Research shows that whiter teeth promotes a more confident smile which encourages better self-esteem, so tooth whitening is really much more than just a cosmetic procedure. Our East Northport cosmetic dentist, Roger Curtiss, DDS, performs supervised teeth whitening personalized to each particular patient. The process can be done to reduce stained or discolored teeth, or simply provide our patients with a brighter, whiter smile to conquer the world with. Dr. Curtiss can brighten that smile in just one hour and, when properly maintained, the results can last for many years.
Before your whitening process, our East Northport cosmetic dentist will usually clean your teeth, fill any cavities and check your gums to make sure they are healthy enough to continue with the whitening. Most in-office procedures use a hydrogen peroxide paste and a high intensity light to speed up the bleaching chemical reaction. The procedure can actually whiten your teeth four to six shades lighter after only one hour-long treatment. Dr. Curtiss also offers at-home teeth whitening systems where the whitening can be seen in just days. This involves taking molds of your mouth so we can have soft, custom mouth trays made for you. After a thin ribbon of the chemical is put into the tray, wear it for two hours a day or while you sleep, and your teeth will become their whitest in one or two weeks. The combination of in-office and at-home systems can actually achieve up to 12 to 15 shades of whitening in most patients.
There are many types of tooth whitening procedures available and during your first consultation Dr. Curtiss will explain the procedure and products he prefers and helps you decide what type of tooth whitening is best for your needs. Whether at-home or in-office, the strength of the whitening gels and the level of whiteness desired will also be discussed. If you should choose to go with an at-home system, our East Northport cosmetic dentist, and his dedicated staff makes themselves available for you throughout the treatment period if you should have any concerns or questions. When supervised by Dr. Curtiss, tooth whitening procedures are considered safe and extremely effective.