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By Signature Smiles, LLC
February 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Do you feel that your smile is lacking its luster? If you wish your teeth were whiter or your smile was brighter, you might benefit from teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is one of the fastest and easiest cosmetic dental procedures to rejuvenate and brighten your smile. With help from your Toms River, NJ dentist at Signature Smiles, Dr. Carmela LaFalce, you can lighten your teeth up to ten shades in a Teeth Whiteningsingle whitening session.

How does teeth whitening work? 
Your Toms River dentist applies whitening agents to the teeth, then directs a special light at them to activate the whitening process. Teeth whitening uses chemical reactions to break the bonds which hold together a stain’s molecules. With the bonds broken, the molecules disperse, leaving a whiter appearance. Most whitening sessions take under an hour, and results are seen immediately after the session.

What causes teeth staining? 
Stains form on either of two levels: the teeth’s outside, white enamel layer or the inside, yellow-colored dentin. Stains on the enamel come from outside elements--smoking tobacco, drinking coffee or tea, or eating dark-pigmented foods, such as berries. Stains on the inner dentin layer come from trauma to the teeth--taking certain medications or too much fluoride.

What about at-home whitening kits? 
Over-the-counter, at-home whitening kits are available from most drug stores. However, the whitening agents are not as strong as in in-office whitening sessions. Most stains on the outer layer of the teeth are lightened, though deeper, more stubborn staining remains untouched. In-office whitening allows your dentist to monitor your whitening procedure, meaning the chemicals can be stronger and more effective. Additionally, at-home kits require several weeks of continued use to see results. In-office results are visible immediately.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Carmela LaFalce, DMD at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ. Call (732) 244-4114 to schedule your teeth whitening session today!


Carmela LaFalce, DMD
Dentist - Toms River
616 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

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