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At White Bear Smiles, we strongly believe in education, both for ourselves and for our patients. We've found that patients who take charge of their dental care and ask questions about their health, our practice, and dentistry in general tend to have better overall outcomes.
So go ahead! Ask us your questions! We're happy to take the time to give you the information you need to make decisions about your care.
We've collected some of our most commonly heard questions here, but if you need more information or you don't see your question, don't hesitate to give us a call. We're here to help.
ZOOM! Teeth Whitening
The proliferation of toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth leads consumers to think that these whitening toothpastes are miracle cures. Truthfully, these toothpastes are not that effective at whitening the underlying tooth. They tend to remove stains so that the underlying whiteness of the tooth becomes more apparent.
It is important to note that while these toothpastes may be helpful in removing stains, some brands of whitening toothpastes can damage tooth enamel. These toothpastes use harsh abrasives. Repeated use over long periods can result in damage to tooth enamel.
Use of these products should be limited to a month at a time – or alternate daily between using a whitening toothpaste and a conventional toothpaste.
Always check with your dentist before trying a new dental product.
If you have yellow or brown tooth stains, you may be considering a tooth whitening product. If you have an event on the horizon—wedding, reunion, or a job interview—you may be weighing your options.
Of course, there are a variety of products available to help you achieve a brighter smile, but not all products are created equal.
At White Bear Smiles, we use ZOOM! teeth whitening because our patients love their results, and we have found that this system whitens teeth evenly and predictably compared when with store-bought kits and gels.
It’s important to remember, too, that teeth whitening under the discretion of a dental professional means a prescription-grade product and even bleaching.
Additionally, professional teeth whitening in White Bear Lake means your dentist has examined your teeth and gums and deemed bleaching safe—this is not true with store-bought kits. And if your teeth are not in the right condition for bleaching—or the abrasive ingredients that may be part of your kit—you may end up with tooth sensitivity.
Contact Our Dental Team to Schedule Your Tooth Whitening
If you would like to discuss professional teeth whitening in White Bear Lake and learn whether you’re a candidate for ZOOM!, contact a member of our team today.
Many factors work to destroy the naturally white smile we are born with. Tobacco, certain foods we eat, and certain drinks actually stain teeth. These substances continually work on our teeth causing our white smile to gradually fade.
Hot coffee and tea are especially hazardous to your smile because they change the temperature of your teeth. This temperature change – hot and cold cycling – causes the teeth to expand and contract allowing stains to penetrate the teeth. Just cutting down on coffee and tea can go a long way to creating a great smile.
Foods that are slightly acidic are also dangerous to your white smile. These foods open up the pores of the tooth enamel allowing stains to move more easily into the tooth.
Your dentist can help you with more tips on keeping a white smile.