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Teeth Whitening
Carmel, IN

Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the color of your natural teeth.

Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the color of your natural teeth. Teeth whitening is often desirable if your teeth become yellowed over time for several reasons, and it can be achieved by changing the intrinsic or extrinsic color of your tooth enamel.

If you suffer from damaged, discolored, or missing teeth you may feel embarrassed by your appearance, often becoming less social to avoid unwanted judgment. In these cases, a simple consultation with Northside Dental can be one of the most life-changing procedures for you as we return the beauty to your teeth and the confidence back into your smiles.

The conscientious, thoughtful, and caring staff at Northside Dental share a common philosophy and that is to treat you as a person first, as a patient second. We acknowledge your unique values on your lifestyle, your overall health, your smile, comfort, time, anxiety levels, and your budget. We are quite detail conscious in developing and implementing your personalized treatment plans. We also view our entire staff as contributing players on your overall health program team. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment or stop in at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.  

We will work diligently for you in developing and implementing your personalized dental treatment plan.

We consider ourselves part of your team in your overall health program. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment, fill out an online form, or stop in and say hi at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.   


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Are You a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

You may say that your number one concern is having whiter teeth. Your teeth are one of the first things that people notice about your appearance, so it is important to have a healthy, and whiter looking smile.

Depending on how much treatment is needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness, you may experience sensitivity, which should not happen often if prepared ahead of time. If the problem persists, be sure to tell us, but using tooth-sensitivity toothpaste, a fluoride varnish, or a calcium-phosphate gel (MI paste) can also help to alleviate the discomfort from the sensitivity.

Tooth whitening is not only completed for cosmetic reasons. You may need tooth whitening to reduce the look of discoloration related to a medication. Prescription medications can discolor teeth if it was prescribed at a young age when your adult teeth were still developing. 

Other reasons you may want tooth whitening include reducing the look of Fluorosis, which is when you had too much Fluoride treatment as your teeth were developing. This condition leaves large white or yellow lines on your teeth that can be reduced by tooth whitening.  It is an excellent and non-invasive treatment that we can do quickly and efficiently in our clinic at Northside Dental.

At Home Whitening versus Northside Dental

Working with us to whiten teeth is the ideal approach. While over-the-counter retail tooth whitening solutions do provide improvements in the levels of discoloration or stains on teeth, having Northside Dental perform teeth whitening treatment is the most efficient way to achieve the results you want. If having teeth whitened at home is essential to you, we do offer at-home component kits that can be purchased and used under our supervision.  Sometimes, we combine in-office treatment with at-home treatment to ensure a long-lasting result. Working with us to have teeth whitening also provides a great deal of comfort if you are concerned about tooth sensitivity or side effects. 

Teeth whitening systems at Northside Dental often incorporate gels that must be mixed in our office to help accelerate the whitening treatment and more efficiently provide the best results possible for you if you have significant levels of discoloration. This type of treatment is not available for at-home use, and any products on the market are not comparable to what we can provide concerning tooth whitening treatment.

When working with us to have teeth whitened, dental impressions will be taken. These molds will be used to create customized trays that will be used during your tooth whitening procedure. Using personalized trays delivers the best possible results. Using over-the-counter tooth whitening systems have generic, one-size-fits-all whitening trays, which leaves room for error and less impressive results overall. The concentration of hydrogen peroxide, the whitening agent, is considerably more concentrated in the professional products versus what is available at retail.

Proper Oral Hygiene After Your Teeth Whitening

Following a tooth whitening treatment at Northside Dental, you may experience tooth sensitivity. We will recommend that you reduce your intake of coffee, tea, red wine, and citrus, tomatoes and berries for a few days giving the teeth whitening a chance to set up. We will advise you to consider reducing the consumption of these beverages and foods anyway because they wear away the enamel, which will reduce the positive results of the tooth whitening treatment, and therefore increase the need for additional treatments more frequently.

Proper brushing and flossing must always continue, and regular dental exams are essential to maintain the success of the tooth whitening procedure and perform touch-ups, as necessary. 

If you have any porcelain crowns, it could be necessary to replace them if the newly whitened teeth no longer match the crown. Everything that needs to be considered will be discussed before any treatment begins. It is important that you have all the information we need to make informed decisions about your oral health. Do not think tooth whitening is just a cosmetic procedure; it can also improve your oral health just like other dental procedures.

Teeth Whitening is Not Permanent

Tooth whitening is not a permanent solution. You will need to undergo regular tooth whitening sessions to maintain the look and results of your treatment. If you continue to engage in specific activities after having your teeth whitened, you are more likely to need additional whitening treatments, more often. Events that will increase the need for further tooth whitening treatments include smoking, colas, drinking coffee or tea, as well as red wine. If you eat highly concentrated citrus or heavily colored foods, especially darker berries, you will also see the need to whiten more often.

Your Comfort and Your Care

Our preventative perspective is the biggest benefit when choosing Northside Dental. We focus on making your appointments effective, quick, and efficient. Our common office goal is simple. We want to be the partner you trust for all your dental needs. We look forward to helping you restore your white teeth and healthy smile and improving your daily life. We also want to help you maintain that smile and assist you with good preventative care. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment or stop in at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.   

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