Teeth Whitening Specialist

R. Craig Miller, DMD -  - Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

The Miller Center

R. Craig Miller, DMD

Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Livingston, NJ

If your smile lost some of its brilliance over the years, professional teeth whitening can help. R. Craig Miller, DMD, MAGD, FICOI, of The Miller Center in Livingston, New Jersey, offers both in-office and at-home whitening treatments that boost the wattage of your smile. If you’ve been thinking of trying professional teeth whitening but are unsure where to begin, schedule a visit with Dr. Miller today to discuss your options. Online booking is available, or you can always call or stop by the office to set up your appointment.

Teeth Whitening

Why are my teeth less white than they used to be?

There are many things that alter the shade of your smile. Some of those factors are within your control, while others are not.

In some cases, your diet and lifestyle choices contribute to tooth staining. Choosing foods and beverages like tea, coffee, red wine, and certain fruits can stain your enamel over time. Smoking also causes significant staining, as do smokeless tobacco products.

Aging is also a common cause of discoloration. The outermost layer of your tooth tissue is white enamel. Just beneath that layer lies more hard tissue called dentin, which is yellow. As your enamel grows thinner over the years, more of your dentin becomes visible.

There are also certain medications and medical conditions that discolor your teeth. Even exposure to high levels of fluoride makes your teeth take on a yellow cast.

How does in-office teeth whitening work?

The Miller Center uses the Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed system to create outstanding improvements in the shade of your teeth in just one office visit. If you’re due for a professional cleaning, that takes place before your whitening session.

The office visit usually takes around 90 minutes. You’ll rest comfortably in the treatment chair as your lips and gums are covered to protect them from the whitening solution. A thin layer of Zoom whitening gel is carefully applied to the surface of your teeth and a special light helps the gel penetrate to break apart stains.

What if I’d prefer to whiten my teeth at home?

Dr. Miller also offers Day-White and Nite-White from the makers of ZOOM, an at-home whitening system that delivers impressive results. You’ll receive a set of custom trays that fit over your upper and lower teeth. A professional-strength whitening gel is also included. There are several strengths to choose from, and Dr. Miller helps you select the formulation that’s in line with your whitening goals.

You’ll place a small amount of the whitening gel into the trays and wear them for 20-45 minutes each day. After 5-10 days, the whitening process is complete and you can enjoy your bright, white smile.

If you have questions or concerns about professional teeth whitening, schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller to learn more. Online scheduling allows you to set up your visit any time of day or night, or you can always call during business hours to check availability.