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By Christopher Poss, D.D.S.
June 24, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningDr. Christopher Poss and his team receive many questions about teeth whitening in their Eau Claire office. And, it's no wonder. Professional teeth whitening is the most dramatic, rapid, and economical way to brighten dulled, yellowed enamel. Find out more about this popular aesthetic service by reading answers to some frequently asked questions Dr. Poss receives.

FAQs about teeth whitening

How did my teeth get so yellow?

Everybody's smile is different, but in general, tooth enamel changes with age, tobacco usage, intake of some prescription medications, and of course, dietary choices. Additionally, some people just don't brush and floss diligently; so plaque and tartar contribute to dental stains and general dinginess.

How does teeth whitening in Eau Claire work?

Most whitening products--whether in-office, at-home, or over-the-counter--have hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient. With proper concentration and application, the peroxide neutralizes, or bleaches, staining organic matter.

Why is professional whitening better than retail products?

Professional whitening from your Eau Claire dentist uses a highly concentrated peroxide gel. Applied either in the office or at home (it's your choice), the gel literally breaks the connection between what's staining your teeth (food and beverages as examples) and the calcified matrix dentists call tooth enamel.

In-office whitening is very fast--taking just about an hour or so while the at-home version takes a week of daily applications. Either way, your dentist makes sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening and that your soft tissues are fully protected during the process.

I love how beautiful my friend's smile looks now that she had her teeth whitened. Can I expect similar results?

You can expect dramatic results. However, you must realize that everyone's smile is different. Some tooth enamel is naturally darker or lighter than someone else's. So the best comparison you can make is the one which looks at your personal before and after.

Can professional teeth whitening damage my teeth?

No, the whitening gel contains a buffering agent which ensures your gums and teeth (even the internal pulp and nerves) will not experience any sensitivity problems during whitening or afterwards. Also, in-office application or custom-made professional trays keep the gel off your gums, cheek, and lips and on the teeth where it belongs.

I have a few fillings and one porcelain veneer. Will these whiten as well?

In general, restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns, and bonding do not stain readily. However, neither do they whiten. So, if you have existing dental work, the Cleveland Clinic recommends you ask your dentist if this service really is right for your smile.

Find out more

A white, healthy smile is a wonderful asset to your social and professional life. If you'd like yours to look brighter, please contact Dr. Christopher Poss for an in-office cosmetic dentistry consultation where you can discuss all your options. Phone the office team in Eau Claire, WI, at (715) 833-2223.

By DR. CHRISTOPHER POSS, DDS
March 06, 2019
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth whitening is an easy way to completely rejuvenate your smile. Professional teeth whitening is available as an in-office treatment orTeeth Whitening as a take-home kit. With in-office teeth whitening treatments, your smile can be several shades whiter in just one treatment session. Take-home teeth whitening kits offer a convenient alternative that allows you to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Christopher Poss is your dentist for professional teeth whitening in Eau Claire, WI.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening treatments deliver the quickest and longest lasting results of the different options available for whitening your teeth. With in-office teeth whitening, a high-quality professional strength bleaching agent is used to whiten the teeth and is applied by the dentist. Since the bleaching agent is of professional strength, it can whiten the teeth by several shades in a single one-hour treatment session. Your teeth will be visibly whiter and brighter as soon the treatment session is over.

In addition to achieving significantly whiter teeth in just one treatment session, having teeth whitening treatments applied by dental professionals in the dentist’s office is also the safest way to whiten the teeth. The bleaching agents used for whitening teeth can be harsh and have the potential to irritate the mouth and gums when the appropriate precautions are not taken. The skilled professionals in a dentist’s office take special precautions to protect the gums and other sensitive areas prior to applying the bleaching agent to the teeth.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening kits offer a convenient alternative to in-office treatments that still deliver superior results to over-the-counter whitening products. Like in-office whitening, take-home teeth whitening kits also contain a high quality bleaching agent that can whiten the teeth by a few shades over the course of several at-home treatment sessions. Professional take-home kits can also whiten the teeth more evenly than over-the-counter products since the trays that hold the whitening gel are custom made for a perfect fit.

