If your teeth are yellow, brown, or generally discolored, teeth whitening treatment can eradicate years of stains, revealing a bright, white smile underneath. At Steven A. Talerman DDS, located in Roslyn, New York, Dr. Talerman offers several types of teeth whitening treatment, including in-house laser teeth whitening and custom take-home whitening trays. To schedule an appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.

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Why are my teeth yellow and discolored?

As you age, your teeth are more likely to become yellow and discolored. Over the years, chewing, biting, and teeth grinding cause the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) to flake away. This reveals the inner portion of your teeth (dentin), which is naturally yellow in color.

Other factors that can lead to tooth discoloration include:

  • Using tobacco
  • Drinking dark-colored beverages like colas and red wine
  • Eating foods that stain, like tomato-based pasta sauces
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Certain illnesses

You may also develop yellow or discolored teeth if you take prescription medications that contain tetracycline.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is an advanced cosmetic dentistry technique that uses laser technology or bleaching solutions to eradicate stains and discoloration.

Teeth whitening treatment is safe and usually well-tolerated. Before being released to the general public, each type of whitening treatment undergoes years of testing and review by regulatory bodies like the FDA.

Are there different types of teeth whitening treatment?

Dr. Talerman and his team tailor teeth whitening treatment to individual needs. Depending on your goals and budget, they might recommend:

In-house laser teeth whitening

In-house laser teeth whitening is an outpatient procedure that can make your teeth 2-6 shades* brighter. During this type of treatment, Dr. Talerman uses a dental laser to carefully eradicate stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth.

Laser teeth whitening is longer-lasting than over-the-counter treatments. It can provide stunning results for 6-12 months.

Custom take-home whitening trays

If you lead a busy lifestyle or want to whiten your teeth at your own pace, you might benefit from custom take-home trays. Take-home whitening trays are oral appliances that fit snugly over the surface of your teeth. Before putting them on, you apply a whitening solution to each tray. Then, you wear your trays for 3-4 hours each day.

How can I extend the results of teeth whitening?

To extend the results of your teeth whitening treatment, it’s important to avoid foods and beverages that stain. If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, you should quit.

Additionally, make sure to brush and floss each day, and visit Dr. Talerman every six months for a professional oral exam and teeth cleaning.

Don’t let discolored or stained teeth negatively affect your confidence and self-esteem. To schedule a teeth whitening appointment at the practice of Steven A. Talerman DDS, call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book a consultation online today.

*Individual results may vary