Teeth Whitening

Plainsboro Family Dentistry

Samir Patel, DDS

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in Plainsboro, NJ

Teeth whitening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to upgrade your smile’s appearance. Samir Patel, DDS, and the team of professionals at Plainsboro Family Dentistry offer high-quality teeth whitening for all of their patients at a state-of-the-art clinic in Plainsboro, New Jersey. Brighten your smile today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why should I whiten my teeth?

Having a white smile is one of the top aesthetic concerns of most dental patients. Teeth that are white and bright give your smile a healthy and youthful-looking appearance, which can increase your confidence, boost your self-esteem, and make you want to share your smile with the world.

Why do teeth lose their whiteness?

Teeth naturally become less white over time. As you get older, the hard outer enamel on your teeth wears down, which allows more of the soft inner dentin to show through. 

Your dentin is yellow, and with thinner enamel, it is visible. Your teeth might also lose their sparkle as a result of a number of staining factors, including:

  • Consumption of food with dark pigments, like berries and tomato-based sauces
  • Consumption of beverages with dark pigments, like red wine, coffee, tea, and soda
  • Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco
  • Medications, like certain antihistamines and tetracycline antibiotics (if taken before eight years old)
  • Fluorosis, or excessive fluoridation during tooth development

For many people, their teeth become discolored simply because they don’t practice proper oral hygiene, like brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and maintaining regular checkups and cleanings with the team at Plainsboro Family Dentistry. 

How can I professionally whiten my teeth?

If you want to whiten your teeth, the team at Plainsboro Family Dentistry can provide you with custom-designed, at-home whitening trays. They create these clear plastic trays from an impression of your smile, so they fit perfectly and snugly around your teeth.

You fill the trays with a professional-strength whitening solution and wear them either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight. After a few weeks of using the trays, you notice that your teeth are much more white and bright.

It’s important to note that whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, so if you have any restorations in your mouth, like fillings, crowns, or a bridge, you might need to replace them after your whitening so that they match the new color of your smile. 

Is teeth whitening painful?

Teeth whitening is a safe and noninvasive way to improve the look of your smile. Most patients don’t experience any discomfort, but for some, the process can temporarily increase the sensitivity of their teeth. 

If that’s the case for you, the team at Plainsboro Family Dentistry can provide you with a special toothpaste that decreases your sensitivity and minimizes your discomfort.

Brighten your smile today by calling the office of Plainsboro Family Dentistry or booking your teeth whitening appointment online.

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