Teeth Whitening

 John Castanaro, DDS -  - Dentist

Castanaro Dental

John Castanaro, DDS

Dentist located in Yonkers, NY

Are your teeth stained or severely discolored? Do you feel self-conscious when you laugh, smile, or speak? If so, consider teeth whitening. At Castanaro Dental, a digital dentistry practice in Yonkers, New York, John Castanaro, DDS, offers several types of teeth whitening to teenagers and adults, including take-home teeth whitening trays and Zoom! In-office teeth whitening. To schedule an appointment today, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth stained and discolored?

Teeth can become stained and discolored for many reasons, but the most common is the natural aging process. 

As you get older, the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) chips and flakes away, revealing the inner portion of your teeth (dentin). Dentin is yellow in color. The more visible it becomes, the yellower your teeth appear.

Other factors that increase your risk of stained and discolored teeth include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Using tobacco
  • Eating foods that stain like tomato-based pasta sauce
  • Drinking dark-colored beverages like coffee or red wine

You might also experience stained or discolored teeth if you take certain prescription medications. 

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry that uses medical-grade solutions to safely remove stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth. 

Most of today’s teeth whitening treatments use carbamide peroxide as their main ingredient. Carbamide peroxide is completely harmless and presents no side-effects.

What are the types of teeth whitening treatment?

Dr. Castanaro offers several types of teeth whitening treatment, including:

Zoom! In-office teeth whitening

Zoom! teeth whitening can whiten your teeth by up to eight* shades during just one sitting. Prior to treatment, Dr. Castanaro covers your tongue and gums with a rubber dam. Afterward, he carefully applies the whitening solution to each tooth. Next, he waits 15-20 minutes, allowing the solution to set.

Dr. Castanaro then points a special blue light at your teeth. The light triggers a reaction that safely removes stains and discoloration. He repeats this process several times until achieving your desired results.

Take-home teeth whitening trays

Take-home teeth whitening trays allow you to brighten your teeth at your own pace. A take-home teeth whitening kit includes two plastic trays and a bottle of whitening solution. 

You squeeze the whitening solution into the plastic trays and wear them for 3-4 hours each day. Over time, the whitening solution removes stains, revealing a brighter, whiter smile.

Is teeth whitening treatment permanent?

Teeth whitening treatment isn’t permanent, but the results typically last 4-6 months. If you want to prevent stains from reforming, Dr. Castanaro recommends brushing and flossing regularly, visiting Castanaro Dental every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam, and avoiding eating or drinking foods or beverages that stain. 

If you want a bright, white, Hollywood-worthy smile, schedule a teeth whitening appointment at Castanaro Dental. Call the office today and speak with a friendly staff member.

*Individual results may vary