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By Lake Marion Dental Care
October 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Dr. Noah Rounds, Dr. Thomas Nomeland, and Dr. Rebecca Nomeland of Lake Marion Dental Care offer teeth whitening in Lakeville, MN, to help you have the whitest, brightest smile possible.

Many people tend to hide their smiles because of discoloration, so questions about whitening treatments are often a common reason for dental visits. If you are considering whitening your teeth and aren’t sure whether to use over-the-counter products or schedule a whitening procedure at your dentist’s office, it’s important to understand the difference between at-home and professional teeth whitening. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your best option.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

There are typically two primary ingredients in-home teeth whitening products; carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. Both of these ingredients work by breaking down the discoloration and staining into smaller bits, which ultimately lessens the concentration of the staining to make teeth look whiter. The primary at-home treatment options include:

  • Whitening toothpaste-These products work by removing only the surface stains and discoloration. Toothpaste products rely on a “polishing motion” as opposed to bleaching ingredients. Although whitening toothpaste products are a good option for those with sensitive teeth, the downside of these products is that they must be used regularly in order to see visible results.
  • Whitening kits-These kits may consist of gels and trays, whitening strips, lights, or rinses. They generally contain a small amount of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide, which will light the tooth enamel if used regularly.

One of the primary disadvantages of using at-home whitening products is that you have to use the product consecutively for several weeks before seeing results. Another disadvantage is that these products can cause tooth sensitivity or burning, especially if used more than recommended.

Professional Teeth Whitening

When you visit your dentist for professional teeth whitening there are a few different treatment options ranging from a gentle surface whitening treatment to stronger options for extreme discoloration. One of the best benefits of professional teeth whitening is safety. Before the whitening process, your doctor does an oral exam to ensure the condition of your teeth is healthy enough for the process. Other benefits of professional whitening include:

  • Teeth can be lightened as much as eight shades in one visit
  • Gums and tooth-root surfaces are protected better than with at-home products
  • The process is professionally monitored

There are advantages and disadvantages to both teeth whitening options; however, visiting your dentist for professional teeth whitening in Lakeville, MN, will allow you to whiten teeth in a safe environment and your teeth will be whitened quicker and stay whiter longer.

To learn more information about teeth whitening in Lakeville, MN, contact Dr. Rounds, Dr. Nomeland, and Dr. Nomeland of Lake Marion Dental Care at (952) 985-8885 to schedule a consultation.

By Lake Marion Dental Care
October 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
SeeYourDentistFirstBeforeUsingaHomeTeethWhiteningKit

Are your stained teeth bumming you out? There's good news—you can transform that dull and dingy smile yourself with a tooth whitening product.

There are dozens of over-the-counter whitening kits that allow you to brighten your own smile. Although not as controlled and long-lasting as a dentist's professional whitening, these DIY kits can still give you effective results.

But since these products involve chemical solutions that bleach tooth enamel, there's a common concern about their safety. Could you be harming your teeth by using a home whitening kit?

The answer is no—as long as you follow the manufacturer's directions for using the product. These kits have been formulated with a lower percentage of bleaching agent (usually 10% carbamide peroxide) than whitening solutions used by dentists. They've also been subjected to several clinical studies gauging both their effectiveness and safety.

That said, though, exceeding a product's recommended directions and frequency of use could cause you problems. If not used properly, a bleaching solution can erode tooth enamel—and this protective tooth layer doesn't grow back! As long as you whiten "within the lines," so to speak, you shouldn't encounter this kind of situation.

With that said, though, there are good reasons to consult your dentist before using a whitening product, or have them perform the whitening for you.

For one thing, an over-the-counter whitening product won't work if the staining originates from inside a tooth. It's wise, then, to have a dental examination first before using a whitening product to uncover this or any other underlying dental problems that should be addressed first.

