Are you unhappy with discolored teeth? Stained teeth can make your smile look older and unhealthy. Fortunately, most people can restore the brightness of their teeth with professional teeth whitening. Professional whitening can achieve better results, more consistent results, and can help you to avoid tooth sensitivity. It also means you can learn whether whitening will work for you before you start.

If you are looking to brighten your smile in midtown Manhattan, please call (212) 557-8668 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Karthilde Appolon at Appolon Dental Group in Columbus Circle.

Face showing before and after teeth whitening

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening

If you’re considering teeth whitening, you’ve probably noticed that practically every corner market carries home whitening kits. So why should you choose to work with a dentist for your whitening? Here are some benefits of seeing your dentist first:

  • Find out if your teeth are healthy for whitening
  • Learn whether whitening will work before you start
  • Get better results faster
  • Get more even results
  • Avoid tooth sensitivity

Whether you are going to whiten your teeth at home or have it done professionally, it’s important to talk to a dentist before you start. We can look at your teeth and help you figure out if your teeth are healthy for whitening or if they might need treatment before you should start whitening.

Dr. Appolon can also look at your teeth to figure out whether the cause of staining will respond to whitening treatments. She can direct you to the best way to get the results you’re looking for.

The professional whitening system we use: KöR Deep Bleaching uses a very strong whitening solution. This has the ability to remove more stains and remove them faster than over-the-counter whiteners you might remove at home. This means that your teeth will get brighter when you work with us for whitening.

One problem with over-the-counter whitening systems is that they aren’t well-designed for even whitening. Strips and generic trays often fit poorly and may only partially whiten your teeth, which can make your teeth look worse than before. But the professionally fitted trays we use ensure even whitening of your teeth.

Some people experience sensitivity related to teeth whitening. KöR Deep Bleaching includes additives that help reduce sensitivity, and if you still experience sensitivity, we can help. That’s something over-the-counter whitening doesn’t offer.

What If Whitening Won’t Work for You?

Most teeth get discolored because of simple surface stains. These come from strongly colored foods and beverages, such as:

  • Coffee
  • Wine (red wine is the worst, but the acid in white wine also makes your teeth vulnerable to staining)
  • Tea
  • Chocolate
  • Cola
  • Berries

Teeth whitening can easily remove these stains. However, sometimes the staining can be due to other causes like:

  • Tooth trauma
  • Decayed or infected teeth
  • Thin enamel
  • Naturally dark enamel

In these cases, we will recommend other approaches to whiten your teeth. Tooth trauma and decayed or infected teeth typically cause just one tooth to become discolored. A ceramic dental crown is often the best approach to treat these discolored teeth. Sometimes root canal therapy is necessary if the tooth nerve has died or is threatened.

But if you have thin enamel or naturally dark enamel, your entire smile might be darker than you like, and won’t whiten. Instead, veneers can brighten your smile. You won’t be limited by your natural tooth enamel. You can enjoy a smile that’s as bright as you want it.

Are You Ready for a Brighter Smile?

If you’re tired of discolored teeth and you want better results than you can get with over-the-counter whiteners, we can help. Please call (212) 557-8668 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Karthilde Appolon at Appolon Dental Group in Columbus Circle.