Teeth Whitening in White Bear Lake, MN
What do you see when you smile at yourself in the mirror? Does it make you happy?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you have more options than you might realize. This, of course, doesn’t mean that you have to run out tomorrow and spend thousands of dollars on a full smile makeover. In most cases, a simple and affordable option like professional teeth whitening can significantly improve your appearance and your outlook on life.
At our White Bear Lake dental office, we offer our patients ZOOM! teeth whitening to remove stains and provide a whiter, younger-looking smile. Our patients love the results they get with ZOOM!, and we love seeing their happy smiles!
What Causes Dental Discoloration?
As we get older, our teeth tend to lose their luster and become darker in appearance. This happens for a variety of reasons. In some cases, it can come down to the foods we enjoy. Coffee, red wine, tea, and foods like curries and dark berries can all leave dark stains on our teeth. Smoking is another common culprit. Smoking can do a great deal of damage to your teeth and gums, and if you currently smoke, we encourage you to quit.
Sometimes, a darker smile is the result of genetics. If your parents had a dark smile, you might have inherited this tendency. This is usually due to thin enamel that allows the darker dentin beneath to show through.
How Does ZOOM! Work?
If you are unhappy with the shade of your smile, make an appointment so that you can discuss your options with Dr. Anderson. He’ll examine your teeth, discuss your habits, and determine whether teeth whitening is a good option for you. Just about anyone with reasonably healthy teeth can whiten comfortably and safely. ZOOM! even contains a desensitizing agent that makes it possible for people with sensitive teeth to whiten without discomfort.
In-Office Whitening – If you need a brighter smile quickly, whether you have a special occasion coming up or you simply want to look better fast, we can discuss in-office whitening. This procedure allows us to whiten your teeth in about an hour. After a cleaning, we’ll apply the whitening product to your teeth and then activate it using our special light. After a few minutes, we remove the product and then repeat the process.
Take-Home Whitening – We offer a few different whitening products that you can use at home, including a gel with custom-made trays that are designed to perfectly fit your teeth. You’ll be able to whiten your teeth when it’s most convenient for you.
What About Over-the-Counter Whitening Products?
We get a lot of questions about the range of products available in drug and grocery stores that claim to provide the same results as professional whitening. The reality, though, is that these products are not available in the same concentration as professional products, they are not customizable like professional products, and you don’t have oversight from your own dentist like you have with professional products. Some of these products can actually cause problems such as damage to your enamel and increased sensitivity. If you have questions about these products, we are happy to answer them and show you why a professional whitening product is usually a better choice.
Call to Schedule Your Consultation
Are you ready to improve the appearance of your smile? Just give us a call and schedule your next appointment! We look forward to speaking with you!