Do you wish your smile was a little brighter? Teeth whitening, a cosmetic service dentistry service offered by your Kinnelon, NJ, dentist, Dr. Peter Brusco, offers a simple cosmetic dentistry treatment to remove the stains that dull your smile.

Professional whitening targets the source of stains

Professional teeth whitening agents contain hydrogen peroxide, a natural stain remover. Although many over-the-counter whiteners also contain hydrogen peroxide, dentists use strong formulations that work more effectively.

Stains can occur when darkly colored foods and beverages or tar or nicotine from tobacco products accumulate in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. Whitening gel seeps into these tiny pores, breaking apart and removing the stains.

It doesn't take long to improve your smile

You only need to spend about an hour in the Kinnelon dental office if you want to take advantage of the benefits of professional teeth whitening. The whitening process starts with a thorough teeth cleaning.

Cleaning is a particularly important step because it removes plaque and tartar from your teeth. These substances can cause tooth decay and gum disease and may also affect your whitening results. If plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, they may look speckled after whitening.

Before the hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to your teeth, your dentist will take two important steps to protect your roots and gums. Plastic retractors will keep your cheeks and lips from coming in contact with the whitening gel, while a special gel will protect your roots.

Once these preparations are made, your teeth will be coated with the whitening gel. The gel will remain on your teeth for about an hour. When it's removed, your teeth may be as much as three to eight shades whiter. Teeth whitening results typically last several years. If you avoid tobacco and darkly pigmented foods and beverages, the results may last even longer.

If you want to touch up your results from time to time or prefer to whiten at home, your dentist can provide you with whitening trays that fit your mouth perfectly.

Makeover your smile with teeth whitening? Call your dentist in Kinnelon, NJ, Dr. Brusco, at (973) 838-5862 to schedule this smile-boosting cosmetic dentistry service.