Trinity Dental Care

When should I whiten my teeth?

We often recommend teeth whitening in our Westwood, NJ dental office immediately following professional teeth cleaning. Professional cleaning removes surface stains and tartar that collect and interfere with the whitening process. 

By removing surface build-up, the whitening gel can come more directly in contact with your teeth and provide a more uniform result. Tartar can cover stains and prevent them from whitening fully.

Another time to consider whitening your teeth is before a cosmetic dentistry procedure involving restorations. When we create dental restorations, we match the final color with the natural shade of your teeth so that your smile looks seamless, not like a patchwork quilt.

Once you have your final restorations, you can whiten your teeth to touch them up if they begin to darken. How fast this happens depends on if you drink red wine, coffee, or if you use tobacco. You can keep your custom whitening trays and use them anytime your smile needs a quick boost. If you need additional teeth whitening gel, we carry it in our Westwood dental office for purchase.

Give us a call to learn more about how teeth whitening can improve your self-confidence and your smile. A consultation with one of our dentists will help you decide whether cosmetic dentistry is for you.