When you hear the expression, “pearly whites,” do you think about that model that we often see on TV or in magazines with that beautiful set of white teeth? Do you ever wonder how much work it takes to have a smile like that? Well, the answer is: about an hour!
Brooklyn’s resident orthodontist and master smile maker, Dr. Ted Rothstein is now offering the latest technique in the teeth whitening industry. The procedure is called “non-laser power bleaching” and it offers a great alternative to previous methods of teeth whitening. It is available to individuals whether or not they need or want orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Rothstein began offering the tooth whitening service when he realized that after his orthodontic patients got their braces off they wanted their straight teeth to be whiter too. Since the retainers that hold the teeth in place are virtually identical to the trays that hold the whitening solution, he decided to offer teeth whitening as a service for his patients. The first procedure Dr. Rothstein offered took 6-12 weeks to complete. It required wearing the whitening tray full time and did not always produce the best result because patients did not have the discipline to apply the whitener every two hours as per instruction. In spite of these obstacles most patients went through with this method because there were no alternatives.
Moreover, patients who have gone through 24 months of orthodontic treatment have little or no patience for a procedure which take a long time. The new approach provides you with immediate gratification.
The questions that he gets the most are 1. Does it work? and, 2. Does it last? Yes it works, and very well at that. You have only to stop by the office for a few minutes and see the album of patients who have had their teeth whitened. As for it’s endurance — that depends. Those who are diligent in the use of a whitening tooth paste such as Rembrandt’s Dazzling White, which the office provides a month’s supply of, will have results that can last 2-5 years.
The Rembrandt Sapphire teeth whitening system perfected by Denmat Rembrandt, the world’s foremost leader, continues to lead the industry in brilliant result-producing products. The non-laser blue light emitted by Denmat’s especially designed light focusing mouth-piece that precludes the use of now historic method of focusing the power source on one tooth at a time, achieving the same dramatic results as a laser yet not as harsh, and with practically no discomfort. The entire procedure takes about one hour, and most patients fall asleep during the procedure.
The chemical agent that is used to whiten the teeth is a 25 hydrogen peroxide solution painted on each tooth. After the peroxide is painted on, a blue light is shined on each tooth three seconds at a time. The blue light causes the light-sensitive peroxide to break down into oxygen that combines with the deep yellowish-brown stains on and within the teeth and decolorizes them. The light is passed over the teeth a maximum of nine times or until desired result is attained.
There are some limitations to this whitening technique. The most important being the inability to whiten crowns, caps, veneers or bridges to the same shade as natural (vital) teeth.
Patients who are thinking about getting lingual braces will be delighted to know that having braces on is not an impediment to having their teeth whitened.
A Consultation-examination is available for anyone interested in the new non-laser power bleaching procedure. More information about this technique including frequently asked questions and answers are available on Dr. Rothstein’s website www.drted.com.
Dr. Ted Rothstein
35 Remsen St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718 852-1551 Fax 852-1894