Teeth Whitening



Are you embarrassed by stained or discolored teeth? Do you want a brighter, more appealing smile? You are not alone. A recent survey found that 80 percent of Americans ages 18 to 49 want whiter teeth. Six out of ten people believe that a whiter smile would boost their self-confidence.

Fortunately, our office offers teeth whitening which keeps your smile looking its best.

Healthy tooth enamel is usually pale yellow to bluish-white in color, but many factors can stain or discolor the enamel. Certain beverages, such as tea and red wine, contain tannins that can discolor teeth. Coffee can darken enamel, while fruit juices can turn your enamel yellow. Berries, beets, chocolates, nuts, certain sauces, ketchup, and popsicles containing food coloring can discolor your teeth. Cigarettes and chewing tobaccos contain nicotine and other additives that cause stubborn brown and yellow stains on teeth. Aging, the use of certain medications, trauma to the teeth, and even fluoride or mineralization in drinking water can cause your teeth to change color.

There are several ways to improve the appearance of your smile, such as veneers or dental crowns, but teeth whitening is one of the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective ways of creating a more appealing smile. Veneers and crowns are permanent solutions to stained or discolored teeth, but they involve several trips to the dentists and are more expensive than teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening, especially in-office teeth whitening performed by a dental professional, is safe and effective. Perhaps best of all, teeth whitening provides instant results. 


When it comes to whitening your teeth, you have several options: stain removal toothpastes, over-the-counter bleaching products, in-office teeth whitening, and at-home bleaching from your Sarasota dentist. Stain removal toothpastes and over-the-counter products can provide adequate results for teeth that are already white, but in-office teeth whitening and at-home bleaching from Dr. Schweizer and Dr. Porto provides superior results. This is especially true for those with significant stains or discolorations on one or more teeth – dental professionals have the tools, training and expertise to optimize the outcomes of teeth whitening.

Dr. Schweizer and Dr. Porto create a personalized whitening plan for those patients who want whiter teeth. We use Zoom! whitening treatments and provide at-home bleaching kits to his patients, because these approaches provide the best results. During Zoom! whitening, our dentists apply the whitening product directly to your teeth then uses an LED light to accelerate the whitening action of the gel.

At-home bleaching kits work for patients who have only mild staining or discolorations, or who want to help their in-office treatments last longer. Dr. Schweizer and Dr. Porto provide custom-made bleaching trays, along with a strong, yet safe bleaching solution. To get the best results, wear the trays with the gel as prescribed. In most cases, our dentists will have patients wear the trays for several hours each day or night for up to four weeks.

While the effects of teeth whitening are noticeable, they are not permanent. Exposing your teeth to staining foods and beverages can ruin the effects of teeth whitening – sometimes in as little time as one month. Avoiding staining foods and beverages, such as tomato-based sauces and coffee, can help you keep your white, bright smile for as long as one year. Undergoing another whitening treatment or touch-up whitening treatment can keep your smile looking its best.