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April 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

You have several goals this year. One is to get your teeth whitened so your smile is bright and youthful-looking. You wonder if you should teeth whiteningselect a drugstore product such as strips or toothpaste or if professional treatments are better. Hands down, teeth whitening supervised by Dr. Samantha Shaver in Louisville, KY is better.

How it happens

Over time, tooth enamel naturally thins, exposing inner, yellow dentin. More importantly, teeth accumulate organic matter from the foods we eat. Darkly pigmented choices, such as blueberries and soy sauce, and dark beverages, such as coffee, tea, and cola, leave staining residues behind. Smoking changes tooth color, too.

Professional whitening is safe

Because teeth whitening at is fully supervised by Dr. Shaver and her team, you know it's safe. A thorough oral examination is performed beforehand to determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for this popular aesthetic service. Most adults in good oral health qualify for teeth whitening, but pregnant or lactating women should post this cosmetic treatment.

Plus, when your teeth are whitened on premises at Dynamic Dental, the powerful hydrogen peroxide gel goes directly onto your teeth. Your dentist carefully protects your cheeks, gums and other soft oral tissues with a plastic retractor, avoiding any sensitivity.

If you choose the at-home option, you'll use whitening trays custom-fitted by Dr. Shaver. When filled with peroxide gel and worn daily, these comfortable appliances place the active ingredient right where it is needed.

Professional whitening is effective

Whatever method you choose, professional teeth whitening delivers amazing results. Most patients see improvement by 8 shades or more. Your renewed smile will stay white indefinitely if you:

  • Brush twice daily
  • Floss every day
  • Get semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings at Dynamic Dental
  • Reduce your consumption of staining foods and beverages
  • Stop smoking or chewing smokeless tobacco (and reduce your risk for oral cancer and other serious health problems)

A white smile made easy

Teeth whitening in Louisville, KY is just one of many cosmetic dental services Dr. Shaver offers. Why not arrange your personal consultation at Dynamic Dental so you can learn your options for a bright, rejuvenated smile? Call today for an appointment: (502) 968-1412.


Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”