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August 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningDiscover how teeth whitening in Mount Kisco could turn your smile around.

A whiter smile can be yours in no time when you get professional teeth whitening from our Mount Kisco, NY, family dentist, Dr. Carl Tegtmeier. Sure, you may be able to whiten your smile with simple at-home options; however, if you want a visibly whiter smile in about one hour and you don’t want to wait weeks for results then in-office whitening is the best option for you.

Maybe you have a big job interview coming up or your wedding day is fast approaching and you realized that your smile just isn’t as white as you would like it to be. That’s okay; this is where our Mount Kisco cosmetic dentist comes in.

In about one hour we can get smiles several shades whiter. You’ll see the difference immediately and most people get the results they want in just one teeth whitening session with us. It’s the perfect option for someone dealing with nasty yellow stains caused by foods, drinks, smoking, or age.

There are a few things that make professional in-office whitening different from over-the-counter methods. For one, the whitening gel we use contains a much higher percentage of the active whitening ingredient (usually either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide). For example, over-the-counter whitening products usually contain anywhere from 3 to 10 percent while professionally applied whitening gels use anywhere from 25 to 40 percent. So, what does this mean for you? This means, that the whitening gel we use in our office doesn’t have to remain on your teeth for more than one hour to get incredible and visible results.

In as quickly as one whitening treatment your smile could be five shades whiter (or more). Those with yellowing teeth will see the best results; however, those with more deep-set stains caused by smoking may require more than one whitening session. How many whitening sessions you may need is something that we can discuss during your consultation. Of course, if you are looking for fast and effective results there is no better option than in-office whitening treatment from a dental professional.

Don’t let a dull, stained smile keep you from feeling confident in your appearance. Getting a radiant smile is easy when you turn to our Mount Kisco, NY, dental practice. Call us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation with us.


Your teeth were meant to shine! Tooth enamel’s polished translucence, framed by the dentin layer beneath it, has a way of vibrantly catching the light when you smile. But tooth wear and structural changes as you age can dim that shine. Add to that staining caused by foods and beverages or disease and your smile could further lose its luster.

On your supermarket or pharmacy oral hygiene aisle you’ll find dozens of products promising to restore that lost luster, including toothpastes, whitening kits or even chewing gum. While such products work to some degree, our dental office may have the right solution for you: a safe and effective treatment for whitening teeth.

Why see us for teeth whitening? For one, professional whitening solutions contain a higher concentration of bleaching agent (usually 35-45% hydrogen peroxide) than home kits. We usually apply it in a gel form directly to the teeth while using barrier devices like dams to protect the lips and other soft tissue from irritation. We may then apply heat or light to the applied gel to enhance the release of peroxide into your enamel.

This professional procedure can often give you a brighter smile in fewer sessions than a home whitening kit — and it may last longer. What’s more, we can control the level of brightness to produce only a subtle change or a dazzling “Hollywood” smile — whatever your preference.

Like a home kit, this procedure bleaches staining on the outer surface of enamel, known as extrinsic staining. But you can also have discoloration deep within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, caused by a variety of reasons like tetracycline use early in life or complications from a root canal treatment. Home kits or even the professional treatment described above can’t whiten intrinsic staining.

For intrinsic staining you’ll need a special procedure that places a bleaching agent inside the tooth. Depending on the extent of staining the procedure could require more than one session.

To find out what kind of discoloration you have, visit us for a full examination. We’ll then be able to give you your options for putting the shine back in your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”

October 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Your Mount Kisco, NY, cosmetic dentist has a solution for discolored teeth. He provides teeth whitening solutions that can make your smile teeth whiteningthree to eight times brighter.

The in-office teeth whitening your doctor uses is a safer and faster route than the over-the-counter kits. Your Mount Kisco dentist will first examine your teeth to make sure you don't have any serious issues, like cavities. He will then place a retractor in your mouth, which will keep your cheeks and lips away from the whitening gel used. The gel contains a high concentration of bleaching material and professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel that should only be handled by a professional equipped and experienced at using it. The gel is then applied and left on your teeth for about an hour, then removed.

Another way to help your smile is to use a take-home whitening kit from your doctor's office. Your doctor will make a mold of your teeth to design a custom-made mouth tray that can fit over your top and bottom teeth. You simply fill the plastic trays with gel, place them over your teeth and wait for about an hour. You may have to repeat this process several times depending on the shade you want.

Teeth whitening is a great option to improve that gorgeous smile you already have, but taking care of your teeth is just as important. There are a few tips you can follow to ensure you keep your white smile.

  • Make sure to reduce and avoid unhealthy habits, like drinking coffee or tea.
  • Quit smoking and chewing tobacco; they stain your teeth and cause oral diseases.
  • Maintaining a healthy oral regimen, like brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once will keep your teeth looking white and healthy.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment just call your Mount Kisco, NY, dentist today!

August 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How a teeth whitening treatment from your Mount Kisco dentist can enhance your smileteeth whitening

You love your coffee in the morning, but you don’t love what it does to your teeth. You’ve noticed dark brown stains on your teeth that weren’t there before. The truth is it isn’t just coffee that can stain teeth. Drinking red wine or eating highly-pigmented foods like berries can stain your teeth too, and let’s not forget about how tobacco use can darken your teeth.

Now, thanks to professional teeth whitening treatments, you can say goodbye to your dental stains. Dr. Carl Tegtmeier in Mount Kisco, NY wants to help you discover what a professional teeth whitening treatment can do for your smile.

If you have a stained smile, you could choose a generic whitening product and purchase it in the grocery store. The bad news is over-the-counter whitening products often don't provide dramatic results and the abrasive chemicals can actually harm your teeth. Not only do you not have a whiter smile, but you may have tooth sensitivity too!

Choosing a professional teeth whitening treatment is a much better option because you will experience:

  • Dramatic results, up to 4 shades whiter
  • Quick results, treatment takes about an hour
  • Long-lasting results, which can last up to 5 years

Professional teeth whitening treatments are also much less expensive than other cosmetic dental treatments. Dr. Tegtmeier offers these teeth whitening treatment options:

In-office whitening, which takes about an hour; professional strength whitening gel is applied to your teeth and accelerated using a high-tech ultraviolet light. This is a great option for people on-the-go, or if you need a whiter smile for a special event.

Take-home whitening kits, which allow you to whiten your teeth when you want, in the privacy of your home; the kit contains custom-made whitening trays and whitening gel.

Isn’t it time you said goodbye to your dental stains? Now you can, thanks to professional teeth whitening. Take a step toward a brighter, whiter smile and call Dr. Carl Tegtmeier in Mount Kisco, NY today!

By Carl H. Tegtmeier, DMD
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”