Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Newark, NJ & East Orange, NJ
A bright, white, smile is incredibly appealing, but most people experience tooth discoloration over time. Professional teeth whitening offers a solution, and is available at Nova Dental from the team of cosmetic and family dentists serving their community through two office locations in Newark and one in East Orange, New Jersey. Call or click today to schedule an appointment.
Whitening & Veneers
Why has my smile changed over time?
Several factors cause or contribute to tooth discoloration. Some of these are within your control, while others are not.
The only part of your teeth that is naturally white is the outermost thin shell of enamel. Just beneath your enamel lies a thicker layer of dentin, which is naturally yellow. As the years pass, you lose some of your enamel, revealing more of the yellow dentin.
Some additional factors that cause discoloration include:
- Food and drinks that stain, including red wine, berries, and potatoes
- Poor dental hygiene
- Exposure to high levels of fluoride
- Traumatic injury
- Certain medications
- Tobacco use
No matter why your smile has lost some of its gleam, professional teeth whitening offers a solution.
How does professional teeth whitening work?
NovaDental offers both in-office and at-home teeth whitening options. When you come in for your consultation, your dentist listens to your treatment goals and helps you choose the right approach.
In-office whitening uses a powerful solution to blast apart surface stains. Your dentist begins by isolating your tongue and other soft oral tissues before painting the solution onto the visible surfaces of your teeth. Some systems use a special light to activate the solution, while others simply need a few moments to whiten teeth.
Your dentist then rinses away all traces of the solution, revealing your newly bright smile. You might notice some sensitivity for a day or so, but the sensation should fade quickly.
At-home whitening relies on custom-molded dental trays to hold the whitening solution against the surface of your teeth. You simply apply a thin line of whitening gel, pop the trays in, and go about your daily routine.
With at-home whitening, you can control the brightness of your smile. Simply use the remaining gel to achieve a quick whitening boost any time you like.
Can dental veneers improve the whitening of my teeth?
If you’re looking for a long-term way to achieve a white, bright smile, dental veneers are a good fit. Veneers cover the front portion of your teeth with a thin shell of porcelain.
In addition to creating a whiter smile, veneers correct irregularities in the size, shape, or alignment of teeth. They also protect chipped or cracked teeth. A new set of veneers can last 15-20 years with proper care.
When you’re ready to explore all of your cosmetic dentistry options, call or click to schedule a consultation.
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