Teeth Whitening Specialist

Barry J. Grossman, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Barry J. Grossman, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Restorative Dentist located in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Barry Grossman offers many cosmetic procedures including teeth whitening and veneers. The doctor and his staff offer their services to New York residents who live in Mill Basin, Brooklyn and the surrounding areas.

Teeth Whitening

How Often Should a Teeth Whitening Procedure be Performed?

Most dentists recommend that teeth whitening procedures be limited to only twice a year. Teeth whitening procedures that are performed too often can damage the sensitive enamel of a person's teeth. Once the enamel is damaged it cannot be repaired. As a person ages, the enamel may begin to thin, leaving the teeth open to the risk of potential damage. Whitening systems often can contain abrasives that will hasten the deterioration of the enamel and cause permanent damage. If a patient is worried about damaging their teeth with at-home whitening systems, the procedure can be performed at the dentist's office with fewer side effects and better results.

Are Teeth Whitening Toothpastes Safe to use Every day?

Most types of teeth whitening toothpaste are safe to use on a regular basis. Most doctors recommend, however, limiting their use to three or four times a week. Because of the abrasives they contain, most dentists recommend their patients avoid using them on a daily basis. It is important to use a fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities and strengthen the teeth. Proper brushing removes debris and bacteria that can build up on the teeth throughout the day and overnight. If a patient is interested in whitening their teeth, the dentist can perform a whitening procedure in their office that will both whiten and protect the teeth. This eliminates the need for a whitening toothpaste that can eventually wear away the enamel of the teeth.

Is it Safer to Have a Dentist Whiten a Patient's Teeth?

Over the counter teeth, whitening systems can damage the sensitive enamel of a person's teeth. The same is true for toothpastes that claim to have teeth whitening properties. While the systems contain bleaching agents, the toothpastes can contain harsh abrasives that gradually wear away the enamel leaving the teeth exposed to debris and other bacteria that cause cavities and dental caries. Dentists have started offering teeth whitening procedures in their office. The procedures are more effective and cause less damage to the surface of the teeth. The procedures are monitored and controlled so that the teeth are only exposed for as little time as possible to achieve the maximum result.

Insurance Information

For questions regarding insurance, please call the office.

Delta Dental
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Principal Dental
United Healthcare