Teeth Whitening in Sioux Falls, SD

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Your teeth benefit from the whitening agent at our local dental office, a great alternative to your local teeth whitening kit. So getting whiter teeth with a teeth whitening professional here in Sioux Falls is a great option. Your teeth are important; that’s why at First Class Dental Care, we are known for improving the appearance of our patients’ smiles.

Beecroft is an expert cosmetic dentist and has multiple teeth whitening products, such as the whitening gel as many people are familiar with. We often recommend a teeth bleaching procedure because it is by far the easiest way to transform your smile, but we offer other alternatives for people who have sensitive teeth. After cleaning your teeth, we can complete this procedure in time for a special event or as part of your regular oral health routine.

Give Yourself A Brighter Smile

People throughout South Dakota have their teeth whitened regularly so that they can look and feel great. As people age, it is common for teeth to become dull and yellow. Drinking coffee, tea, and wine, for example, can stain your teeth. Smoking and eating foods that contain food coloring can also stain your teeth. Brushing immediately after eating and drinking can help to prevent stains but is typically not enough to remove the risk entirely. Fortunately, stained and yellow teeth don’t have to stay that way.

Types of Whitening

Whitening Toothpaste
There are several types of teeth bleaching that you can try. Many people in Sioux Falls start by using whitening toothpaste at home. This can help to brighten your teeth but is typically not enough to actually whiten them. We recommend toothpaste as part of an overall teeth whitening treatment but not by itself. After professional whitening, the toothpaste can help your teeth stay bright.
Whitening Trays or Strips
Many people throughout Sioux Falls try over the counter solutions like whitening trays or strips. These treatments work but not as well as professional solutions. As with most things, what you buy in the store is not as strong as what you can get from a medical professional. Additionally, store-bought whitening trays are designed to fit everyone’s teeth, not your teeth specifically. This means that they can become loose, and the solution can leak, leading to gum irritation.
Professional Teeth Whitening
We recommend that people in Sioux Falls, SD schedule an appointment with Dr. Beecroft. Our professional tooth whitening solutions can transform the appearance of your teeth in a dynamic way. This is partially due to the strength of the solution that we use. Professional grade whitening gel can whiten teeth by eight shades or more vs. around two shades with store-bought solutions. If you are looking for immediate and dramatic results, in-office whitening is a far better option.

What We Recommend

Two Main Types Of Whitening
At First Class Dental Care we provide patients with information on two main types of dental whitening. Some dental offices provide whitening services in the office while others focus on treatments that can be completed at home. An in-office whitening treatment can be done at the same time as teeth cleaning or during a separate appointment. It is typically completed within an hour and produces immediately white teeth. For many people, this is an ideal solution because of how quickly it is finished.
Whitening Trays
In our dental office, we also recommend whitening trays. This procedure is effective and puts patients in control over how white their teeth become and how often they are whitened. Dr. Beecroft starts by having an impression taken of a patient’s teeth. This impression is then used to create customized whitening trays in a dental lab. They fit securely around teeth and will not leak solution into the mouth. This is an ideal way for patients throughout South Dakota to whiten teeth because once they are created, they can be used at any time.

Did You Know?

  • In-office whitening can brighten your smile up to 8 shades lighter. That’s 6 shades lighter than store bought whitening products.
  • Dentists have coined the term “bleachorexia” for those people who overuse in-store bleaching which can lead to the destruction of enamel and dentin, turning the teeth to mush.
  • Genetics, aging, and consumption of staining substances (smoking, coffee, tea, and colas) are just a few reasons why teeth appear dark.
  • There is more residual sensitivity with store bought teeth bleaching kits due to the “one-size fits all” trays that come in the kit vs the custom fit trays from the dentist.
How It Works
When a whitening solution is applied to the teeth, the hydrogen peroxide inside the solution penetrates through the enamel. It then starts the oxidation process, where molecules are transformed to reflect less or no light. This makes them appear colorless, and teeth appear white. This process is typically extremely effective for eliminating stains and can be repeated frequently.
Alternative Treatment
On occasion, the stains are too strong for the teeth bleaching procedure to work. When this happens, Dr. Beecroft can provide an alternative treatment. For example, patients in Sioux Falls can have dental veneers placed on the surface of teeth in order to cover dark stains. This is often preferable for patients that smoke since veneers are stain-resistant and won’t yellow quickly like natural teeth. Still, it is wise to try a teeth whitening procedure first, before starting a cosmetic one.
Schedule An Exam Before Teeth Whitening
The procedure itself shouldn’t cause any discomfort and is relatively easy to complete. Before getting started, we simply recommend that patients schedule a dental exam with our Sioux Falls dental office. Dr. Beecroft will then examine your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy enough for whitening. This way if any cavities or infections exist they can be treated first. To learn more or to get started, call 605-271-9330 and schedule your appointment.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

Does tooth whitening cause permanent tooth sensitivity?
Sensitivity from tooth whitening is always transient. That means if there is any sensitivity caused by the whitening, it goes away within one to two days after the treatment, and the patient returns to the state of sensitivity he or she had prior to starting the whitening process.
Can I get my teeth whitened?
Most people are candidates for tooth whitening, but again, each situation is unique and it’s best to contact your dental professional.
How long does tooth whitening last?
Typically you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to 10 years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking—all of which can cause staining—helps preserve the results.
Is tooth bleaching safe?
Yes, many studies have proven that tooth whitening is safe. You can protect your tooth enamel by using calcium sulfate and fluoride.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Prices vary widely for tooth whitening. Over-the-counter kits can cost as little as $20, with extensive in-office procedures approaching up to $1,000. If you want professional whitening, expect the price to be around $300 to $800. If you want an at-home bleaching kit from your dentist, expect to pay between $300 and $600. Learn more about dental insurance and financing.
Does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?
Tooth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns, but it may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations. This is why it’s a good idea to check with your dental professional before beginning any course of tooth whitening.
Is the agent used in tooth whitening toxic?
Products developed from carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and urea (substances found in every human cell), should be used cautiously to alleviate concern. Those who have issues are the ones who don’t follow instructions and overuse the products for months or years.
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