As we age, our teeth naturally yellow or develop stain. This can leave many of us too self-conscious to share our smiles.
At Sharp Smile Center, serving Kalamazoo and Portage, MI, we offer the ZOOM! teeth whitening system to remove stains.
Why should I consider whitening my teeth?
“I've known Dr. Sharp since 1971 and he hasn't changed a bit. The same caring, humble & adventurous person for the past 48 years...there is a synergistic, pragmatic working relationship at Sharp Smile Center....and it's working well ! Thank you all !”Mike B., from a Google Review
- Have sensitive teeth
- Have cavities, gum disease, or worn enamel
- Suffer from receding gums
- Have dental fillings, crowns, or other restorations
- Are under 16
- Are pregnant or lactating
Teeth whitening is only effective against superficial stains or discoloration. Dark stains occurring deep within the dental tissue may not respond to whitening. In these cases, your dentist may recommend dental bonding, veneers, or crowns to conceal the stains instead. Under Dr. Sharp's care, you can expect that he will only recommend the treatment or combination of treatments he believes will help you achieve your goals most effectively.
At Sharp Smile Center, Dr. Michael Sharp is committed to using advanced dentistry skills and top-of-the-line dental technology to change patients' lives for the better. With 30 years of experience providing world-class dentistry, our team is prepared to help you achieve your ideal smile.
Reach out online or call us at (269) 344-4004 to schedule an appointment at our office serving Kalamazoo and Portage, MI.
How long it will take your teeth to whiten will depend on whether you choose at-home or in-office treatment.
If you prefer the at-home option, we can provide you with a customized teeth whitening kit. These kits typically contain Day White or Nite White products, including bleaching gel and whitening trays that are calibrated to your unique smile. The Day White gel is applied to the inside of custom trays, which can then be worn over the teeth for 30 minutes a day. Or, you can choose to wear the trays overnight using Nite White gel. Patients will usually notice that their smiles are at least five to 10 shades brighter within two weeks.
However, if you are looking for more immediate results, in-office treatment may be a better fit. Under the supervision of your dentist, you can receive a much higher concentration of bleaching gel and see much faster results. During your appointment, the doctor will apply the gel to your teeth and expose them to a special light that enhances its effects for 10 to 15 minutes. This process is repeated until your desired results are reached. Most patients achieve the desired results in a single hour appointment, but others may need to schedule a follow-up.
The effects of teeth whitening are not permanent. While dental bleaching does brighten your smile, it cannot prevent tooth staining in the future. Even a healthy tooth can yellow or develop stains over time.
Routine dental hygiene can go a long way toward keeping your smile bright. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and rinsing your mouth are all essential to maintaining healthy-looking teeth.
Equally important is avoiding foods or habits that can cause stains. Most people know that smoking and using tobacco products can yellow your teeth, but coffee, soda, and red wine are also common culprits. Highly pigmented foods like tomato or soy sauce can also leave stains if eaten frequently, as can acidic foods like orange juice. Eliminating stain-causing habits or minimizing your intake of these foods can go a long way toward keeping your smile bright.
However, these changes in habit may not always be enough. If you are unhappy with fading whiteness, you can maintain your results in the same way you got them: either with regular in-office whitening appointments or with a custom whitening kit. At our office serving greater Portage, we can perform touch-up treatments every six to 12 months to fight staining.
“I just want to thank Dr Sharp & his staff. Dr. Sharp went above & beyond what one would expect for paid seervices. I trust no one else going forward.”Lisa K., from a Google Review
It is important to keep in mind that there is a fine line between yellowed teeth and teeth that are simply not quite as white as you'd like. It can be easy to fall into the trap of overusing bleaching products. While a small amount of whitening is safe, too much dental bleaching can eventually damage a tooth. You should only pursue touch-up treatments at the recommendation of your dentist. Dr. Sharp will take extreme care to make certain that the treatment you undergo will enhance your appearance without compromising your oral health.
The cost of your treatment will depend on which option you choose. At our office serving greater Portage, MI, teeth whitening can cost between $300 and $600. The final cost will depend on how many sessions you need. It is important to understand that because this treatment is purely cosmetic, it will not qualify for insurance coverage. However, we are committed to making cosmetic dentistry accessible. We offer flexible financing options, including CareCredit® and LendingClub®, to help make teeth whitening and other cosmetic treatments a fit for your budget.
Dr. Michael Sharp believes in using his advanced dentistry skills and top-of-the-line dental technology to help people change their lives for the better — inside and out. Dr. Sharp belongs to a number of prestigious organizations, including:
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
We invite you to request a consultation online or call us at (269) 344-4004 today.
We would love to show you what a difference our world-class dentistry can make. Our friendly staff looks forward to hearing from you!
“Eight implants and many crowns later, I have a smile to be proud of. With the aid of sedation, we got a lot done in a short time. THANK YOU Dr. Sharp and staff for getting me through my dental problems.” Gene