Teeth whitening treatments can rejuvenate your smile by dramatically whitening and brightening your teeth. For teeth whitening in Eau Claire, WI schedule an appointment with Dr. Poss by calling the dental office at (715) 833-2223.

By DR. CHRISTOPHER POSS, DDS
October 26, 2018

Find out why so many people are turning to their dentist for a whiter smile.

Teeth Whitening ResultsJust one look at that aisle of whitening toothpastes and at-home kits and you’ll soon discover that just about everyone is trying to find ways to get a brighter smile. If you just can’t give up that morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine, perhaps you too are standing in the aisle scratching your head about what whitening product to use. Of course, if you are dealing with severe stains or want to get a significantly whiter smile more quickly then it might be time to turn to our Eau Claire, WI, cosmetic dentist Dr. Christopher Poss for professional whitening.

While there are certainly several ways in which to get a whiter smile, professional in-office teeth whitening is the safest, fastest and most effective way to get a beautiful, whiter smile. After all, our Eau Claire, WI, dentist has been whitening smiles for over 25 years. We understand that it isn’t always easy to keep your teeth their whitest. Everything from the natural effects of aging to eating certain foods can all play a role in the development of dental stains.

So, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that professional teeth whitening can provide a variety of benefits. The most obvious benefit is that it will give you a more radiant smile that is significantly whiter and free of yellowing stains. As a result, you’ll find yourself feeling more confident and self-assured in your appearance. Anything that makes you smile more will also provide you with a host of wonderful benefits, as well.

Getting professional teeth whitening offers a fast, reliable and safe method for getting the results you want. By turning to a professional, you know that you can trust the treatment you’ll get. Plus, it’s nice to just kick back and relax in our dental chair while you let the pros do all the work. In just a one-hour session alone you’ll notice instant and incredible results. In fact, a lot of people only need one whitening treatment to get the results they want. We can customize your treatment to meet your specific needs.

If you are ready to have a more radiant smile then it’s time to call our dental office in Eau Claire, WI, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Poss.

By CHRISTOPHER POSS, D.D.S.
October 02, 2017
Tags: teeth whitening  

Do you want whiter teeth but don't want to devote weeks to brightening your smile? Just one in-office whitening treatment can provide a teeth whiteningdramatic transformation. Our Eau Claire, WI dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, explains how whitening can help you enhance your smile.

How does whitening get rid of stains?

Your porous tooth enamel easily absorbs dark pigments in tobacco and foods and drinks. Over time, your daily cigarette, coffee, tea or cola habit can dull your smile. Because stains are located out of reach of your toothbrush bristles, they won't go away simply by brushing.

Teeth whitening treatment uses hydrogen peroxide, a whitening agent that gets rid of stains by breaking down the trapped pigments. Hydrogen peroxide is found in most teeth whitening products, whether they're used at home or in the dental office. Because dentists have access to stronger formulations of hydrogen peroxide, in-office whitening usually offers more impressive results.

Is whitening a good option for me?

Whitening is an excellent choice if your teeth are in good condition. Before we whiten your teeth in our Eau Claire office, we'll perform an examination to ensure that you don't have any cavities or other dental issues. If you do, these problems must be treated before your teeth can be whitened.

A professional cleaning is also a must before your whitening session. Because hydrogen peroxide has no effect on plaque and tartar, your teeth will take on an unattractive spotted appearance if you whiten without removing these substances.

How long does whitening take?

Two types of professional whitening are available. In-office whitening takes about an hour and offers an improvement of three to eight shades. At-home kits that contain whitening gel and trays molded to fit your teeth are another option. The trays must be used a few times a week for several weeks.

How long will my teeth stay white?

Your smile can remain whiter for at least two to three years after your whitening treatment. If you avoid smoking and darkly pigmented foods and beverages, it may stay whiter for even longer.

Remove the stains that dull your smile with teeth whitening treatment. Call our Eau Claire, WI dentist, Dr. Poss, at (715) 833-2223 to schedule your appointment.