn’t come into contact with the gums, cheeks, or tongue, since it may cause excessive damage to these areas. For this reason, the procedure should be carried out by an experienced and talented professional. That is why you can never expect professional results from an over-the-counter product. They are much less abrasive to be safe while used by inexperienced people. Our experienced and talented dentists at our Gentle Dental Service clinic are specially trained for this procedure and they have high experience in carrying out such procedures.
After the teeth are whitened with hydrogen peroxide, they are carefully cleaned and the mouth is rinsed with plain water. After the cleaning is done, your dentist may also expose your teeth to a special kind of UV light, to increase the effectiveness of the procedure.
Does the teeth whitening treatment damage teeth?
Outside the tooth pulp and the inside tissue, there is a hard layer called enamel that covers the tooth. Enamel is a very durable and solid structure and it basically protects the tooth and the pulp. During the teeth whitening procedure, the enamel isn’t usually damaged, which means your teeth will not get damaged after the teeth whitening procedure. However, it doesn’t mean that there is no risk of damage. Excessive or wrong use of hydrogen peroxide can damage both your teeth and other parts of the mouth. If done by experienced and trained dentists or dental specialists, you have no reason to have fear before going in to get your teeth whitened.
If the dentist carrying out the teeth whitening procedure takes the required precautions, there shouldn’t be any risks of damage during the teeth whitening procedure. However, if the enamel is already damaged, there might be damage to your teeth. Before having the teeth whitening procedure, it is most safe that you consult your Gentle Dental Service dentist in Hackensack, New Jersey, to make sure that it is safe for you to have teeth whitening.
How much does it cost to have your teeth whitened?
Teeth whitening is an adjustable cosmetic dental procedure, which means the price depends on certain factors, such as the number of appointments that are required to achieve the desired whiteness. It may be wise to check your dental insurance and ask your insurance company about the cosmetic procedures that are covered by your insurance. Please give us a call at 201-457-1010 or come to our Gentle Dental Service clinic in Hackensack, New Jersey, for more information about teeth whitening procedures and their costs or your other questions about your dental health. We’d be more than happy to help you get the smile you dream of.
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