Teeth Whitening

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April 15, 2021

Teeth whitening is a method that helps counter the dullness of the teeth. It is beneficial in multiple ways. It not only helps in making the smile brighter but also aids in reducing plaque build-up and chances of gum disease. This helps in reducing and preventing any tooth-related issues or gum diseases that often accompany age. After all, prevention is definitely better than cure. Teeth whitening is beneficial as it induces the urge to have better oral hygiene practices as well.

Teeth Whitening

Get A Brighter Smile With Teeth Whitening

Dr. George Orfaly, of Fisher and Orfaly Dental, answers all your questions about teeth whitening in detail here.

What Causes Discoloration Of Teeth?

Following are few reasons that cause discoloration:

  • Frequent consumption of tea, coffee, red wine.
  • Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
  • A lot of consumption of fluorides during childhood.
  • Aging also contributes to discoloration. With age, the enamel layer becomes thin, gradually exposing the dentin layer beneath. Dentin is darker in color than enamel.
  • If you have got your teeth damaged because of a facial injury, the discoloration can happen. Teeth change their color to damage control by laying down more dentin. And as mentioned earlier, dentin is darker than the outermost layer of teeth. Teeth change their color to damage control by laying down more dentin. And as mentioned earlier, dentin is darker than the outermost layer of teeth.
  • Any strong medications or treatments like chemotherapy can also contribute to discoloration.

Thus, in such cases, teeth whitening can prove a boon to not only improve the appearance but also in maintaining dental health.

John Dudley
John Dudley
January 20, 2022
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I could not be any more fortunate and grateful for Dr. George Orfaly accepting me recently as a new patient! I switched over from my previous provider in a nearby community after receiving subpar care and at risk of losing two teeth. He and the entire team at Fisher & Orfaly Dental have made my transition a smooth and comfortable one, setting me at ease and swiftly on the path to a promising prognosis! I also know that both Dr. Orfaly and Dr. Fisher care a great deal about the community beyond the walls of their practice, too, both quite supportive of local nonprofit and charitable efforts. This all makes me feel wonderful about being a patient, one of the best decisions I've ever made. You and your family should consider switching to Fisher & Orfaly!

William Stewart
William Stewart
January 20, 2022
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Needed a new dentist in Salem, picked Dr. Orfaly by location. I met him before agreeing to my first appointment, and so far, have been very happy. I'm a curious sob, and credit Dr Orfaly for being patient with my atmospheric river of questions. He knows how to relate to patients, and seems to be on top of his game. Highly recommend.

Carol Gray
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Everything about my dental experience is professional and considerate.

Peter Gaudreault
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Made you feel comfortable, right from the start. Definitely five stars found my new dentist!

Ed Schutte
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January 10, 2020
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I have been a patient of Fisher & Orfaly for many years now. But recently, my whole family moved to the practice. Their approach has always been kind, caring and practical.

John Dudley
John Dudley
January 20, 2022
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I could not be any more fortunate and grateful for Dr. George Orfaly accepting me recently as a new patient! I switched over from my previous provider in a nearby community after receiving subpar care and at risk of losing two teeth. He and the entire team at Fisher & Orfaly Dental have made my transition a smooth and comfortable one, setting me at ease and swiftly on the path to a promising prognosis! I also know that both Dr. Orfaly and Dr. Fisher care a great deal about the community beyond the walls of their practice, too, both quite supportive of local nonprofit and charitable efforts. This all makes me feel wonderful about being a patient, one of the best decisions I've ever made. You and your family should consider switching to Fisher & Orfaly!

William Stewart
William Stewart
January 20, 2022
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Needed a new dentist in Salem, picked Dr. Orfaly by location. I met him before agreeing to my first appointment, and so far, have been very happy. I'm a curious sob, and credit Dr Orfaly for being patient with my atmospheric river of questions. He knows how to relate to patients, and seems to be on top of his game. Highly recommend.

Carol Gray
Carol Gray
October 21, 2020
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Everything about my dental experience is professional and considerate.

Peter Gaudreault
Peter Gaudreault
August 5, 2020
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Made you feel comfortable, right from the start. Definitely five stars found my new dentist!

Ed Schutte
Ed Schutte
January 10, 2020
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I have been a patient of Fisher & Orfaly for many years now. But recently, my whole family moved to the practice. Their approach has always been kind, caring and practical.

