Teeth Whitening

Stains and discoloration do not have to dull your smile — professional teeth whitening treatment can lift stains and help you reclaim a bright smile that makes your entire face look young and vibrant.

When performed by a trusted and knowledgeable dentist like Dr. Jerry M. Strauss, teeth whitening is completely safe. Dr. Strauss encourages you to explore your chairside whitening options for quicker, more comfortable and more effective treatment. We offer the Zoom system, a top whitening system preferred by dentists nationwide.

Zoom teeth whitening can break up stains caused by coffee, tea, soda, red wine, tobacco use, tetracycline, fluoride deposits and the effects of the natural aging process. Thanks to Zoom, you can look younger and healthier for a big event like a wedding or reunion — or simply your day-to-day life.

Zoom Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Whitening

Professional teeth whitening with the Zoom system is quicker and more effective than using over-the-counter whitening strips or gels. The bleaching agent is more concentrated than what you will find in a drugstore and works fast — Zoom can lighten teeth up to eight shades or more in a single treatment.

Instead of waiting weeks to see results with at-home products, professional teeth whitening produces immediate and noticeable results. The teeth look even and uniform, and there are no inconsistencies in color. Dr. Strauss can also provide touch-up trays and gel to maintain the results long-term.

Professional teeth whitening at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey is also more comfortable than at-home whitening. Stock whitening trays and strips often slide around and can leak whitening product onto the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. This can cause irritation and discomfort. Teeth sensitivity is also common with at-home, unsupervised whitening treatment. But with our dentist performing treatment, we can reduce the chances of sensitivity and discomfort for a more pleasant experience.

What Happens During Chairside Teeth Whitening Treatment?

Prior to starting whitening treatment, Dr. Strauss checks the teeth for any areas of decay or damage, like small chips or cracks. We also examine the mouth for any dental restorations since whitening treatment will not improve the color of fillings, crowns or veneers. If the mouth has undergone a lot of restorative work, Dr. Strauss can suggest a work-around to achieve an even and uniform tooth color.

Once Dr. Strauss determines there are no issues that could compromise the effectiveness of treatment, we cover up the gums with a rubber shield and apply the Zoom bleaching gel to the teeth. Then, we activate the gel with a special blue light, which allows oxygen to enter the dentin and enamel, causing the shade of the teeth to lighten. The use of the special light accelerates treatment. This bleaching effect can effectively break up stains and discoloration, allowing the teeth to shine brighter.

Once the gel has sat on the teeth for about 15 minutes, it is wiped off, and the process is repeated twice. The entire treatment should take 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

Dr. Strauss can provide custom-fitted whitening trays to use in conjunction with chairside whitening or on their own. These trays are fitted to the teeth so that they do not shift or slide around for a more powerful whitening experience.

Teeth Whitening FAQ

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?

In general, you may be a suitable candidate if you are in good health, free of any dental disease and bothered by extrinsic tooth stains (i.e., stains on the outer layers of tooth enamel). If your tooth stains affect the inner layers of teeth, you may not see noticeable improvement from teeth whitening treatment.

The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for teeth whitening is to meet with Dr. Strauss for a consultation.

How long does it take to see results from teeth whitening?

It depends on the chosen whitening method. Chairside whitening produces results almost immediately. When using at-home whitening trays or strips, it usually takes a few weeks to see noticeable improvement.

Does teeth whitening damage tooth enamel?

No, tooth whitening does not cause permanent damage to tooth enamel.

How are teeth professionally whitened?

During chairside whitening, Dr. Strauss applies a highly concentrated bleaching gel to the teeth and uses a special laser light to accelerate the bleaching treatment. As the bleaching gel penetrates the tooth, it breaks up stains and discoloration so that they are less visible.

How much does it cost to get your teeth professionally whitened?

Prices vary depending on the provider, whitening method and system used. For a price estimate, please contact Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey today.

Does dental insurance cover teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is considered elective, and most dental insurance providers do not offer coverage.

How long does a chairside whitening appointment take?

A chairside whitening appointment typically takes about 60 to 90 minutes.

Are there any risks of teeth whitening?

Two of the most common side effects of teeth whitening are temporary teeth sensitivity and gum irritation. Electing to have teeth professionally whitened can reduce the likelihood of experiencing uncomfortable side effects.

Will teeth whitening lighten existing restorations?

Teeth whitening will not lighten fillings, crowns, veneers or other dental restorations.

How can I maintain my results?

The best way to maintain the results of your whitening treatment is to avoid smoking and foods and beverages that stained your teeth in the past (including wine, coffee, tea, soda and tomato sauce). If you must drink coffee, tea or wine, drink through a straw and rinse or brush your teeth after drinking them. Brush your teeth twice a day and see our dentist twice a year for professional cleanings.

Touch-up treatments every six months to a year can also help maintain your whitening results long-term.

Is there any follow-up required?

After a chairside whitening treatment, you may be asked to return to the office a few days later so that our dentist can check your gums. If you whitened your teeth at home using custom trays, you may have a follow-up scheduled about a week into the process to check your progress.

How often does teeth whitening last?

The results of chairside teeth whitening can last one to two years or more, depending on your dental hygiene and dietary habits.

Schedule a Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

To learn more about teeth whitening treatment in Totowa, New Jersey, or book your appointment, please call 973-227-8998 or email Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey today.