When dental stains affect your otherwise healthy smile, it can have an enormous impact on your appearance and self-confidence.
At Lande Cosmetic, Implant and Family Dentistry in Carmel, IN, you can achieve a dazzling smile with in-office or at-home teeth whitening.
Contact Dr. Gerald Lande today to learn more about teeth whitening and to find out which treatment option is right for you.
Our Whitening Options
In-Office Whitening Treatment
At our dental office in Carmel, IN, we use the Philips Zoom!® teeth whitening system. This process combines a hydrogen-peroxide-based whitening gel with specialized light activation to whiten your smile by up to eight shades in less than an hour.
In-office whitening is ideal for patients who want immediate results or patients who prefer for their treatment to be directly overseen by a dentist.
At-Home Whitening Treatment
We also provide patients from Carmel, Zionsville, and Indianapolis with at-home teeth whitening kits. These kits include a hydrogen-peroxide-based whitening gel and custom-made trays. To achieve whiter teeth, you will fill the trays with the gel and wear them for about an hour a day for two to three weeks.
At-home treatment may be the ideal solution if you want to whiten your teeth when and where it is convenient for you.
Let's Talk About Teeth Whitening Contact Us Today
Are you dissatisfied with the color of your teeth? Professional teeth whitening can dramatically upgrade your smile in less than an hour. There's no reason to wait. Contact Lande Cosmetic, Implant and Family Dentistry today to request your tooth whitening session.
Patients from Carmel, Zionsville, and Indianapolis choose us for cosmetic dentistry because we use the best technologies and because Dr. Lande has the experience and skill to give you the smile you've always wanted.
You can request an appointment with our team by contacting us online or by giving us a call.
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What Causes Dental Stains?
Extrinsic stains, or stains on the surfaces of teeth, are often caused by dark-pigmented foods and drinks, such as berries, coffee, red wine, and tea. Smoking, age, genetics, and environmental factors can also lead to extrinsic stains.
Intrinsic stains occur on the inside surfaces of teeth and are typically the result of medications or medical conditions.
Teeth whitening treatment uses hydrogen-peroxide-based whitening gel to reduce or eliminate extrinsic stains. Oxygen molecules from the gel penetrate your dental enamel to chemically eliminate stains. Although tooth whitening treatment can sometimes target intrinsic stains, the procedure is primarily intended for extrinsic stains.
In-Office Teeth Whitening Step-by-Step
Total treatment time takes about an hour. You can expect to leave our office with noticeably whiter teeth.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening in Action
The Results of Teeth Whitening
Whether you choose in-office or at-home whitening, you can enjoy a smile up to eight shades lighter. Your whiter teeth will make your smile look healthier and enhance your overall appearance, often helping you look younger.
Although the results of teeth whitening treatment can be quite dramatic, they are not permanent. To maintain your whiter smile, you should maintain excellent dental hygiene and avoid foods, drinks, and habits that cause dental stains. You may also consider touch-up treatments every six months at our office in Carmel, IN.
What About Whitening Toothpaste?
Watch any channel for more than an hour and you'll probably see at least one commercial for a new whitening toothpaste or whitening strip. Is it worth giving these a try over professional teeth whitening?
The simple truth is that over-the-counter products are nowhere near as effective as the treatments available from Dr. Lande. Whitening toothpastes can take several months to incrementally brighten your teeth. In contrast, Zoom! in-office whitening can produce noticeably whiter teeth in less than an hour.
Professional whitening also has the advantage of being overseen by a dentist. Dr. Lande will make sure that you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, that you don't suffer any unnecessary sensitivity, and that your results are customized to meet your unique goals.
Teeth Whitening FAQ
Will insurance cover teeth whitening?
No. Dental insurance doesn't usually cover cosmetic dentistry. Unless you have a very unique insurance plan, you should expect to pay out-of-pocket for teeth whitening. We will be upfront about the cost of treatment before we begin.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
The treatment process for teeth whitening is completely painless. Some patients experience tooth sensitivity after the treatment, but this should subside within a few days. Dr. Lande very carefully applies the gel so that potential sensitivity is as minimal as possible.
Can anyone undergo teeth whitening?
Almost any adult is a good candidate for teeth whitening as long as they are in good oral health. If you have gum disease or tooth decay, Dr. Lande will have to address those issues before he can perform teeth whitening.
Don't over-the-counter products do the same thing?
In a word: no. Over-the-counter whitening products (such as whitening toothpaste) make bold claims and can provide some degree of improvement, but they can't provide the caliber of results that professionally supervised in-office or take-home treatments can. Your dentist can customize your treatment and trays to quickly achieve the results you want, without irritating sensitive teeth. With OTC whitening products, you're taking chances in both of these respects.
Are coffee and red wine off-limits after whitening?
Not necessarily. If you love these beverages but want to maintain your teeth whitening results, try to cut back a little on both, and make sure to brush your teeth shortly after you enjoy them. You can also drink beverages that stain through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.
We've Got the Answers You Need
Patient education is important, whether you are interested in something simple like teeth whitening or a complex full mouth reconstruction procedure. That's why Dr. Lande will take the time to answer your questions during your consultation. He will also listen carefully as you explain what you hope to achieve through teeth whitening; based on this discussion, he will guide you toward the best solution. For example, if you want to whiten a single tooth that has become darkened due to a root canal, you may be better suited to a veneer or crown. We are invested in your satisfaction, and we want to help you make the best decision when it comes to achieving a beautiful smile.
Don't waste time with OTC whitening products. To take the first step toward noticeable and flattering results, please complete our form or give our Carmel office a call:
If you want to enhance one or more teeth with veneers or dental crowns, consider undergoing whitening first. That way, your restorations can be crafted to match the brilliance of your newly treated teeth.
Are Your Stains Too Deep? Consider Porcelain Veneers
If your teeth have intrinsic stains, whitening treatment may not be effective. However, there is an alternative solution that can give you the bright, attractive smile you desire: porcelain veneers.
A veneer is a wafer-thin laminate that Dr. Lande can attach to the surface of an imperfect tooth. Once in place, veneers conceal cosmetic concerns like stains, cracks, or chips in your teeth.
At Lande Cosmetic, Implant and Family Dentistry in Carmel, IN, we use lifelike veneers that will blend seamlessly into your smile and last for years. To discuss this transformative solution with Dr. Lande, request a consultation today.
Whitening Enhances All Cosmetic Procedures
Whitening makes all the best things about your smile easier to see and appreciate. If you want to enhance one or more teeth with veneers or dental crowns, consider undergoing a bleaching treatment first. That way, your restorations can be crafted to match the brilliance of your newly treated teeth. Or, if the end of your clear aligner therapy is in sight, your new smile can benefit from a bleaching treatment to make your beautifully aligned and symmetrical smile stand out.
In fact, whitening pairs well with virtually any treatment as a means of illuminating all the best qualities of your smile. Undergoing this treatment alongside other cosmetic upgrades is a great way to save time and money while ensuring that issues like sensitive teeth are taken into account for maximum comfort. Talk with Dr. Lande about incorporating an in-office or at-home whitening treatment into your care plan.
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