Teeth Whitening Specialist

Carnegie Hill Dental Group

General Dentistry, Orthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

If you’re looking for a simple, cost-effective way to visibly improve your smile, the cosmetic dental specialists at Carnegie Hill Dental Group in New York City have you covered — they offer a complete menu of professional teeth whitening services that can help you correct discoloration, brighten your pearly whites, and improve your appearance. If you’re ready for a whiter, more vibrant smile, call their Upper East Side office or book an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

How do teeth become discolored?

Your teeth may look and feel smooth, but the surface of your enamel actually contains microscopic indentations, grooves, and imperfections that can trap tiny food particles and liquid residue.

Even if you maintain good oral hygiene habits, the particles and residue can build up over time, leaving your teeth looking dull and discolored — especially if you have a significant amount of plaque or tartar.

For many adults, discolored tooth enamel is a result of repeated staining, insufficient brushing and flossing, or a combination of both. Smoking cigarettes can accelerate the discoloration process, just as drinking coffee, tea, or red wine can leave your teeth looking perpetually stained or less vibrant.

Tooth discoloration can also get worse with age, as your enamel gets thinner and the underlying dentin layer begins to show through, making your teeth appear more yellow.  

How can I get whiter teeth?

The team at Carnegie Hill Dental Group offers in-office chairside whitening procedures as well as customized take-home treatments:

Zoom chairside whitening

Zoom whitening is a simple in-office procedure that can make your smile an average of eight shades brighter in just 45 minutes. The groundbreaking treatment involves the use of a nonabrasive whitening gel that’s activated and accelerated by a special LED lamp.

After polishing your teeth and shielding your lips and gums, a clinical-strength Zoom whitening gel is carefully applied to each tooth. As the light activates the gel’s whitening agents, it helps speed up the stain removal process.

At-home whitening

You can also opt to get a whiter, brighter smile without having to schedule an in-office visit — the practice also offers custom-fitted trays for at-home whitening. Although this treatment uses a less intense whitening gel, it still effectively penetrates deep into your enamel to break up stains and lift them away.

Your personal at-home whitening treatment recommendations, including treatment time, depend on the degree of discoloration and your desired level of whitening.  

How effective is professional whitening?

Although professional teeth whitening treatments are highly effective for the vast majority of people, whitening agents only work on natural teeth and certain types of discoloration.

Whitening works best on yellowed teeth, while teeth that are brown or gray probably won’t show much improvement. Whitening also can’t brighten or improve discolored dental restorations like crowns, bridges, bonding, and veneers.   

To find out which whitening treatment is best for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.