Teeth Whitening

Metropolitan Dental Care -  - Dentist

Nicole Mermet, DMD

Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Teeth Whitening Specialist
When teeth are darkened, stained, yellowed, or otherwise discolored, teeth whitening with Midtown, New York, NY area dentist Dr. Nicole Mermet may be the best solution. Dental teeth whitening can give patients the white and bright smile they deserve, conveniently located by Bryant Park and Grand Central Station.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

by Nicole Mermet, DMD

What Are the Causes of Teeth Discoloration?

There are many different reasons for teeth discoloration. Smokers often have yellowed or darkened teeth due to the chronic exposure to nicotine. People who drink a great deal of dark beverages like tea and coffee often develop slightly brownish teeth over time. Even red wine consumption can cause teeth discoloration. There are some types of medication that may cause darkening of the teeth, as well. In particular, antibiotics have been known to cause teeth darkening. The natural aging process may also play a role in the darkening of teeth. The change may happen quite slowly over time until a person suddenly realizes that their teeth are no longer bright and white like they were in their youth.

How Can Teeth Discoloration be Prevented?

In many cases, teeth discoloration can be prevented if a patient is willing to make some lifestyle changes. Smokers who give up their nicotine habit will often be able to stop further discoloration. People who drink brown or dark beverages regularly can either give up those beverages or consider drinking through a straw to minimize discoloration. When taking new medications, patients should always learn about side effects. If tooth darkening or discoloration is a possible side effect, discuss it with the doctor to learn if there is any way to avoid that.

How Can Teeth Whitening Make a Difference?

Teeth whitening at the dentist can dramatically whiten and brighten the teeth. A change of several shades, sometimes much more than that, is possible for most patients. Nearly any type of discoloration or darkening can be remedied. There are several different types of teeth whitening available today. The take-home kit includes customized dental trays that the patient fills with a special whitening gel every day. This teeth whitening generally takes about 2 weeks. There is also laser whitening in the dentist's chair, which has immediate results and can whiten teeth to the maximum degree possible.

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