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Have you noticed your teeth look more yellow or dull lately?

It can be frustrating to look in the mirror and feel like your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be. Even with the best flossing and brushing habits, you’re still likely to notice your teeth take on a more dull appearance over time.

It’s not your fault, because inevitably, daily food, drinks, and lifestyle habits will gradually discolor your teeth, resulting in your smile having a yellowish appearance.

Luckily, whitening your teeth is one of the easiest things you can do to improve the appearance of your smile. Read on to learn more about how to whiten your teeth.

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    In-Office Whitening Versus At-Home Whitening

    Here’s what to expect when you choose to whiten your teeth in our office and when you opt to do it yourself at home:

    Whitening At The Dentist: Opalescence™ Boost™

    When you schedule a professional in-office whitening appointment, plan to spend about an hour in our office. We use Opalescence™ Boost™ to get great whitening results. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable in the chair, then apply a concentrated 40% hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to your teeth, taking care to protect your gum tissue against any chemical burns. The whitening solution will stay on your teeth for 20 minutes, and we’ll repeat the process up to three times. We’ll check the shade of your teeth along the way.

    Whitening At Home: Opalescence Go™

    When you take home an Opalescence Go™ kit, the best time to start using it is right after you’ve had your teeth cleaned by the hygienist. Even if you haven’t just had your professional cleaning, you should start by flossing and brushing your teeth to remove any plaque.
    You’ll simply open a package containing one upper and one lower tray, and following the instructions on the box, wear the trays for the recommended time. You’ll do this once per day for 5-10 consecutive days, after which time you should see noticeably whiter teeth.
    *Avoiding dark-colored food and drink during this time will help you achieve better whitening results.

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    to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

    Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

    How much does teeth whitening cost in St. Paul?

    An Opalescence™ Boost™ in-office treatment will give you the most dramatic improvement in the least amount of time. You’ll discover with a little research that we’re very competitively priced. You can expect to pay around $375 for an in-office treatment.

    *If you have certain types of discoloration requiring more complex treatment to lighten, the cost will vary depending on your unique needs. The only way to give you an accurate quote is to first have you see the doctor for an exam.

    The best way to maintain your new shade of white after an in-office treatment is to regularly use at-home whitening trays. We sell Opalescence Go™ kits for only $75. We want to help you feel great about your smile, so we don’t overcharge for our whitening kits!

    We can give you the most accurate quote for the best type of whitening for your teeth when we see you in person.

    Call us today and schedule your appointment!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Plaque forms when bacteria from food and drink particles aren’t cleaned properly from your teeth. Over time, plaque hardens to form tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist. This yellow coating can form on or around your teeth if you don’t brush often enough or thoroughly enough.

    While teeth whitening is considered safe, you may experience some teeth sensitivity. You may experience this on your first or second treatment, and it may diminish with time. It is important to always carefully follow the instructions that come with your take-home kit or with over-the-counter products.

    If you have any crowns, veneers or fillings on the front teeth, they will not change color with whitening. Whitening the surrounding teeth may make the crowns and fillings stand out.

    Teeth whitening is not often covered by insurance. Call your insurance provider to find out if they cover you. We can provide an estimate for you to submit to your provider.

    After a teeth whitening treatment try to avoid any foods or drinks that would leave a stain on a white shirt. Any dark staining drinks like Tea, Coffee, Red Wine, colored soft or alcoholic drinks and fruit juice and any foods like tomato sauce, curry, soy sauce, red meat, chocolate and all fruit except bananas.

    Depending on the type of teeth whitening and how well you maintain your teeth, whitening can last for anywhere from 6 months to up to 3 years.

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