Teeth Whitening Specialist

Pemberton Dental Associates

General Dentistry located in Lawrence, MA

If you use over-the-counter whitening products without seeing much of a difference, professional teeth whitening can help you reach your goals in very little time. At Pemberton Dental Associates in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Frank Varinos, DMD, gives you a choice between quick in-office whitening or take-home whitening. Book your consultation for teeth whitening over the phone or online at Pemberton Dental Associates today.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is the process of lifting stains and lightening the color of your teeth. It’s a simple way to get a more striking smile that doesn’t involve any alterations to the natural structures or position of your teeth. 

Teeth whitening products contain bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in varying concentrations. The bleach in a teeth whitening product works by breaking down the pigments in your teeth into smaller particles that aren’t as visible as they are when they’re concentrated and close together. 

When you whiten your teeth with Pemberton Dental Associates, your dentist reminds you that restorations like crowns or veneers won’t respond to teeth whitening. If you want them to match, you should whiten your teeth before getting restorations or get whiter replacement restorations after treatment. 

What causes tooth staining?

Your likelihood of having glistening white teeth gets lower as you age, as there are many products, foods, and medications that affect the shade of your teeth. Staining that you can remove with teeth whitening at Pemberton Dental Associates includes discoloration from:

  • Tobacco use
  • Berries
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine

As a rule of thumb, you can remember that yellow stains on teeth lift well with teeth whitening whereas dark gray discoloration does not. Such dark discoloration tends to come from traumatic injuries of the teeth and medications. 

What are my best options for teeth whitening?

There are countless products on the market that advertise as whitening products, from strips to specialized toothpaste. Any of these over-the-counter products might result in a slight change in shade for your teeth, but their results are meager compared to professional dentist-supervised whitening treatments at Pemberton Dental Associates. 

For outstanding teeth whitening results, you should consider:

In-office whitening

Chairside teeth whitening at Pemberton Dental Associates involves an application of a bleaching product on your teeth with a protective barrier blocking your gums. A bright light or laser activates the bleach for drastic results in a single visit. You can come back for multiple regular visits to get to the shade you want. 

Custom take-home whitening trays

Custom take-home whitening trays let you whiten your teeth on your own time. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth to create trays that fit over them and gives you a bleaching product to place in the trays’ interior. Whitening times depend on the bleach concentration, and your dentist tells you how long and how often to use your trays at home. 

Getting whiter teeth is possible with professional products and services. Schedule your teeth whitening consultation over the phone or online at Pemberton Dental Associates today.