DID YOU EVER WISH YOU HAD A BRIGHTER SMILE? You can.
Teeth Whitening Options
Laser Teeth Whitening
Whether it’s a glass of red wine with dinner, a handful of blueberries for a snack, or that cup of morning coffee — all of these favorites of our collective diets tend to stain our teeth. Plus, our teeth naturally become a little more dingy with the passing years. But at Broadway Family Dentistry we can brighten your smile with our in-office or at-home teeth whitening treatments. They’ll take away the stains and leave your teeth up to eight shades whiter.
Our office has two great fast teeth whitening options in Minot, North Dakota.
The first option is great for people that do not have a lot of time but want that jump start to lighter/brighter teeth in just one visit. Dr. Jensen uses professional strength whitening gel and our laser to safely speed up the whitening process.
Unlike other whitening lights, the use of our Er: YAG laser does not heat the nerve of the tooth the way some intense lights or lasers can. This significantly reduces any risk of nerve damage and sensitivity caused by many of the other whitenings.
Professional Teeth Whitening
The second option is perfect if you want the initial boost of an in-office treatment, but the ability to touch up your brightness of the teeth at home, our custom whitening trays are your best choice. In just two short appointments, custom fit trays are fabricated and delivered.
Professional grade whitening material is sent home with you to whiten teeth faster and more predictably than any product available for purchase OTC. Within a few days, you will already notice a difference in color. It doesn’t take long to brighten your smile.
Why do teeth stain?
Our tooth enamel, like our fingerprints, is unique. No two people have exactly the same color and porosity. There are many reasons our enamel becomes stained and more yellow. Some you can control; others not so much. Most stains are on the enamel, the outer protective covering on the teeth. Some, especially the result of medications, can be on the dentin (the bulk of the tooth beneath the enamel) and are harder to address.
These factors can impact the whiteness of your teeth:
- What you eat — Foods such as blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries have natural pigments in them that stain the teeth.
- What you drink — Coffee, tea, red wine, some juices, and colas also stain your teeth.
- Smoking — Nicotine leaves yellow stains on the teeth.
- Drugs — Tetracycline is the main culprit in stained dentin. This antibiotic used heavily in the 60s and 70s left the teeth of many children who had taken it stained. Sometimes this staining is so deep and pervasive that the only way to address it is with bonding or porcelain veneers.
- Fluorosis — If a child has too much fluoride, it leads to fluorosis, which stains the teeth. This is very rare.
- Your genes — Each of us has a different shade of the enamel on our teeth. Some is more yellow than others.
What is teeth whitening?
At Broadway Family Dental, we offer two teeth whitening procedures for our patients to remove the stains and return your teeth to their natural whiteness. Our in-office treatment uses a laser to activate our professional whitening gel. Our at-home whitening trays accomplish the same degree of whitening, but at a slower pace at home.
How does teeth whitening brighten my teeth?
The enamel, the protective outer layer of our teeth, may seem hard as a rock — in fact, it is the hardest tissue on the human body — but it is also porous. That’s how stains accumulate. When we eat a blueberry or have some coffee, our saliva washes away most of the pigment present in these foods and drinks. But tiny amounts penetrate the enamel and lodge. You don’t notice any staining immediately, but over time it makes your teeth more and more yellow and dingy.
Teeth whitening gels, usually made of hydrogen peroxide, break up stains in the enamel in much the same way detergents do with clothing stains. The peroxide gel penetrates the enamel, just as the stains did, and they directly impact the pigment, breaking it up and washing it away.
What are the teeth whitening treatments at Broadway Family Dentistry?
At Broadway, we offer two teeth whitening options. Here’s how they work.
- In-office whitening — For our in-office teeth whitening, we first use a shade template to identify the degree of staining on your teeth. Next, we cover your gums. We then paint our hydrogen peroxide gel onto each tooth by hand. This ensures even, complete coverage. Next we use our Er:YAG laser to activate the whitening agents in the gel. This does so without irritating the nerves and causing tooth sensitivity. The gel is then removed. For more involved staining, we may repeat the procedure a second time. Generally, our in-office teeth whitening takes about one hour.
- At-home whitening — If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, we provide custom trays and professional-strength carbamide peroxide gel. This is far more effective than the over-the-counter options you can buy at the grocery store. For our at-home whitening, we also start with a shade guide. This not only tells us how much whitening you need, but it gives a kind of before and after view. We then take impressions of your teeth to use to make custom bleaching trays that precisely fit your teeth.When your trays are finished you return for a brief second visit and we check the trays for fit. Then we give you detailed instructions on how you will use your trays and our special whitening gel at home. When home, you will put the whitening gel into the trays and wear them for 30 minutes to one hour for a period of one to two weeks, depending on how much whitening you need.Before you place the trays in your mouth, you’ll need to brush and floss your teeth. Obviously, you can’t eat or drink anything while the trays are in your mouth, but also for 30 minutes after removing them. The same goes for smoking.
How long does teeth whitening take?
Our in-office teeth whitening takes about one hour. Our at-home whitening kits need to be on your teeth for 30 minutes a day for one to two weeks.
How long will my teeth stay white?
As you would assume, this depends on you. If you drink more coffee and red wine, and enjoy our North Dakota summer raspberries and blueberries, your teeth will eventually stain again, but they should look great for at least a year.
Your home hygiene will play a role. If you’re diligent with brushing and flossing, and use an ADA-approved whitening toothpaste, your teeth will stay white. Also, it’s important to keep your twice-yearly professional cleaning and exam appointments with our team at Broadway Family Dental. When we clean your teeth we use a moderately abrasive paste that scrubs away stains on the enamel.
Also, if you have at-home trays, you can simply come back in for another batch of whitening gel and whiten your teeth again. Or, come back in for another in-office treatment.
Will I see immediate results with teeth whitening?
With our in-office teeth whitening, you’ll come in and in an hour your teeth will be up to seven or eight shades whiter. With our at-home kits, your results will take about two weeks to fully show, but each 30-minute treatment will make them whiter and whiter.
Does teeth whitening cause my teeth to be sensitive?
Teeth whitening can make your teeth a little sensitive for a day or two, but this passes. Teeth whitening is a safe and satisfying procedure.
Is teeth whitening covered by insurance?
Teeth whitening is considered to be an elective “cosmetic” treatment, and it is not covered by insurance.
For more information about teeth whitening in Minot, ND serving patients from Williston, Garrison, New Town, Rugby, Bismark and Devils Lake, ND, give Broadway Family Dentistry a call at (701) 839-1299 or fill out a Contact Form here.