Teeth stains and discoloration can develop as a result of the natural aging process, smoking, or consumption of common staining agents like coffee, tea, soda, red wine, berries, and other items. Our Greenwich cosmetic dentist, George Tsangaroulis, DDS, offers professional teeth whitening to patients who would like to lighten teeth stains and discoloration. Teeth bleaching may also be necessary prior to other dental treatments, like veneers or composite bonding, to ensure that all teeth and restorations blend seamlessly with each other. Overall, professional teeth whitening can be an optimal solution for individuals who want to enhance the overall look of their smile. If you are interested in learning more about how teeth bleaching can rejuvenate your smile, we invite you to read the informational sections provided below. Teeth Whitening Benefits Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening Teeth Whitening Options Tooth Sensitivity Management Teeth Whitening Results What Are the Benefits of Teeth Whitening? In addition to improving self-confidence, teeth whitening can also do the following: Provide quick results in one visit Reduce teeth stains or discoloration Lighten teeth by several shades Offer a highly-personalized treatment plan customized to the patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals Sometimes, certain teeth stains and discoloration may be too difficult to reverse. In these cases, Dr. Tsangaroulis may recommend other cosmetic solutions, like porcelain veneers, to help you achieve the cosmetic improvement you are aiming for. During the consultation, he will carefully evaluate your teeth to determine the best solution for your situation. Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening Over-the-counter bleaching strips, gels, and toothpastes can take weeks or even months to effectively lighten teeth to the shade you want. For professional teeth whitening, an experienced dentist tailors treatment to the individual and can provide desired results in about an hour. Since a dentist supervises the professional teeth whitening process, they can ensure that treatment is being completed safely and correctly. In addition, professional, in-office whitening treatments typically contain advanced bleaching agents that are not available in many over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. What Are My Teeth Whitening Options? Zoom!® In-Office Teeth Whitening Zoom!® In-Office Teeth Whitening is unique because it includes the use of blue LED technology to activate the hydrogen peroxide in the whitening gel, which accelerates the bleaching procedure. After the whitening portion of the process, Dr. Tsangaroulis applies a specialized fluoride gel to protect the enamel and help reduce tooth sensitivity. During treatment, patients can sit back and listen to music, read a book, watch TV, or take a nap. The process usually only takes about an hour to complete and is performed entirely in the office. Zoom!® Take-Home Teeth Whitening For Zoom!® Take-Home Teeth Whitening, Dr. Tsangaroulis takes impressions of the patient’s teeth to create custom whitening trays that can be used in the comfort of their home. This option allows patients to bleach their teeth when it is most convenient for them. Dr. Tsangaroulis will give clear instructions on how long to wear each whitening application. It usually takes a few days of usage to achieve optimal results. How to Manage Tooth Sensitivity During Teeth Whitening? Some patients may experience some sensitivity during or after the teeth whitening process. We usually recommend doing the following to minimize any discomfort: Use anti-sensitivity toothpaste before and after treatment Use fluoride mouthwash Brush teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and lukewarm water Avoid extremely cold, hot, or acidic foods and beverages It is important to let Dr. Tsangaroulis know if your tooth sensitivity becomes too uncomfortable. He may need to adjust your treatment plan so that the process is more comfortable for you, like reducing the amount of gel used for each treatment or increasing the amount of time between sessions. How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last? Zoom!® Teeth Whitening results usually last one to two years, depending on how well the patient takes care of their teeth after treatment. To prolong the effects of teeth bleaching, we suggest avoiding foods and beverages known to stain teeth, brushing and flossing on a regular basis (at least two times a day), and not using any tobacco products. Patients can also schedule follow-up sessions with their dentist if desired. Professional teeth whitening can be highly effective at achieving a whiter and brighter smile. If you would like to learn more, or to see if you are a good candidate for Zoom!® Teeth Whitening, we invite you to schedule an appointment today. Our talented team of dental professionals is here to help.