You may also find a professional whitening will give you a more desirable result. A stronger professional bleaching solution under a dentist's expert control can produce a brighter, longer lasting smile than a home use product. A dentist may also be able to control the level of brightness better to help you achieve the smile effect you desire, from subtle white to ultra-bright.

Whichever way you go, your dentist can advise you on your options and make sure your teeth are in good shape for whitening. The end result can be a brighter smile—and a brighter mood.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Lake Marion Dental Care
April 26, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
ExperienceAgaintheSmileofYourYouthThroughTeethWhitening

Picture yourself with a beautiful smile…what do you see? Besides straight and uniform teeth framed by the gums, you should also see one other thing indicative of a great smile—your teeth an attractive shade of translucent white.

But as you age your teeth can begin to dull as the enamel loses its translucency and the underlying dentin thickens and yellows. You no longer have the bright smile you once had in younger days.

But if the discoloration is mainly on the outer enamel, teeth whitening could be your answer for regaining your youthful smile. This is a procedure in which we apply a solution containing a bleaching agent (usually hydrogen peroxide) to your teeth. Aided by heat or light to activate it, the solution can temporarily whiten the enamel.

Teeth whitening isn't an exclusive treatment provided by a dentist—there are a number of retail products that enable you to bleach your teeth at home. But there are distinct advantages to having your teeth professionally whitened.

For one, we can control the level of brightness by adjusting the strength of the bleaching solution. This allows you to achieve the kind of look you want—from a more natural and subtler shade to a more dazzling color often called “Hollywood White.”

Any external teeth whitening application will fade with time, regardless of whether they're professional or DIY. But a dental office whitening may last longer due to our stronger solutions and curing techniques. And, by caring for your whitening (by avoiding tobacco and food items that stain teeth) and obtaining occasional touch-ups in our office, the shine could last for a few years.

Again, this particular whitening technique only works with outer staining and yellowing. If your discoloration originates from inside the teeth, you'll need a more invasive method. And your teeth should be reasonably healthy before undergoing whitening.

All in all, though, teeth whitening is an easy and affordable way to brighten your smile. It could help you take years off your appearance.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter….”

By Lake Marion Dental Care
March 17, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
WhatYouShouldKnowAboutaHomeTeethWhiteningKit

A relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. In fact, you may even be able to do it yourself at home. Although there are differences between at-home and professional whitening, the former can still be effective.

That effectiveness, though, might be dependent on how well you understand what home whitening can do and what it can’t. So before you purchase your kit, here are a few things to know about DIY teeth whitening.

Home kits are safe—when used as directed. Although nothing in life is completely risk-free, home whitening kits are relatively safe. But only if you follow the directions: If you overuse the bleaching solution beyond its intended use, you could wind up with permanent damage to your tooth enamel that can be costly to treat.

Bleaching solutions are relatively mild. Nearly all home kits use carbamide peroxide, a form of hydrogen peroxide, as their bleaching agent. Home kits usually contain no more than 10% of this agent, much lower than professional solutions. Used as directed, this amount of bleaching agent poses little to no risk to dental or general health. On the other hand, the weaker home kit solution does limit the extent of brightness you can achieve compared to stronger professional treatments.

For top results (or certain conditions), consider professional whitening. While you can obtain good results with a home whitening kit, professional whitening provides more precise brightness control and range, and may possibly last longer. That’s because your dentist has more advanced techniques and equipment, as well as stronger bleaching solutions. And, if your discoloration originates inside your teeth, a home kit won’t help—only a dentist can address that kind of discoloration.

Even if you decide to “go solo,” your dentist can still give you advice on what to look for in a home kit, as well as tips for the actual procedure. But whether you whiten at home or let your dentist do it, teeth whitening can take years off your smile and give you a more attractive look.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips: Are Bleaching Products Safe?

By Lake Marion Dental Care
December 30, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

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, Dr. Noah A. Rounds, 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 Dr. Noah A. Rounds, call Lake Marion Dental Care at (952) 985-8885.