What Happens At The Dentist’s Clinic?

  • The dentist inserts a lip retractor in your mouth. It is a simple plastic guide that just moves your lips away to examine your teeth without a hindrance.
  • After a thorough examination, a photograph of teeth is taken. This is to track the progress of whitening in further sessions.
  • Then the dentist begins cleaning your teeth. He removes the cover on enamel which is caused due to various foods.
  • Now, he puts a gel around the gums of your front teeth and uses a high-powered light to harden it. This helps to protect your gums from irritation due to bleaching.
  • Then the gel made up of 15-25% hydrogen peroxide is applied to the front teeth. The entire process may take 30-90 minutes depending on the severity of your case.
  • In few cases, laser light is also used, depending on which technology forms the backbone of the treatment.

Apart from the above-mentioned procedure, there are a few more options for teeth whitening, like custom-made whitening trays.

The dental whitening trays are fabricated by taking impressions of your teeth and then dental stone models are made from those impressions. They are then placed on a custom-forming vacuum machine. This machine will fabricate the trays.

You will come back for a second appointment to receive the trays and the prescription strength whitening gel.

Benefits Of Teeth Whitening

  • The trays are typically worn for an hour a day. The dentist has found that you will reach your maximum whitening level after 2 to 3 weeks.
  • One of the biggest advantages of professional teeth whitening treatment is that it gives you long-lasting results.
  • This treatment boosts your confidence and gives you a bright smile.
  • It is one of the speedy procedures and saves you ample time.
This article was first posted on July 15, 2018, and last updated on April 15, 2021.
Maura Murphy
Maura Murphy
January 24, 2022
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I was not a fan of going to the dentist! One might say afraid… but thanks to the amazing team at Fisher & Orfaly I am back on track with my 6 month cleanings. The team did an amazing job calming my fears and I can actually say I may even enjoy going to the dentist now! The team is professional, accommodating, and they do a fabulous job cleaning my teeth! I am so grateful that they have me back on track with great dental habits. They certainly have given me something to smile about.

Corbin Bettencourt
Corbin Bettencourt
January 24, 2022
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Who likes to go to the dentist? Fear no more. Dr. Orfaly and his staff provide an environment of ease and professionalism that relieve the jitters that so many feel during visits to the dentist. Whether a routine check up or more complex procedure, our experiences have been most positive.

Jacqueline Traynor
Jacqueline Traynor
May 19, 2021
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I am someone who has been terrified of the Dentist from a very young age, but after seeing Dr. Orfaly and his team over the past couple of months I have 100% gotten over my fears. I have never felt more comfortable and taken care of by the staff. Everyone is so nice and down to earth they make you feel welcome! Dr. Orfaly even came in on a day they were closed because I was having extreme tooth pain, and he totally fixed the problem, I will never forget that. I’m so happy I decided to go to Fischer & Orfaly, best decision I’ve ever made!

Ashley Spencer
Ashley Spencer
April 1, 2021
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Dr Orfaly is the best dentist around! I have alot of anxiety around going to the dentist & Dr Orfaly always makes sure to check in to see how I'm doing & is so nice. If a referral is needed to a specialist, he makes the call for you & gets you an appt quickly (mine was even the same day) I love how they book you with the same dental hygienist for all cleanings.. Adds another level of comfort... Shoutout to mine, Kathy!! 😊

Martina Pena-Martes
Martina Pena-Martes
February 7, 2020
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Before coming to Fisher & Orflay my daughter hated coming to the dentist, she now looks forward to her appointments fully knowing and understanding every procedure being done. They make her visits pleasant each and every time, providing excellent service with the help of their friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Sam Smullin
Sam Smullin
January 22, 2020
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After many years of neglecting my my teeth due to fear of the dentist my dental issues got bad enough that I had no choice but to adress them. I randomly selected Fisher & Orfaly and am very glad that I did. Dr Orfaly did a great job while making sure I was as comfortable as possible.After completing the initial, extensive repairs my mouth looks and feels great. In the 10 years since I first visited I had had no new major work needed. Even better, I can walk into the office without that sense of dread that is familiar to so many people.

Dr. George Orfaly
Dr. George Orfaly, D.M.D.

About the author

Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.

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