September 26, 2019
There are SO many “tips and tricks” for teeth whitening. I am here to remove some of the myths about bleaching your teeth.
Whitening Toothpaste Whitens Teeth
The reason why there is no clear recommended whitening
toothpaste from dentists is that none of them really work. At least for what patients are looking
for. Toothpaste in general contains an
abrasive that serves to help microscopically scrape away plaque and
tartar. Whitening toothpastes have
additives that can remove some minor surface staining but to get at the yellow
core of the tooth you need something that will absorb deeply into the tooth.
Bleaching Your Teeth is Bad for Them
This is a common misconception. Whitening your teeth is not dangerous for your teeth when done in a controlled way with your doctor at Drs. Boyd. Unfortunately, there are some side effects which include tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Tooth sensitivity is difficult to predict from patient to patient. Generally it can be minimized with careful protection of the sensitive root areas and exposed dentin. Gum irritation can occur with poorly fitting whitening trays or over the counter whitening strips. When the whitening gel sits on the gum tissue for a prolonged period it burns the tissue and is painful.
Rinsing with Hydrogen Peroxide Whitens and Cleans Teeth
This is simply false.
Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide is not beneficial and is actually
damaging to your gum tissue. Hydrogen
peroxide is good at initially cleaning our cuts that we get outside of our
mouth. We should not be rinsing with it.
Charcoal Toothpaste Whitens and is Good for Your Teeth
Activated charcoal has many health benefits! Unfortunately,
they aren’t found by putting them in a toothpaste. According to a study in the British Dental
Journal, the charcoal added in the toothpaste is nothing more than a marketing
gimmick. None of the products are
actually shown to be of any benefit for what they say they can do. It doesn’t whiten teeth. It may remove surface stain but so does
regular toothpaste and at a fraction of the cost.
In Office Whitening is Better than Professional At-Home Whitening
This is actually false.
Single visit in office whitening is just as effective as at home
whitening. The main difference is the
concentration of the whitening gel that is used. The benefit is that you can have whiter teeth
in one quick visit in about an hour and a half.
We use Philips Zoom whitening because we have had a the best whitening
results with that system. For patients
that have had sensitivity with the higher concentration gel, we can use a very
comfortable low concentration gel for a longer duration.
You Can Whiten Your Existing Crowns and Veneers
Unfortunately this is not true. Whitening gel cannot whiten existing
restorations of any kind. If you have
existing crowns and want a whiter smile we can replace them using state of the
art ceramic veneers and crowns that look like white natural teeth.
You Can’t Whiten Your Teeth in a Day
You can professionally whiten your teeth in as little as an
hour and a half. Using Philips Zoom
whitening, we can lighten teeth up to 8 shades.
So if you have a big social event and want a fast bright smile, this is
the way to go.
There is no bad time to get a whiter smile. If you have additional questions or would
like to schedule a consultation for your whitening procedure, please call our
office at 212-755-9055. You may also
reach us by email at email@example.com.
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September 4, 2019
People want whiter and brighter smiles these days. We are all being bombarded with every facet
of teeth whitening product from over the counter whitening strips to activated
charcoal. Drs. Boyd wants to clear up
the confusion on bleaching teeth and answer our most common questions from
Why are my teeth yellow?
Nobody likes yellow looking teeth. Also, the more coffee, tea, red wine and other highly pigmented foods we consume, the more yellow and dark they get. So, what is in our teeth that makes them dark? Teeth have color producing molecules called “chromophores”. These molecules give the dark stains to our teeth. The more dark foods and beverages we consume the darker these chromophores become.
How do teeth get whiter?
Whitening occurs when the chromophores in our teeth are
broken down by diffusion of a whitening gel into the tooth. The gel oxidizes the chromophores and removes
their color. The oxidation of the
chromophores leave us with a white and bright tooth.
So how can I actually get my teeth whiter?
The best way to bleach our teeth is with professional teeth whitening at Drs. Boyd. We use a combination of in-office Zoom whitening and at-home whitening to establish a long lasting white smile. At your whitening appointment we use a high strength, light activate peroxide gel on your teeth. The whole process takes about an hour and a half. After your visit, you will follow special protocol at home using your custom made trays. This combination of procedures leads to a long lasting whiter smile.
Am I a candidate for whitening?
Most people with otherwise healthy teeth are candidates for whitening their teeth as long as they are over the age of 15. Whitening becomes difficult when patients have many tooth colored fillings on the front teeth or crowns and bridges as these types of restorations do not change color.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effect is temporary tooth
sensitivity. The sensitivity usually
subsides after 24-48 hours of whitening and is not a permanent issue. Although it can be annoying, it is not an
indication that something is wrong. We help
prevent this sensitivity by having our patients use Sensodyne toothpaste 1 week
prior and apply a sensitivity preventing gel in your custom trays after your
in-office whitening procedure.
There is no bad time to get a whiter smile. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation for your whitening procedure, please call our office at (212) 755-9055. You may also reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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April 1, 2016
Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to quickly transform the appearance of your smile into a thing of beauty. Using a minimally invasive procedure, you’ll brighten your smile while repairing alignment and cosmetic flaws that impact your confidence. The safe process involves adding thin porcelain facings to the front of your teeth to create an entirely new smile. As cosmetic dentists, we offer porcelain veneers in Midtown Manhattan to give you a new, confident smile – one you’ll love. (more…)
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October 21, 2015
October Invisalign Special With Drs. Boyd in Midtown Manhattan
If you have crowded, gapped or otherwise misaligned teeth, you know you’ve got to do something about them sooner or later. What are you waiting for? Straightening your teeth isn’t only good for your self-confidence — it’s also a benefit for your overall oral health. Many issues of decay or gum disease begin as teeth become more and more misaligned. Learn how you can get straighter teeth close to invisibly with Invisalign from Drs. Boyd, your trusted dentists in Midtown Manhattan. And this month, your invisible braces treatment is more affordable than ever!
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September 10, 2015
Not everyone is born with a flawless smile. In fact, almost no one is. Luckily for Midtown Manhattan residents, the Drs. Boyd can help patients enhance their natural smiles, and create beautiful results they’ve only dreamed of. A picture-perfect smile is no longer a luxury for celebrities, but an obtainable goal for any patient. At Drs. Boyd, our team examines and discusses your current smile, recommends possible treatments, and develops a personalized cosmetic care plan to give you the smile of your dreams. Call to schedule an appointment with your Madison Avenue dentists, the Drs. Boyd, today.
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