Teeth Whitening Procedures

Ben Elchami, DMD -  - Dentist

Chami Dental

Ben Elchami, DMD

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

White teeth and a bright smile can help anyone feel more attractive and self-confident. Results from professional whitening done by a skilled dentist are superior to those from over-the-counter bleaching kits. Treatment takes about 1 hour. Dr. Ben Elchami, a top-ranked provider of teeth whitening treatments in Midtown East, Manhattan, offers the most advanced whitening system to patients at Chami Dental.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes teeth to become yellow, dingy and stained?

Many factors can contribute to tooth stains and discoloration. The most common causes are foods and beverages with dark pigments, such as coffee, tea, red wine, dark-colored berries and fruit drinks, and foods with artificial and natural colorings. Poor brushing and flossing habits can also contribute to tooth dinginess. Smoking is a main cause of brown and yellow stains on tooth surfaces as well.

Discoloration that occurs in the superficial layers of the teeth can be corrected with teeth whitening. Discoloration that develops in the tooth interior is usually caused by trauma, long-term use of medication, deep infections or disease, and some dental procedures like root canal therapy. Deep discoloration requires other treatment approaches like veneers, crowns, or internal bleaching.

How is teeth whitening done?

Teeth whitening procedures are performed in office using professional-strength whitening agents that are carefully applied to the front surfaces of the teeth. Dr. Elchami, uses the Zoom bleaching system. Before treatment, Dr. Elchami uses a soft lip guard to gently hold the lips back from the teeth during treatment, ensuring the whitening agent stays on the teeth and reaches each tooth. He isolates the gums and soft tissue surfaces in the mouth only leaving the teeth to be bleached exposed. He then cleans the teeth to be treated by the whitening agent to ensure no debris interferes with contacting the tooth surface. Then the bleach is applied. He uses a special light to activate the agents so they penetrate the teeth’s surface. Treatment takes about 1 hour, 4 cycles, 15 minutes each where the agent is reapplied in between cycles to ensure optimal results. Once the treatment is complete, the whitening agent is wiped away and patients can enjoy their whiter smiles immediately.

In addition, impressions are taken and custom bleaching trays are fabricated and given to the patient with a syringe of bleach for touch up at home, at a later time, if needed.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes. Professional teeth whitening uses whitening agents specifically designed for use under a dentist’s supervision. At any point during the whitening, it can be stopped and not all 4 cycles need to be completed if the patient experiences discomfort.

Will teeth whitening make my teeth sensitive?

Some people report sensitivity following teeth whitening treatments, but these issues are temporary and resolve soon afterward. Having a dental appointment prior to whitening ensures tiny issues like very small cavities or cracks are treated to prevent the whitening agent from leaching into the tooth and causing sensitivity. It also insures a cleaner surface of the teeth to allow better penetration of the whitening agent with no interference from debris that may be on the teeth.

Can restorations be whitened?

No. Restorations are made of resin or porcelain that don’t respond to teeth whitening agents. Patients who plan on having crowns, veneers or bonding procedures often opt to have their teeth whitened first to ensure the restorations match their smile when it’s white and bright. Future whitening treatments ensure the restorations continue to blend in with the surrounding teeth.