Teeth Whitening Options in Plymouth, MNTeeth Whitening Options in Plymouth MN from Smile Design Dentistry

At Smile Design Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of family dentistry services. One of the most frequent questions we get asked is: “How can I whiten my stained teeth?”

We have a wide array of options available to you depending on your needs at Smile Design Dentistry in Plymouth, MN. If you are asking what are the best investments you can make to improve your smile; this is certainly one of them! Before we go into those specific options let’s take a moment to discuss what whitening is and how teeth whitening works.

First, let’s answer some of the common questions about teeth whitening.

How does teeth whitening work?

Most whitening products that are on the market today revolve around a single concept: how can we get a peroxide-based material to contact the teeth? Everything from over the counter strips, toothpaste, and dental professional products center around this one concept. How does whitening work? Basically, the peroxide compound produces oxygen while against your teeth. This oxygen then breaks down the bonds of the stain and you get whiter teeth as a result.

How much does at‐home teeth whitening cost?

Teeth whitening can be accomplished at home with whitening products provided to you by your dentist or via commercially available, over-the-counter tooth whitening kits. Smile Design Dentistry offers safe and effective at-home teeth whitening options that range in cost from $50 to around $250. Most over-the-counter whitening products cost about $20 to $50.

Is teeth whitening safe?

When tooth whitening is performed with a product provided by your dentist under the guidance of a dental professional, it is very safe and effective. Unwanted side effects such as sensitivity and irritation to your gums are most likely to occur if whitening with over-the-counter products, not following manufacturers’ directions, or whitening too often.

How much does it cost to get your teeth professionally whitened?

Smile Design Dentistry offers three options to have your teeth professionally whitened. The most budget-friendly, “one size fits all” options start around $50. Custom whitening trays tend to be most comfortable and involve an initial investment of around $250.

As a bonus, ‘touch-ups’ with custom trays cost a fraction of this as the trays can typically be re-used if you’ve not made any major changes to your teeth. Lastly, in-office whitening is the quickest way to jumpstart your whitening progress. This typically starts around $600 and additionally includes custom trays for use at home.

Do you brush your teeth before or after whitening strips?

It is a good idea to brush your teeth prior to whitening to ensure there is not plaque or debris that could prevent the whitening product from contacting your teeth’s enamel. After whitening, you may wish to use a soft brush to remove any remaining product from your teeth. Ultimately, it is best to closely read and follow the instructions of the whitening product that you choose.

How old should you be before starting to whiten teeth?

It is generally best to wait until at least age 14 or 15 to whiten your teeth, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s policy on the use of dental bleaching for child and adolescent patients. Whitening prior to this age comes with heightened risks, and therefore should be done judiciously and only under the supervision of a dentist as part of an individualized treatment plan.

Are there side effects of teeth whitening?

The most common side effects of teeth whitening are temporary tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Tooth sensitivity typically does not last more than four days post-whitening, and your dentist can offer suggestions to prevent or address it. Gum irritation is most likely to be an issue when whitening products make prolonged contact with your gum tissues. Ask your dentist for ‘custom trays’ if you want the least risk of experiencing gum irritation.

To get your desired results with the lowest risk of side effects, it is best to have your dentist help determine the proper peroxide concentration, time, and frequency of application. This can help you avoid cases such as Schulte and others found where “sensitivity was severe enough to cause 14% of patients to discontinue bleaching treatments”.

Are professional tooth whitening services a permanent way to get rid of yellow teeth?

Yes, with the right follow-up care and improvements in daily oral hygine and consumption habits. If you have yellow teeth, it is highly likely that your dentist can help significantly improve the appearance of your teeth with teeth whitening. However, your results may or may not be permanent depending on the reason for your discoloration.

If your teeth are yellow due to tobacco use or you consume a lot of food and drink known to stain teeth (i.e. coffee, red wine, etc…), you should plan on whitening on a regular basis to maintain your brighter smile.

A December 31, 2014, Teeth whitening versus the influence of extrinsic factors on teeth stains article co-authored by Teresa Bachanek and published on Europe PMC discovered that “people who declared drinking at least one coffee cup used whitening toothpastes more frequently in comparison with the people drinking coffee occasionally and those who didn’t drink it”.

Teeth Whitening Products Available

The major differences between the products available, and the immediately noticeable effect of them are the percentage of peroxide available and the amount of contact with the teeth. Both of these two factors along with your starting shade will impact the immediate color difference you see. Generally speaking, products you buy over the counter have a lower percentage and less tooth contact. With that being the case, you will generally not notice whitening as immediately as you do with dental professional products. That is not to say that over the counter products are not effective or appropriate for some people. Please ask us at Smile Design Dentistry what makes the most sense for you, and if cosmetic dentistry is your best path to a beautiful smile.

Is light-activated teeth whitening technology safe?

When you look at the actual research for teeth whitening products using light activation the results are not any better than traditional whitening methods. The light may actually heat up the tooth leading to more sensitivity without any increased benefit in whitening. Taking these findings into consideration we made the decision to discontinue the use of these products in our office. We have found fantastic results with an appropriately tailored whitening plan and look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

At Smile Design Dentistry, we take seriously our responsibility to provide you with the best products and dental services available. Individuals requesting the use of Invisalign to straighten teeth often have our professional teeth whitening services included. More people than ever are embracing this dental treatment as it is people’s preferred way to rejuvenate their smile.

A Faster Whitening Processthe best ways to whiten your teeth

If you have a need for a faster whitening process or have a darker starting shade, you can take advantage of an in-office boost to start your whitening process. Follow this treatment with at-home trays, and you will be able to tailor your whitening needs to your ultimate goals for life-long-smiles that you will love. For a person who has internal stains, such as tetracycline staining or very gray looking teeth, whitening is still an option for you but you may require a couple in-office treatments combined with longer time in at home trays. If you are used to using trays for Invisaling treatment, this will be easy for you.

Learn about our Nite White® and ZOOM® Teeth Whitening Option. Call us for more solutions for stained teeth.

We always attempt to cater not only to whitening but all dental treatments to your particular needs and desired outcome.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation (763) 537-1238, visit our website at smiledesigndentistry.com or email at information@smiledesigndentistry.com

Author Dr. Jennifer BertrandPage updated 12.1.2020 by Dr. Jennifer Bertrand professional passion includes ongoing continuing education to provide high-quality, cutting-edge, artistic dentistry. Her top interests are in comprehensive restorative and family dentistry. She values the opportunity to get to know her patients on a personal level and believes this fosters a more comfortable, pleasant dental experience.