1117 North Saginaw Street, Holly, MI 48442


Whitening Your Smile The Right Way

  • August 5, 2016

You’ve got the milk, the bread, and the eggs. What else do you need while you are at the grocery store?

Come to think of it, it’s about time to replace your toothbrush. It wouldn’t hurt to get another tube of toothpaste, too.

As you are standing in the toothpaste aisle, scanning the selection, you start to wonder. Are your teeth white enough? You think about taking a quick selfie, but you feel a little weird taking one next to a mouthwash display.

You look at the many self-proclaimed “whitening” products. Do any of them work?

You settle on a toothpaste that you like, and you make the best decision you could have. You decide that you will contact Holly Dental Care when you get home. You will talk to one of their dentists about professional teeth whitening.

Start With A Consultation

According to the American Dental Association, you should consult with a dentist before you start any teeth whitening process. Our dentists would be glad to do this for you if you live in or near Holly, MI.

Why is this important? Because teeth whitening products can do other things in addition to whitening your teeth.

As teeth whitening products were becoming more popular and more prevalent, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs decided to take a closer look at the many products on the market.

They found that whitening products fell into two basic categories, bleaching products and whitening toothpaste. We will come back to the toothpaste in a moment.

Whitening isn’t always advisable for patients who may have dental fillings, dental crown, or extremely dark stains.

While temporary tooth sensitivity and tissue irritation are common temporary side effects of using whitening products, there have been rare instances in which individuals have caused long-term damage to their teeth as a result of misuse of bleaching products.

Bleaching products can be effective, but it’s a good idea to use them under the supervision of a dentist. If teeth whitening is not recommended for you, we also may be able to recommend alternative treatments to give you a whiter, brighter smile.

Bleaching Products

For patients who are good candidates for teeth whitening, we offer a pair of professional products. They are Lumibrite and KöR.

Lumibrite is our basic in-office treatment. It can remove stains in a single visit, that over-the-counter products can’t remove in weeks. It’s possible to make your teeth up to seven shades whiter in a single whitening treatment.

Before your treatment, we can apply Lumibrite desensitizing gel to reduce the side effects.

For the deepest stains, like the ones created by years of tobacco use, we may recommend  KöR instead. This is a take-home treatment, but if you use it as directed, you should see a dramatic improvement in the color of your smile in just a few days.

Once your teeth have been whitened, we want to help you keep them looking their best. Ask about our maintenance kits so you will have the tools to touch up your teeth when you feel it’s needed. (Ask about our whitening for life program, too.)

So what make these different than the commercial products? Strength.

Commercial whitening products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance can contain up to 10 percent carbamide peroxide, which is equal to 3.5 percent hydrogen peroxide.

Our professional teeth whitening products can have a hydrogen peroxide concentration 10 times higher than the store-bought kind. This explains why they can be so effective so quickly. It also explains why you should only get them from a dentist’s office.

Back To The Whitening Toothpaste

This is where we get into a discussion of semantics.

Bleaching products are intended to remove deep stains from your teeth. Some do this better than other, obviously, but they are characterized by containing bleaching agents.

Whitening toothpaste makers are using a different definition of whitening, according to the ADA council.

In their findings, they noted that whitening toothpaste may contain chemical and polishing ingredients, but all they can really do is remove surface stains from your teeth.

These products can have minor benefits, but keep in mind that you are making it harder to remove stains every time you drink a cup of coffee or a glass of tea.

Before Your Whiten, Talk To One Of Our Dentists

We understand why people like having white teeth. It’s why it’s part of the cosmetic dentistry that we provide at our dentist office in Holly, MI.

We also want our patients who are interested in whitening to do so safely and effectively. We encourage you to call 877-321-1933 or to fill out our online request form to schedule a consultation before you begin.