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What's the Difference Between Teeth Whitening and Teeth Bleaching?
Williston Park, NY

A group of people smiling after receiving teeth whitening and teeth bleaching at Long Island Smile in Williston Park, NYIdeally, everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy white smile. Unfortunately, the reality is that most people do not keep up with their daily oral care as well as they potentially could, which can lead to decay, damage, misalignment, gum disease, and discoloration. In cosmetic dentistry, there are means through which we at Long Island Smile can get around these obstacles and offer patients teeth whitening opportunities to still have the look of a bright, pearly grin.

Even if circumstances and choices have, for whatever reason made this difficult to achieve naturally, our methods can let one show off their smile with pride in any public or social situations. It is important to be clear though that not all teeth whitening tools & procedures are the same, and educating interested patients on these distinctions is crucial to avoid potentially detrimental misinformation. If you or a loved one are considering teeth whitening, feel free to schedule a visit, discuss your options and have any questions answered at (516) 243-7473.

What’s the Difference Between Whitening and Bleaching?

Essentially, the fundamental difference between these two types of treatment comes down to this:

A whitening process restores the natural color of a tooth by removing stains from its surface and utilizes physical or chemical reaction cleaning agents. By contrast, a bleaching process whitens teeth beyond what their natural color would normally be even when healthy and most often uses bleaching agents.

Teeth Bleaching

Bleaching- This form of treatment alters your teeth’s natural color, commonly between five to seven shades brighter. Bleaches contain an active ingredient (typically carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide in concentrations of 10-22%) which aids in removing both extrinsic (surface of teeth) and deeper intrinsic (tiny cracks in teeth and enamel) stains. Expenses between different bleaching methods will vary.

These procedures include:

•  Light-activated whitening- Also called chairside bleaching, the results of brighter teeth here are immediately noticeable. However, after around a year of daily eating and drinking (coffee, tea, sodas, juices, other soft drinks, etc), new stains will start bringing discoloration back. You will need to get this treatment done multiple times, for as long as you desire it.
•  Custom mouthpiece- Constructed by Dr. Neal Seltzer or Dr. Jeffrey Rein, this lets you practice in-home bleaching. You usually wear it for several hours per day or overnight for two weeks. When fresh stains emerge, wear the piece again for one to two more nights to erase them.
•  Over-the-counter- Available in most drug stores, such whitening products include a boil & bite tray application, whitening gels used alongside a toothbrush, and whitening strips applied directly to the teeth. One strip is normally placed every day for the amount of time instructed.

Teeth Whitening

Whitening toothpaste- All such toothpaste utilize mild abrasion to better remove surface-level discoloration between your appointments. They carry specialized chemical or polishing agents to more thoroughly eliminate staining. These same abrasion and polishing agents are also applied in professional dental cleanings and are most effective against stains caused by foods or tobacco.

It should be added that not all patients have the same reaction to every whitening technique. Some people’s teeth may respond better to toothpastes. Others with more advanced discoloration such as gray teeth might require porcelain veneers or bonding. Remember, to make an appointment to discuss which method is best for you, call Long Island Smile today at (516) 243-7473.

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