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FL Dental Spa

Cosmetic Dentists located in Lighthouse Point, FL

Teeth Whitening Specialist

It makes sense that in-office teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental service — after all, your smile is one of the first things other people notice about you. Professional teeth whitening is a simple, inexpensive, and effective way to brighten your smile and make your first impression that much better. At FL Dental Spa in Lighthouse Point, Florida, Dr. Michael Gertsen provides a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services, including customized teeth whitening. If you live in the Broward County area, and you’re looking for a whiter, brighter smile, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

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What causes tooth discoloration?

Just as hair and skin come in a range of natural hues, teeth also come in various shades of white, some of which are lighter and brighter. But no matter what shade of white your teeth are naturally, staining and discoloration can make them look dull, yellow, or gray.

Depending on its cause, tooth discoloration can be a gradual process or something that happens in a relatively short amount of time. Some of the most common reasons that your pearly whites may not be so bright anymore include:


Tooth enamel gets thinner with age, which allows the yellowish dentin layer beneath your enamel to show through and make your teeth appear less white.


Coffee, tea, red wine, and berries are all known to stain teeth with their intense pigments, which readily stick to tooth enamel.


Certain prescription drugs, including antihistamines and medication for high blood pressure, can cause tooth discoloration.


Smokers often have dull, discolored teeth, because both tar and nicotine leave tough stains on tooth enamel.

What does the whitening procedure entail?

The most common in-office teeth whitening treatments are:  

Chairside bleaching

The most common approach to teeth whitening in the dental office is professional bleaching, also known as chairside bleaching. During this treatment, a rubber shield protects your lips and gums from the bleach, which is applied directly to your teeth. As the powerful bleaching agents start breaking down, oxygen penetrates the enamel to help lift stains and lighten the color of your teeth.  

Laser whitening

This new, state-of-the-art procedure involves the use of a special whitening gel that’s activated by an LED laser. During this treatment, your lips and gums are shielded before the whitening gel is applied to your teeth. When the laser activates the whitening agent in the gel, it speeds the process of breaking up stains and removing discoloration.

Am I a good candidate for whitening?

Whitening isn’t effective for all types of discoloration, so it’s important to have Dr. Gertsen examine your teeth to make sure that you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Whitening treatments are only effective for natural teeth, and don’t work well on veneers, bonding, crowns, or bridges. Yellowed teeth typically bleach well, while brown teeth bleach poorly, and grey teeth usually don’t bleach at all.

Does the treatment have any side effects?

Teeth whitening can cause your teeth to be more sensitive than usual, but any increased sensitivity should subside within a few days.


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    "Dr. Gersen was by far the best dentist I have ever been to and, I have been to over 20 dentists in my life-time."

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    "What a super helpful staff! Thank you all so much. Dr. Michael Gertson I would still be in pain of it was not for you, again thank you!"

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FL Dental Spa
3640-7 N Federal Hwy
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
Phone: 954-281-4053
Fax: 954-941-6108
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