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Teeth Whitening in North Andover
Many people often believe that teeth whitening causes sensitivity. Our in office whitening system ,SmilePerfected®, is a very effective, yet gentle formula of whitening gel that is activated by SmilePerfected® LED light. In just 20 minutes while you relax in the chair watching your favorite show on Netflix, you can achieve noticeably whiter and brighter smile that looks most natural to you. You will be sent home with take home touch up pen that will help enhance and maintain the whitened shade of the teeth until you are ready for another 20 minute session. Call us now at (978)965-4315 to book your consult with Dr. Lee.
Types of Tooth Stains
Teeth can stain overtime with everything that you eat or drink. Coffee, tea, wine or dark colored soda such as cola can stain your teeth. There are three different types of stain.
- Extrinsic Stains: From the food you eat, the particles can build up on the surfaces of teeth. These stains on the outer surface of teeth are extrinsic stains.
- Intrinsic Stains: They are the stains from food or drink or tobacco that penetrate through the outer layer of enamel and accumulate within enamel.
- Age related Stain: Teeth can appear more yellow with age due to darkening of dentin, the inner layer of tooth and thinning of enamel, most outer layer of tooth.
Extrinsic stains can easily be removed with regular cleaning and whitening toothpaste. However, intrinsic stain as well as age-related stains cannot be removed unless the whitening ingredient is able to penetrate through the enamel to chemically remove the stain.
Is it bad to whiten your teeth?
Teeth whitening is not harmful to your teeth or your body. The most common side effect of whitening your teeth is temporary sensitivity and gum irritation. This is due to the internal tubules of the teeth being open, allowing the whitening ingredients to penetrate and whiten teeth. Patients who have tried our in office whitening system have been very satisfied because they didn’t have any sensitivity or gum irritation even right after the whitening treatment!