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Are you longing for a beautiful smile? Sometimes, all it takes is an improvement in tooth color. At Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, professional teeth whitening is a popular, safe, and truly effective treatment which brightens tooth color by up to eight shades. Learn here how Drs. Michael Babcock and Tom Morgan help patients have their best possible smiles right in the dental chair.
Dental stains are no surprise
But, they are very disappointing and embarrassing. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that most Americans would like whiter smiles, seeing them as wonderful personal assets. Age, medications, oral injury, tobacco, and dietary choices dull and discolor tooth enamel as it absorbs organic matter over time, but modern whitening methods can bring back a smile's youthful brightness.
Many people try commercial whitening toothpastes, rinses, and strips, finding their results variable at best. Also, many products, particularly when incorrectly applied, cause uncomfortable dental and gingival (gum) sensitivity. However, there is an alternative...
Professional teeth whitening
At Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, your dentist provides the latest in tooth bleaching techniques. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you have a limited number of restorations, you may qualify for professional whitening. Your dentist will tell you for sure if this cosmetic service is right for you and can produce the results you desire.
During this service, you'll spend about an hour to an hour and a half in the dental chair. Your dentist will place a protective dam in your mouth to keep the whitening gel off your gums, lips, and other oral tissues. Then, they will apply the highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. The gel seeps in and literally lifts staining organic matter right out of tooth enamel. After a final rinsing, you'll see an amazing difference in the sheen and color of your teeth.
A lasting smile
Take care of your whitening smile with:
- Daily brushing and flossing
- Consumption of plenty of water every day along with a nutritious diet
- Smoking cessation
- Whitening touch-ups as needed
Additionally, be sure to see your dentist twice a year for a check-up and hygienic cleaning.
At Babcock & Morgan Family Dental, you can rejuvenate your smile with easy professional teeth whitening. Come in for a consultation and ask about the other cosmetic dental treatments our dentists offer. Call us today at (952) 447-4611.
If you desire a younger, refreshed look for your smile, consider teeth whitening from Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, MN and serving Shakopee, New Prague & Savage MN. Superior and safer than over the counter whitening strips, rinses or pastes, this cosmetic dental service is very much in demand. Why? It's because older teens and adults desire to look their best and to feel more confident in social and professional situations. You, too, can eliminate the stains and dinginess that mar your healthy smile.
What is professional whitening?
Professional teeth whitening in Shakopee uses potent hydrogen peroxide gel. Applied directly to stained tooth surfaces, the gel penetrates highly mineralized enamel, oxidizing organic matter from:
- Tobacco (both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco)
- Dark foods such as blueberries and curry
- Dark drinks such as coffee, tea, sports drinks and colas
- Lack of brushing and flossing at home and hygienic cleanings at the office
- The aging process (with advancing age comes darker and/or thinner enamel)
- Prescription medications such as antihistamines and antihypertensives
The comfortable treatment at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental takes only 60 to 90 minutes. It happens right in the dental chair. Patients leave with smiles that are brighter by eight or more shades of color. Plus, because the process is professionally supervised, people experience no tooth or gum sensitivity as can happen with retail whitening products.
Are you a candidate?
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that many people are. Dental and gingival health is key to whitening safety and effectiveness. So Dr. Morgan, Dr. Babcock, or Dr. Jaberi will examine your teeth and gums before starting the whitening process to be sure all is well.
Additionally, the best whitening candidates:
- Don't smoke or chew tobacco
- Limit dietary choices that stain enamel
- Brush twice a day and floss daily at home
- Get six-month cleanings at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental
Will your whitened last?
Yes, professional teeth whitening can last for years. However, occasional touch-ups at the dental office refresh problem areas.
Also, you should know that your Shakopee dentist often combines professional teeth whitening with other cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers for a complete cosmetic smile makeover. Ask him or her what treatments would benefit your smile aesthetics.
Find out more
Whiten up your smile quickly with a professional treatment from Babcock & Morgan Family Dentist in Prior Lake, MN and serving Shakopee, New Prague & Savage MN. Call today for your one-on-one consultation: (952) 447-4611.
Despite numerous developments and improvements in dental technology and procedures over the years, many people have little information about cosmetic procedures and oral health problems. But in addition to preserving and restoring your oral health from tooth decay and gum disease, the dentists at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, MN, offer cosmetic dentistry services like professional teeth whitening, an affordable and non-invasive option for removing dental stains and drastically improving your smile, as well as your self-esteem and confidence.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Prior Lake, MN
Many people admit to feeling embarrassed or ashamed of the state of their teeth and would choose cosmetic dental improvements if given the chance. A professional teeth whitening treatment is more than just an investment in cosmetic improvements to your teeth, it is also an investment in your professional prospects, appearance, and quality of life. Our teeth are one of the first things that people notice when they first meet us. From making us look younger to more competent and successful, a whiter, brighter smile can play a positive role in everything from social interactions to impressing a current or potential employer.
Is Professional Teeth Whitening Right for Me?
Even if you brush with a whitening toothpaste, your teeth are still susceptible to the effects of your diet, lifestyle and time. The enamel layer that protects the teeth from staining and damage becomes thinner as we age, making the teeth more susceptible to stains and discolorations. Professional dental whitening treatments are strong enough to remove stains and discolorations and whiten your teeth, without abrasive agents found in many over the counter solutions that can actually strip away enamel.
Find a Dentist in Prior Lake, MN
A professional teeth whitening treatment can transform your smile and improve your entire appearance. For more information, contact Babcock & Morgan Family Dental by calling (952) 447-4611 to schedule an appointment today.
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
When asked about her dazzling white smile, Cat Cora, the first female iron chef on the hit television series Iron Chef America, freely admits to maintaining the brightness of her smile with professional whitening sessions.
“With what I do, whitening your teeth is like getting your hair done, your nails done and everything else you have to do to be on television,” Cat recently told Dear Doctor magazine. However, she does have her limits. “I want my teeth to be white and healthy looking — but not stark white or looking like they could glow in the dark,” she said with a laugh.
Cat's perceptions and experiences with tooth whitening may accurately describe Hollywood, but through the power of media, celebrities and their respective fan bases, having attractive white teeth has become a goal for most people. This is because white teeth are subconsciously associated with youth and virility.
Here in the dental office, we can use professional-strength “power bleaching” to whiten teeth several shades in a single visit. To prevent irritation to the area surrounding the teeth being treated, we isolate the gums and skin of the mouth with a protective gel or a rubber barrier known as a dental dam. After the whitening solution is placed on the teeth, the process may be supplemented by heat or a light source to activate or enhance peroxide release.
For bleaching teeth at home, our office can make custom-fitted bleaching trays that you fill with a gel form of carbamide peroxide. Sometimes this whitening gel can cause a temporary tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, but this normally lasts for no more than four days after you stop bleaching your teeth.
To learn more about tooth whitening, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and discuss what treatment options will be best for you. And to read the entire interview with Cat Cora, please see the article “Cat Cora.”