Teeth Whitening Professional

Michael Shakin, DDS

Dentist located in Staten Island, NY

Having whiter brighter teeth can have a big effect on your self-confidence, and professional teeth whitening products make it easy to get beautiful, healthy-looking teeth. Dr, Michael Shakin is a leading dentist in Staten Island, NY, offering patients an array of whitening options to help them improve their smiles.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why do my teeth look yellowed and stained?

There are many things that can contribute to teeth stains and discoloration. Tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco, can all cause brown or yellow stains and overall dinginess. Some of the foods and beverages we consume, including coffee, tea, red wine, blueberries, and foods containing natural and artificial food colorings can also cause discoloration. Foods that are high in acids, like tomatoes and citrus fruits, can cause the tooth enamel to temporarily soften, making it easier for stains to penetrate and “grab hold.” Poor oral hygiene habits can also cause teeth to become yellowed and discolored. Professional teeth whitening can address all these issues.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

Our practice offers a custom take-home whitening system designed to achieve superior results compared to over-the-counter home bleaching systems. The whitening process starts with impressions of your teeth. The impressions are sent to a lab where special whitening trays are custom-made, so they fit the contours of your teeth and mouth. The customized fit helps ensure the whitening gel thoroughly covers the tooth surface for optimal and consistent results, providing far superior whitening compared to over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all bleaching products. Once the trays are ready, the patient fills them with special whitening solution, and then wears the trays for an hour each day for 10 days.

Are the trays comfortable?

Yes, the trays are made of thin material for greater comfort, plus because they’re customized for you teeth, they’re designed to be comfortable right from the start.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, the whitening system we use is designed for safe, effective , dentist-supervised whitening so patients can enjoy whiter, brighter, healthier-looking teeth. The system we use whitens teeth over a period of 10 days so it’s gentler than the one-hour in-office whitening treatments offered at some practices.

How often should I have my teeth whitened?

That depends on how well you care for your teeth between whitening treatments, the foods and beverages you consume, whether you use tobacco products and other factors. During your office visit, we can discuss the recommended frequency of whitening treatments so your teeth can always look their best.