Teeth Whitening in Stamford, CT
Drs. Clabaugh & Trentalancia provide teeth whitening in Stamford, CT. Call 203-327-2540 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is an excellent choice for those whose teeth are healthy, but stained or yellowed. Note that whitening may not remove deep staining or pitting. Our office provides two options for teeth whitening:
In-Office Bleaching: This can usually be accomplished in just one visit. We will place a rubber shield or protective gel over your gums to protect the sensitive soft tissue. We will then apply a powerful bleaching agent containing carbamide peroxide to your teeth, and use a light to enhance its action.
At-Home Bleaching: If you prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, we will take impressions of your teeth to create a customized mouth tray. You will then add a carbamide peroxide-containing whitening gel to the tray and wear it as prescribed by your dentist. You may need to wear the tray for different amount of hours per night depending on the current shade of your teeth and the shade you desire.
We also have a brand New system called Glo. It will not require impressions and it will work great with almost no sensitivity for your teeth. It is also cut your time just to 8 minutes 4 times/day for few days. Come in and see it!
Maintaining Your Dazzling Smile
After whitening your teeth, you might wonder what you can do to keep your smile looking bright. Of course, it all begins with excellent oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings. In addition, pay attention to what you eat and drink. After consuming red wine, coffee, tea, soda, or any bright or dark sugary food, rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain water. The sooner you remove all traces of these teeth-staining items from your mouth, the less likely they are to darken your smile.
You can also make your teeth appear whiter by choosing the right lipstick. Blue or pink undertones make it tougher for the eye to perceive yellowing, giving your teeth an instantly whiter appearance. Plumping up your lips with a formulation that contains mint or cinnamon oil can increase this effect.
If you start to notice that your teeth are not quite as bright, but you’re not ready for another professional whitening treatment, pick up an over the counter whitening kit. While these are not nearly as effective as professional whitening, they can help you maintain a smile that is already reasonably white.
Porcelain Veneers for Long-Term Whitening
Ultimately, though, teeth whitening lasts a long time, but not forever. The only way to guarantee that your pearly whites do not need periodic whitening is to invest in porcelain veneers. These thin shells of dental porcelain can be crafted in the exact shade you desire, and are bonded to your teeth. They are extremely durable and can last for decades with proper care. When choosing a shade for your porcelain veneers though, be careful. It is important to take into consideration your features, hair color, eye color, and skin tone to avoid creating a fake-looking “game show host” white smile. Remember, the best-looking smile is the one that genuinely fits you.
Call 203-327-2540 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
Teeth whitening is very safe, especially when performed by a dentist. Some patients experience increased tooth sensitivity for a time after teeth whitening treatments, but this is typically temporary. That said, home teeth whitening treatments that are not approved by the American Dental Association or that are overused can cause harm to teeth by wearing away the enamel. Not only does this cause tooth sensitivity, it also results in yellower teeth in the long-term as thinner enamel allows the yellow dentin at the center of the tooth to show through.
How can I get rid of yellow teeth?
In-office teeth whitening treatments are the gold standard for whitening teeth that appear yellow. However, if your teeth are yellow because of enamel erosion and not because of staining, you may need dental bonding or veneers to achieve a whiter smile.
How long does it take to whiten teeth?
With in-office teeth whitening treatment, you can have a brighter smile in under an hour. These treatments produce the most dramatic results in the shortest amount of time. At-home teeth whitening treatments from our office take as little as two weeks to produce results, depending on the amount of stains you have and the shade of white you’re hoping to achieve.
Do whitening toothpastes work?
Whitening toothpastes are great for helping you maintain the results of professional teeth whitening treatments, but they’re not a substitute for such treatments. They can only remove surface stains and toothpastes that contain baking soda and other abrasives can wear away the enamel, ultimately doing more harm than good.
Is it worth getting your teeth whitened at the dentist?
Absolutely! As dentists, we have access to stronger whitening agents that aren’t available over-the-counter. This allows us to achieve better results in a shorter amount of time. Getting your teeth professionally whitened is also the best way to ensure that your teeth and gums are not damaged by the treatment.
Are coffee stains permanent on teeth?
Coffee and tea are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to staining teeth, but the good news is that these stains are simple to remove with in-office or at-home teeth whitening treatments.
Can dentists remove brown stains?
Brown spots may actually be areas of decay or tartar buildup on the teeth. Decay can be corrected with composite (white) fillings and tartar can be removed during a dental cleaning. Smoking and beverages that contain tannins can cause brown stains; in-office teeth whitening treatments are the best solution for dark stains like these.
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