Teeth Whitening Specialist

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry of New York

Jessica A. Pandich, DDS

Prosthodontist & General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Many patients in the Midtown Manhattan area near Bryant Park and Grand Central come to Dr. Jessica A. Pandich at Cosmetic Dentistry and Restoration of New York seeking a brighter, whiter smile. Fortunately, a number of teeth whitening options are available to choose from, at a variety of price points.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Are tray-based teeth whitening systems effective?

Many patients choose to use a professional-level tray-based whitening system to boost the whiteness of their teeth. This option, available only from a dental professional, makes use of a powerful whitening gel that uses a peroxide-based bleaching agent to blast stains from the surface of the teeth and achieve noticeable results. The gel is applied into custom-molded trays created from the patient’s dental impressions. That ensures that the bleaching gel remains in place and on the surface of the teeth for the designated period of time. This form of whitening is more gradual than laser whitening but allows the patient to control the whitening process and to stop when the desired results are achieved.

How does in office tooth whitening work?

In-office teeth whitening is an in-office procedure that offers immediate and lasting results. The dentist applies a material to protect the gums and then applies a thin layer of whitening gel to the surface of the teeth. Beautiful results are achieved after the first treatment session, but some patients, depending on their starting color, will need several treatments to achieve the desired whitening results.

What about over-the-counter teeth whitening products?

There are a number of teeth whitening products available at any drugstore. These include special toothpaste, whitening strips, rinses, and tray-based systems. In general, these products can provide a slight boost in color, especially when they are used regularly. However, none of them even come close to the power of professional teeth whitening products and services. One great thing about over-the-counter products is that they can be effective at maintaining the effects of in-office whitening procedures, which can stretch the time needed between whitening appointments. No matter which whitening option is chosen, patients can maintain their bright smiles by avoiding foods known to stain the teeth, refraining from smoking and sustaining good oral hygiene.