Teeth 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. Before we go into those specific options let’s take a moment to discuss what whitening is and how teeth whitening works.
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.
Teeth Whitening Products Available
The major differences between the products available, and the immediate 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.
What about that light that makes whitening faster? At Smile Design Dentistry, we take seriously our responsibility to provide you with the best product and service available. When you look at the actual research for 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 with these systems without out 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!
KoR Whitening System
At Smile Design the system we have chosen to provide is the KoR Whitening System. Depending on your needs and desired outcome, this system allows us go tailor your specific clinical needs to a whitening protocol that makes sense. For most people who have an even shade to their teeth, but just want a lighter, brighter smile, this means at home trays.
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 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.
Learn about our Nite WhiteÂ® and ZOOMÂ® Teeth Whitening Option.
We always attempt to cater not only to whitening but all treatment to your particular needs and desired outcome.