Teeth Whitening

Dr. G's Weightloss

Medical Weight Loss Clinic located in New Hartford, NY

Few aesthetic treatments can make such a quick and dramatic change in your appearance and your self-esteem like teeth whitening. The team at Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness offers teeth whitening to make your smile as vibrant as your personality. When you’re ready to eliminate embarrassing stains, schedule an appointment by calling the office in New Hartford, New York, or using the online booking feature.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What Types of Stains Can Affect My Teeth?

Although the enamel on the outside of your teeth is quite strong, it’s just porous enough to slowly absorb the colored pigments found in foods and other products. As a result, the enamel becomes stained and your teeth take on a yellow appearance.

The most common sources of stained teeth include:

  • Food & Beverages with Dark Pigments: Although anything you consume that contains deeply colored pigments can stain your teeth, some of the most common sources are coffee, tea, red wine, cranberry juice, and berries.
  • Acidic Products: Acids are naturally high in some foods, while they’re added to others. With frequent exposure, these acids erode your enamel, creating an area that’s highly susceptible to staining. Some acidic products are a double threat because they also contain pigments. A few of the most common culprits are cola, fruit juice, tomato sauce, and vinegar.
  • Tobacco Products: Whether from cigarettes, cigars, or chewing tobacco, nicotine, and tar cause yellow and brown staining.

You can also develop intrinsic staining, which occurs deep inside the tooth as the inner pulp yellows over time. This type of stain is not treated with a surface bleach.

What are the Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening?

The teeth whitening products available at your local pharmacy have a limited effect because their bleaching agents are weak compared to professional products. It’s also easier for a professional to be sure your treatment covers every tooth for even results.

When you get teeth whitening at Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness, you can also count on adequate protection for your gums, cheeks, and tongue. These soft tissues are easily irritated by bleaching agents, including the less-concentrated formulas in over-the-counter products.

Who is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Almost everyone is a good candidate, but there are a few precautions. For starters, be sure you’re not allergic to the bleaching agent (peroxide). Teeth whitening is not recommended if you’re younger than 16, you’re pregnant, or you have cavities or gum disease.

If you have a dental crown, you should also be aware that your crown won’t respond to bleaching. Of course, porcelain crowns also resist staining, so you may have already noticed that your crown is lighter than the rest of your teeth. You can whiten the surrounding teeth to match the crown, but if they end up lighter, your crown will stand out.

To brighten your smile, call Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness or book an appointment online.