Brighten Your Smile by Several Shades with Professional Teeth Whitening
Consuming stain-causing substances like wine, coffee, and berries can gradually darken teeth over time. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening at our practice in Staten Island, NY, can help you achieve a bright and beautiful smile. Some patients choose to undergo an in-office Zoom!® whitening to brighten their smiles by several shades, while others prefer the convenience and affordability offered by take-home whitening kits. Additionally, it is also possible to combine both treatments for more lasting results. When you visit our practice for a consultation, Dr. Joseph Mormino will help determine the best whitening option for you based on your individual goals and financial needs. Contact Joseph T. Mormino, DDS today to schedule an appointment.
Is Teeth Whitening Right for Me?
Teeth whitening is an extremely safe and minimally invasive treatment that is available with very few restrictions. Good candidates for teeth whitening are those seeking to improve mild to moderate discoloration on the surfaces of teeth. However, patients with intrinsic stains are typically better suited for an alternative cosmetic procedure, such as porcelain veneers.
In-office Zoom!® Whitening
Undergoing a Zoom!® whitening in our office can dramatically brighten your smile after a single brief appointment. When you arrive for a Zoom!® whitening, the dentist or hygienist will begin by coating your teeth with a peroxide-based whitening gel. Next, we will use a special light to activate the whitening ingredients, allowing them to penetrate your enamel and break up stain-causing molecules. After roughly 15 minutes, your practitioner will remove the gel, apply a new layer, and repeat this process two more times. The end result is a smile that is several shades lighter.
If you would prefer to brighten your smile at your own convenience, or if you are on a budget, we also offer take-home whitening kits. These kits feature a professional-strength whitening gel and custom trays that will fit comfortably around your teeth. You will line each tray with a small amount of the whitening gel and wear them for roughly 30 minutes each day, typically for about two weeks. If you find that the whitening solution is causing tooth sensitivity, we can adjust the strength of the active ingredient to meet your needs.
I found Dr. Mormino to be especially gentle and caring and I was quite impressed with him, his dental assistants and his reception staff. —Karen S.
Maintaining Your Newly Whitened Smile
Although the results of teeth whitening are not permanent, there are some precautions and lifestyle changes a patient can make to help maintain his or her newly whitened smile. These include:
- Practicing Good Oral Hygiene: Brushing after every meal, or at least twice daily, and flossing once a day is the best defense against the buildup of stain-causing molecules and bacteria.
- Avoiding Foods and Drinks that Stain: Try to avoid or minimize your consumption of stain-causing items such as soda, wine, berries, or tomato sauce.
- Quitting Smoking: Smoking can greatly compromise the results of a whitening treatment, in addition to harming oral and overall health, so we strongly urge patients to quit.
Additionally, many patients who want to prolong the effects of whitening choose to undergo an in-office Zoom!® whitening and then use a take-home kit to perform touch-ups.
Schedule a Whitening Consultation
Both in-office and take-home teeth whitenings can help you achieve the beautiful-looking smile you have always wanted. Reach out to our practice today to schedule an appointment and learn more.