Dr Martin A Rube, DDS
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Creating Beautiful Smiles
Call: (914) 636-5555

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does tooth whitening involve?

In-office whitening is performed by Dr. Rube's dental hygienist. This can achieve optimum results in a single two-hour visit. As an added benefit you will be provided with custom fabricated trays for future touch-up without having to repeat the in-office procedure.

Take-home whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution once a day for 30-60 minutes for two to four weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal for some patients to experience mild tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

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