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Unhappy with your stained smile? Professional teeth whitening applied by our dental staff can renew your smile by eliminating stains/discolorations as well as brightening teeth that have become dull with age. Here at Lake Marion Dental Care in Lakeville, MN, our dentists, Drs. Thomas and Rebecca Nomeland, can help you improve your look with this popular cosmetic treatment—read on to learn more!
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening can renew your smile by removing stains and discolorations caused by foods, beverages, medications, or injury. Whitening treatments can also brighten teeth that have become dull due to aging or other factors. A major benefit of this treatment is its quick-acting speed. In fact, it is possible for teeth to become several shades whiter after just one in-office treatment session. Furthermore, the results can last up to five years before additional treatments are needed.
While it is possible to purchase over-the-counter whitening products, such as toothpastes or whitening strips, these products do not contain the same professional quality bleaching agent used by our Lakeville dentists. Consequently, it can take much longer to achieve noticeable results—results that are not likely to last as long, either. Additionally, over-the-counter whitening products are often abrasive and can potentially wear away tooth enamel.
Teeth Whitening Procedure
The teeth whitening treatments available at our office involve the use of a high-quality, professional-strength bleaching agent. The bleaching agent works by penetrating the outer layers of tooth enamel to target stains and discolorations underneath. Prior to applying the bleaching agent, special steps are taken to protect the lips and gums. A whitening gel is then applied to the teeth and left in place for up to one hour. Once the whitening gel is cleaned off, you will notice a significantly whiter and brighter smile.
Interested? Give Us a Call
If you are ready to improve your smile with teeth whitening, schedule an appointment with a dentist at our Lakeville practice. For an appointment with Drs. Thomas or Rebecca Nomeland, call Lake Marion Dental Care at (952) 985-8885.
Dealing with a cracked or broken tooth? Getting a dental crown can help.
No matter whether you cracked a tooth while eating something crunchy or you just sustained a sports-related dental injury, it’s important that you turn to our Lakeville, MN, dentists Drs. Thomas and Rebecca Nomeland when any family dentistry issues arise. Luckily, we offer a full range of family dentistry services to be able to restore a tooth after an injury, infection, or decay. One way in which our dentist can strengthen a damaged tooth is by placing a dental crown.
Are you dealing with any of these problems?
- A weak tooth
- A tooth that has widespread decay
- A tooth that is cracked or fractured
- A severely discolored or misshapen tooth
- A missing tooth
If you said “yes” then a dental crown may be the best way to improve the health of your smile. In most instances, a dental crown is used for restorative purposes; however, it can also improve the overall color, shape, and appearance of a tooth. Since a crown is placed over the entire visible portion of a tooth it will encapsulate the structure and protect it from further damage.
Crowns are often made from a durable tooth-colored material like porcelain, which can be matched to the shade of your smile so it looks just like the rest of your natural teeth. You won’t be able to tell the difference between a crown and a real tooth.
In order to get a dental crown, we will first need to prep the tooth. Since the crown fits over a tooth we will need to make room for the crown. To do this, our Lakeville, MN, general dentists will need to shave down the tooth. We will first apply a local anesthetic to the area prior to prepping the tooth. Once the area is numb and we have shaped the tooth, we will then take molds of your mouth, which will be sent to a dental lab so they can create your custom-fitted crowns.
Crowns are versatile, as they have the ability to protect and strengthen teeth, restore missing teeth, and even improve the aesthetics and appearance of a smile. So many people can benefit from what dental crowns have to offer.
If you are dealing with a damaged or weak tooth it’s important that you turn to the dental experts at Lake Marion Dental Care to find out what they can do to protect the health of your smile. Call our Lakeville, MN, dental office to schedule an appointment or ask questions about family dentistry today.
Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist have the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.
Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.
What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.
How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Contact Your Dentist
You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.