Teeth Whitening: NJ Cosmetic Dentistry
Have you always wanted to get cosmetic dentistry or a smile makeover, but think you can’t afford it? One of our most popular Princeton, NJ cosmetic treatments is teeth whitening.
Whitening is a perfect stand-alone smile makeover option. But it can also be used alongside procedures like dental veneers or bonding to prep for a more dramatic transformation.
Professional KöR Teeth Whitening in NJ
Improving your smile’s appearance doesn’t have to be expensive. You may be surprised to see how much of a confidence booster it can be just by whitening the color of your teeth. Teeth whitening is safe for anyone who has healthy teeth and gums. Before your treatment, Dr. Nesrine Bestandji will want to make sure you don’t have any active cavities, periodontal disease, or existing dental work that might need to be updated after a whitening application.
Canal Vista Family Dental offers professional KöR Whitening solutions for our patients in Princeton, NJ! Our Princeton teeth whitening treatments include KöR’s at-home system or our in-office procedure.
At Home Teeth Whitening Systems That Work
Professional strength take-home teeth whitening is effective and affordable. First, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and make a pair of fitted trays, then show you how to place the professional grade bleaching gel inside of them. Over the period of a few days, you’ll wear your bleaching trays for the allotted timeframe (about an hour per day.) Most of our Princeton teeth whitening patients start seeing results after just a few days. Optimal brightness will be reached in approximately 10-14 days.
Once you’re satisfied with your results, just save your trays and you can touch up again a few months down the road. Whitening gel refills are available for purchase in our office, so you can easily keep your teeth white for years to come. We recommend touching up after every cleaning.
In-Office Teeth Whitening Treatment
Some people prefer to whiten their teeth in one day. With in-house KöR whitening, you can. This procedure usually takes about an hour and a half to complete, giving you dramatically brighter teeth at the same appointment. We first place a protective cover on your gums and cheeks, then apply the professional grade whitening gel on your teeth that contains stain-releasing ingredients. When the time’s up, we rinse the solution away and repeat the process another 2-3 times. You’ll be surprised at how much brighter your smile is than the one you had when you arrived!
When to Avoid Whitening Your Teeth
When you come in for you whitening consultation, we’ll perform an exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Professional whitening products should only be used for patients age 13 and older. It’s also discouraged if you’re pregnant or nursing. A few things to keep in mind:
- Extreme Sensitivity: if cold or hot things bother your teeth, then bleaching may not be the best choice. Because some sensitivity is generally expected with a teeth whitening treatment, we provide each of our patients with a desensitizing solution to use in conjunction with your procedure.
- Previous Dental Work: Teeth whitening works great for natural enamel, but the formula doesn’t work on restorative treatments like fillings or crowns that are visible when you smile.
- Decay: If you have active cavities in your mouth, then bleaching isn’t recommended until these areas are repaired. We can always place a temporary filling to match the permanent one to your whiter smile, to address active decay before a permanent restoration is matched to your whiter smile.
- Gum Disease: Bleaching when your gums are unhealthy can cause discomfort. If you have active gingivitis, bleaching is not recommended until the inflammation has been treated.
Brighten Your Smile Today
If you’re interested in at-home or same day teeth whitening in Princeton, schedule a consultation today at Canal Vista Family Dental to find out which option is best for you.
Questions? Here are some of the most common teeth whitening FAQs.
Teeth whitening treatments in Princeton, NJ, are one of the most affordable cosmetic dental options available in the area.
Depending on your budget, there are two different pricing options to consider: same-day whitening (which costs more) or take-home whitening (which costs less.) The only reason an in-house procedure costs more is because it’s more time-consuming for our dental team, but the advantage is that you’ll see dramatic results on the very same day. Our in-house whitening system costs start as low as $399.
But if you’re not crunched for time, you can invest in a take-home system and custom kit for as low as $75.
Is professional whitening more expensive than over the counter products? Actually, no. Even though the initial investment may cost more, kits sold in stores require more applications to get moderate results. After purchasing 2-3 different kits at a store, you could have paid for a professional system. So even though a commercial product might seem cheaper and promise good results, you may not have as white of a smile and still spend more on the system.
Since whitening opens up the tiny pores across your enamel, it makes the nerves inside of your teeth more hypersensitive. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to minimize tooth sensitivity.
Dr. Bestandji recommends using a sensitivity toothpaste twice a day for the two weeks leading up to your whitening appointment. It’s best to continue using the product for at least another week after your whitening is completed. If you’re using an at-home kit, continue using the sensitivity toothpaste throughout the process.
Professionally applied fluoride is also a great way to desensitize teeth that are hypersensitive to whitening products. You can stop by our dentist office at any time to have a varnish or gel applied; most people see results last for at least a few months.
One of the most important rules of teeth whitening is being careful about what you eat or drink immediately after a bleaching session.
Dark liquids and foods should be avoided for the first few days after whitening. Here are some of the most common ones to steer clear of.
- Tomato sauces and curry
- Red wine
- Dark berries (blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
When you go back to indulging on these types of items, you may want to keep a toothbrush handy. Brushing immediately afterwards can help to limit new stains from building up. If a toothbrush isn’t available, rinsing with water is also helpful. If you can, drink dark liquids through a straw to limit the contact time that they have with your enamel.
Even if you avoid these for several days after whitening, it’s important to know that going back to them at any point will encourage new stain accumulation. Of course, most of us are not willing to give up our coffee for good, so just be sure to take a break for a few days when your teeth are freshly whitened (and more porous.)
Depending on the type of whitening you select, the treatment may only take one appointment, or up to two weeks.
Same-day (or “in-house”) whitening is one that takes about an hour and a half to complete. We apply the whitening gel directly to your teeth to oxidize the presence of stain particles in the porous surfaces.
But if you prefer to whiten on your own time, you’ll wear a tray each day. Most people see results within a few days, with teeth continually becoming brighter with each application. Even, white results are seen within about 10-14 days total. If you have tenacious discoloration from medications like tetracycline, the stains may take as long as 8 weeks to treat. Don’t worry! We’re here to help you find the best and most effective way to treat your dark tooth stain.
The best type of teeth whitening is an application system that:
- Uses professional grade products and concentrated gels
- Minimizes tooth sensitivity
- Is gentle on your gums
- Uses a customized application system (for even results)
- Is easy to maintain
- Is effective on deep stains and discoloration
Surprise! The best teeth whitening treatments aren’t sold in stores; they’re only available from dental experts.
When you’re choosing the best whitening kits, you want one that keeps the gel evenly placed across your smile so that each tooth is whitened evenly. Otherwise, uneven or splotchy-looking results are a common side effect.
Working with our Princeton dentist to whiten your teeth will help ensure that your smile is bleached in the safest manner with the best results possible.
Other Cosmetic Services
Because most common dental problems are preventable, Dr. Bestandji opts to incorporate strategies that help our patients reduce the risk of tooth decay from a very early age. This may be through protective dental sealants, fluoride, or even ClearCorrect orthodontic trays to make it easier for you to keep your smile clean.
Has it been more than six months since your last exam and cleaning? Are you looking for a family dentist in Princeton? Canal Vista Family Dental accepts patients of all ages. Contact us today to request your first appointment.