Whitening and Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntington, IN
Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. Like many people, you may not be happy with the color of your teeth. Maybe you have even tried over-the-counter or drugstore whitening products with little to no success. With all the coffee, wine, smoking and foods that have the ability to stain our teeth on a daily basis, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if you would like. Our at home whitening system allows you to have complete control over the outcome you achieve with whitening. To accomplish the whitening of your teeth, we utilize a tray whitening system. This tray whitening system is completed in 2 steps. The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. Our office staff will make models of your teeth and will fabricate clear plastic trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. With these models, we’ll craft you custom whitening trays that you can use over and over.
Finally, you will take the whitening gel home and put it in the tray for a short period of time over a period of a few days. This often results in a whiter smile of 4 – 8 shades! You have control of how white your teeth become. Be sure to follow our instructions or you can make your teeth more sensitive.
Please contact us today to see if you are a candidate for this type of whitening. Please call our office to get that whiter smile started!
Crest White Strips
There are two versions of these strips; retail and professional. They both work if used long enough. The retail version has a 5% solution and the professional version—which you get from us—is a 7.5% solution. These strips also have the drawback of only covering the front teeth. Our advice: save your money for the “Whitening-for-Life” program.
Free “Whitening-for-Life” Program
In this program, we provide you with free whitening solution every six months for as long as you are in our practice. There is a nominal fee to get started to cover the cost of impressions, models and trays. After that the whitening is FREE as long as you keep our recall appointments. Ask us for details.
In office tooth whitening has become the new rage in appearance enhancement. This is a procedure that can be done in the dental office or at home and each has its advantages and disadvantages. The in-office procedure usually takes one hour and uses a concentrated whitening. It is often advertised as “ZOOM” whitening because of the fancy light utilized. Unfortunately, research has shown the light to have little or no effect but you can leave the office with whiter teeth in an hour due to the concentration of the whitener. People are used to getting tips and toes and hair done by someone else and this fits right in. However, the concentrated solution can make the teeth sensitive…so can any other whitener if used too long. We tend to recommend the at home version because you can whiten as often as you want, there is less danger of getting the concentrated solution on your gums, the cost is significantly less and your time is not tied up in a dental chair for an hour or more. We also don’t see as much tooth sensitivity.
A tooth that has been hit or has had root canal treatment can tend to get “darker” over time from the inside. This occurs from the nerve dying inside of the tooth. It is usually possible to go inside the tooth and bleach an individual tooth until it blends with the other natural teeth surrounding it. This is a very successful procedure that dramatically can improve your smile.