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Your smile is often the first thing others notice about you. If your teeth are not as bright as they used to be, Dolson Avenue Dental can help. Teeth whitening can give you a bright, radiant smile in less than an hour. It’s one of the fastest and most affordable methods of cosmetic dentistry and removes years of tooth discoloration and stains essentially in minutes.
Our office in Middletown has two methods to help you achieve gorgeous results within your lifestyle and your budget. You can whiten your teeth during one visit, or take home an easy-to-use kit to bleach your teeth professionally in private.
Whichever treatment you choose can yield impressive results, especially when applied after a teeth cleaning. A professional cleaning removes any food particles or bacteria that can contribute to tooth stains or interfere with the treatment.
Why Whiten Your Teeth?
Our tooth color comes from a combination of two things: the light reflected off the enamel (the hard outer layer of our teeth) and the color of the dentin (the middle layer) underneath. Everyone’s teeth become less white or even yellow or look grey as we age because the enamel thins and the dentin darkens.
Our genetic makeup also determines the thickness and smoothness of our tooth enamel. Some people might have thinner enamel—and more visible dentin—than others. Enamel also is porous, so some foods and beverages also can affect our tooth color.
But don’t blame that morning cup of coffee for dull, dingy, or discolored teeth. The most common causes of tooth discoloration include:
- Tobacco products including cigars, cigarettes and chewing tobacco
- Poor dental hygiene from inconsistent brushing and flossing
- Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wines, and dark-colored sodas
- Getting older
- Certain types of medicine such as tetracycline
- Tooth decay or trauma
If you need dental work such as a crown, a bridge, a veneer or dentures, tooth whitening also is a good advance treatment. The dental porcelain used in these cosmetic and restorative dental fixtures is color-matched to your natural teeth to blend in seamlessly. Because they’re designed to be stain resistant, these fixtures don’t respond to whitening treatments. So if you whiten dull or dingy teeth later, your dental work will stand out.
Call Today to Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment
If you have more questions about teeth whitening, or if you’re ready to brighten your smile, call Dolson Avenue Dental today at (845) 512-1246 to schedule an appointment or speak to our helpful staff.