Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Get a Brighter Smile

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Professional teeth whitening treatments use powerful whitening agents that react violently when they come into contact with the organic stains on your tooth enamel. These compounds bleach away stains and restore the natural, white color of your enamel. At Mounds View Family Dental, we offer both take-home and in-office teeth whitening to meet the needs of every patient. Whether you prefer fast treatment or a more subtle change in the shade of your teeth, we can help! Schedule an appointment today.

Teeth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for teeth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

Opalescence® is a proven teeth whitening treatment that eliminates organic stains on the teeth and significantly brightens the smile. Opalescence® can be used with or without light activation of the gel provided at the discretion of the dentist. Opalescence® is an exceptionally quick and simple treatment. Bleaching gel is applied to the teeth for around 45 minutes. Opalescence® is completely safe and helps to protect dental enamel during treatment with added potassium nitrate and fluoride.

Opalescence® combines hydrogen peroxide that serves to whiten the teeth, with potassium nitrate that reduces sensitivity and strengthens enamel. This treatment can only be used on generally healthy teeth that are free from disease and decay.

Why Opalescence®?

  • Minimizes tooth sensitivity

  • Promotes strong tooth enamel

  • Quick treatment times

  • Reduces risk of tooth dehydration

  • Proven results

How the Opalescence® treatment is performed:

  • A thorough cleaning will remove debris from the surfaces of the teeth

  • Photographs will be taken to record the current color of the teeth

  • A cheek retractor will be inserted to expose the surfaces of key teeth

  • A resin will be painted onto the gums to protect them

  • The first covering of Opalescence ® whitening gel will be applied to the teeth for 15 minutes

  • The dentist will suction off the gel and check the whitening progress

  • More gel will be applied for a further 15 minutes

  • Again, the gel will be removed

  • The mouth will be rinsed and the final round of whitening gel will be applied.

  • The mouth will be cleaned and photographs of teeth color post-treatment will be taken

If the dentist chooses to expedite the whitening process with a specialized light, the light will be applied for approximately 30 seconds per gel application. The entire procedure, including the initial cleaning should take no more than 90 minutes.

If you have questions or concerns about Opalescence ® or any other whitening treatment, please contact your dentist.

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(763)432-3399

Address 5366 Edgewood Dr Mounds View, MN 55112

Email info@moundsviewfamilydental.com