Teeth Whitening - Gundersmile
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Are teeth whitening toothpastes safe?

The majority of teeth whitening toothpastes are safe to use on a regular basis. It is important to avoid toothpastes or other teeth whitening kits that include harsh abrasives. When abrasives are used on a regular basis, they can begin to wear away your teeth’s delicate enamel covering leaving them exposed to bacteria. Over time, this can lead to cavities and decay.

Dr. Gundersen can discuss what types of teeth whitening products are safest to use and which ones should only be used occasionally. He also offers teeth whitening procedures at Gundersen Dental Care if you would prefer to have your teeth whitened professionally.

How often should you have your teeth whitened?

Most dental professionals recommend whitening your teeth professionally twice a year. Teeth whitening products are designed to be both safe and effective for long-term use, but over time, the delicate enamel of your teeth may begin to weaken. Kits that are designed for home use often include hydrogen peroxide as a bleaching agent. Teeth whitening toothpastes are also available and can be used on a regular basis to help maintain whiter brighter teeth.

What causes teeth to become stained?

The outer layer of your tooth, the enamel, can change color for multiple reasons, including:

* Foods: Coffee, wine, colas, tea, sweets, blueberries and other brightly colored foods
* Smoking
* Some medications

Dr. Gundersen can offer you sound advice on how to prevent your teeth from becoming stained or discolored.

What are the benefits of having Dr. Gundersen whiten your teeth?

Having your teeth whitened professionally at Gundersen Dental Care offers several benefits. The procedure is safe and extremely effective. It offers the highest quality results that are longer lasting and more noticeable than what’s offered by home kits.

When Dr. Gundersen performs the procedure, you don’t have to worry about how long you leave the whitener on your teeth. There’s no guesswork with a professional procedure. Dr. Gundersen takes care of the entire process from beginning to end, leaving you with beautiful teeth and no messy cleanup.



Many factors, including dietary habits (drinking coffee, tea, soda, and red wine) and certain medications, affect the whiteness of your smile. Tooth whitening is an affordable and effective way to combat common causes of tooth discoloration while boosting your self-confidence and improving your appearance.

Opalescence offers a wide range of tooth whitening products designed to brighten your smile. With custom designed take home, on-the-go, and in-office options, Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems accommodate all lifestyles and budgets.

Prescription-strength Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems are stronger and more effective than over-the-counter teeth whitening products, and are only available through your dentist.

Get more confidence in your smile with the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System


Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are only available through your dentist. While using the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System, your dentist will supervise your treatment from initial consultation through completion. The special whitening gel will not affect your gums, and in many cases can help improve your oral health by strengthening tooth enamel, decreasing sensitivity, and offering increased cavity prevention.


Powerful, prescription-strength Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are available in varying strengths depending on your dental needs. Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels can provide results after just one night, although results may vary and can take up to a week before you experience noticeable changes.


Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are delivered through customized bleaching trays designed to fit your unique smile. Your dentist will create your personal trays from an alginate impression of your mouth; this customization is part of what makes Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels so effective.

Further customize your Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gel experience by choosing from the five different treatment options: Opalescence, Opalescence® Treswhite Supreme™, Opalescence® BOOST, and Opalescence after-care toothpastes, toothbrushes, and OpalPix®. Talk with your dentist about what options are available to you.

Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, or visit www.opalescence.com to learn more about the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System.