Dr. Andrew Sami of Gold Coast Smiles, PLLC provides teeth whitening treatments for patients in Glen Cove, NY and surrounding towns on Long Island.
We invite you to call us today at 516-676-0250 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
If your teeth are healthy but discolored, teeth whitening can give you a brighter, whiter smile. It may not be appropriate for those with deep staining and pitting, but for the majority of patients with good oral health, teeth whitening is a simple and highly effective solution. You can choose between in-office and at-home bleaching.
In-Office Bleaching: If you want to whiten your teeth in just one visit, in-office bleaching may be right for you. We will protect the soft tissues of your gums with a rubber shield or a protective gel, and then apply a bleaching agent that contains carbamide peroxide directly to your teeth. We will then use a targeted laser light to boost the whitening power of the bleaching agent.
At-Home Teeth Whitening: Those who prefer to whiten their teeth in the privacy of their own homes can also come to our office for a single visit. We will take dental impressions and use them to create a custom-fitted mouth tray. Every night, you will add a carbamide peroxide-containing whitening gel to the tray and wear it for 2 to 8 hours as instructed by Dr. Sami. You might need to use the tray nightly for up to 4 weeks, depending on your unique situation.
Maintaining Your Smile
After whitening your teeth, there are several steps you can take to maintain your brilliant smile. First, make sure you are practicing impeccable oral hygiene and visiting our office twice per year for cleanings. Also check your diet. After consuming tea, coffee, soda, red wine, or any dark or brightly colored sugary foods such as berries, rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain water. The less time your teeth are exposed to these stain causers, the less likely they are to dull your smile.
Lipsticks with blue or pink undertones hide yellowing, so simply choosing the right lipstick can help keep your teeth looking their best. Boost this effect with a lip-plumping lipstick that includes mint or cinnamon oil.
When your teeth start to dull a bit, an over the counter teeth whitening kit can help delay your next professional whitening appointment. Although these kits do not work as well as bleaching, they can help boost whiteness a bit.
Of course, teeth whitening is ultimately a temporary solution. Dental veneers are the only way to preserve a brilliant white smile for decades. Made of very thin dental porcelain that is bonded to your teeth, dental veneers are durable and long-lasting. You can choose the exact shade you want, but be sure to take your features and coloring into account to avoid a fake “game show host” smile. Remember that your smile should highlight your natural beauty rather than trying to compete with it. The best smile is the one that is uniquely yours.
Call 516-676-0250 to schedule your appointment.