Teeth Whitening Specialist

Dater Dentistry

Steven M. Dater, DDS

General Dentist located in Rockford, MI

Perfecting your smile often means whitening teeth for that glowing, fresh look that boosts confidence instantly. The team at Dater Dentistry is ready to help you reach your cosmetic dental goals, serving Rockford, Michigan, and surrounding areas. To discuss all of your options for teeth whitening, schedule an appointment online or over the phone with Steven M. Dater, DDS, and the team at Dater Dentistry today.

Teeth Whitening

What kinds of teeth whitening are there?

There are many different types of teeth whitening practices, including trays, strips, toothpastes, mouth rinses, and gels.

Whatever method you choose, it’s a good idea to discuss it with a dental professional, as teeth whitening isn’t for everyone. At Dater Dentistry, the team offers at-home whitening services for patients who want to perfect their smile on their own time.

How does it work?

Custom teeth whitening trays are made from precise impressions of your teeth. Whitening gel is then applied, which is made from 15% carbamide peroxide, which bleaches stained teeth within the dentin layer of your teeth, just under the enamel.

The Dater Dentistry team has found that whitening techniques you can do on your own at home are more satisfying to patients than those performed in-office. This is because at-home methods are often less expensive.

How often do I use the teeth whitening trays?

Dr. Dater and the team will talk you through your unique teeth whitening plan, but most of the time, it’s recommended to use the trays for a year each day for a full seven-day week, making sure you don’t miss any days.

How long do the results last?

The length of time you’ll enjoy your white smile depends on a variety of factors; namely, the kinds of drinks you consume or if you smoke. If you enjoy drinking coffee, tea, soda, or wine, you may need to do the treatments more often than those who don’t consume these beverages.

Without these added stain-inducing beverages, your white smile could last a full year, but teeth whitening isn’t permanent, and you’ll need to come back in if you want to maintain those pearly whites!

When shouldn’t you whiten teeth?

Unfortunately, teeth whitening isn’t for everyone. Talk to the team at Dater Dentistry if you have gingivitis, tooth decay, overly sensitive teeth, decalcification, fillings, or implants, as teeth whitening may not be successful or safe in these instances.

It’s also important to remember that teeth whitening will not work on prosthetics like veneers or crowns. Whitening only whitens real teeth, and some restorations will have to be replaced with your new, whitened shade in order to match.

Are there are side effects?

The only possible side effects of teeth whitening are sensitivity and gum irritation, especially if your whitening mouthpiece doesn’t fit right. However, these side effects are usually temporary and minor, and the team at Dater Dentistry makes sure that your mouthpiece fits you correctly and comfortably.

Make an appointment with the team to learn more.