Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments today, providing a quick, easy and economical smile makeover. There are many reasons why our teeth become stained and discolored. It is actually a natural part of aging. Teeth whitening can erase the signs of aging and the effects of lifestyle habits, giving back a more youthful smile that you will feel confident sharing with others.
There is a wide range of over-the-counter options readily available, but professional teeth whitening under the care of a cosmetic dentist is safer and more effective. The products we have chosen to offer patients also provide deeply penetrating whitening that can address most stains- with a lasting result.
Truckee cosmetic dentist Dr. Jason Baldwin offers professional teeth whitening to patients in the Lake Tahoe area for safe, lasting results Whether you desire an in-office or take-home option, your treatment will dramatically brighten and whiten your smile without sensitivity- and with lasting results.
Teeth Whitening: What To Expect
Dr. Baldwin will meet with you personally to evaluate your overall dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals before your teeth whitening treatment. This is an important step, providing the opportunity to ensure that your tooth stains or discoloration will respond to treatment – and that your teeth are clean and healthy for the best possible result.
For patients who have stains from medications, medical conditions, or genetics that may not respond to a teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Baldwin can offer alternatives for whitening your smile with permanent results. These cosmetic dentistry treatments can include tooth bonding, dental veneers, or dental crowns.
KöR Teeth Whitening
KöR teeth whitening uses patented KöR-Seal™ trays for amazing results, even on teeth with tetracycline stains. This clinically-developed and tested teeth whitening method has made key improvements compared to older methods of professional whitening.
KöR is a unique whitening system using science that addresses the problem of our natural saliva reducing the efficacy of bleaching products. This allows the whitening process to last much longer for each application, enabling better penetration of tooth enamel for amazing results.
The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching option requires a brief in-office treatment followed by a take-home regimen that is convenient and easy. This revolutionary method to whiten teeth allows the patients to wear the KöR bleach for a longer period without suffering from tooth sensitivity. This also means the bleach can penetrate deeper, attacking more difficult stains and the results should last longer. This system allows your dentist to have more freedom over the strength and duration of your treatment.
Teeth Whitening FAQ
Are there any harmful, long-term effects of whitening your teeth?
While there is a chance for some minor side effects, such as gum irritation and tooth sensitivity, there are not any long-term, harmful effects. However, it is important to understand that your teeth can suffer from damage if they are over whitened. This is why it is important to seek a dentist for teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening will minimize gum irritation and tooth sensitivity and eliminate the chance of permanent damage.
Are there any other ways to whiten my teeth?
Yes! Dr. Baldwin offers many treatments that offer a more permanent whitening. The best solution is porcelain veneers, thin shells covering the front of the tooth, instantly making them white. He can also use tooth bonding which will only last a few years compared to the 20 years veneers can last.
Do you recommend any over-the-counter teeth whitening products?
Most dentists do not recommend buying teeth whitening products from the store. These products can be unsafe if used incorrectly, and most of the time, they do not deliver even results. Seeking professional teeth whitening from a dentist is the best way to guarantee safe, even results with fewer side effects.
Does teeth whitening damage enamel?
No. When performed properly by a dentist, teeth whitening does not damage your enamel. Professional-grade teeth whitening solutions can safely remove deep stains while leaving the enamel intact. However, misuse or overuse of whitening products can harm teeth and gums. As a result, we recommend that you follow the instruction or consult your dentist.
Can yellow teeth become white again?
Yes, yellow teeth can become white again or at least significantly lighter. Professional teeth whitening at a dental office can provide the most dramatic results. Over-the-counter products like whitening strips, toothpaste, and gels can also help to a lesser degree. However, it’s important to remember that teeth whitening can’t completely remove all discoloration. The best method depends on the cause of the yellowing. Always consult with your dentist before starting any whitening treatment.
How often should you whiten your teeth?
The frequency of teeth whitening largely depends on the method you choose and your personal dental health. You might need a touch-up every 6 to 12 months for professional in-office whitening. If you’re using at-home kits, the process could be more frequent. However, it’s important to follow the product’s instructions or your dentist’s advice to avoid over-whitening. Failure to follow instructions from the product or your dentist could result in tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. Always remember dental health should take precedence over cosmetic desires.
Schedule a Consultation
Teeth whitening is a highly effective, cost-efficient, and safe cosmetic treatment that can make a positive impact on a patient’s smile. To learn more about our whitening treatments and to discuss your personal concerns and goals for the appearance of your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Baldwin. We accept new patients and can work with you to achieve a beautiful, bright and whiter smile with a personalized treatment plan.