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Minneapolis Orthodontist Discusses the Top 5 Things to Consider Before Bleaching


MINNEAPOLIS AND SAVAGE, MINNESOTA - To bleach, or not to bleach- that is the question. A variety of teeth whitening systems are available, but Savage and Minneapolis orthodontics expert Dr. Trudy Bonvino (, who provides braces for children (, reminds patients of several important considerations to determine if tooth whitening is right.

Following are the five top things to consider, says children and adult orthodontics ( expert Bonvino:

Are you a candidate?
Start with a dental examination to determine if bleaching or whitening is appropriate, based on the type and extent of staining, as well as the condition of teeth and gums.

Determine the goal
Brighter smile, or noticeably whiter teeth? Whitening toothpastes and professional cleanings use polishing agents to eliminate surface stains from coffee and tobacco. To whiten the teeth, bleaching is required. Over-the-counter bleaching systems lighten teeth one to three shades, while professional whitening systems can whiten teeth up to eight shades.

Consider restorations
The color of tooth-colored fillings, crowns and veneers canít be changed with bleaching or whitening. Bleaching restored teeth can cause these natural-looking restorations to stand out and give an uneven, artificial appearance.

Whatís the timeframe?
Over-the-counter and professional home bleaching systems provide noticeable results in a few days, and achieve maximum whitening in two to four weeks. Professional whitening offers the fastest improvement, with dramatic results after a 30- to 60-minute treatment.

Keep it real
Clean, white teeth create a healthy, youthful smile, but donít go too white. Expecting teeth to be blindingly white may be asking too much, says the Invisalign provider ( A healthy goal that gives teeth a natural appearance is a shade slightly whiter than the whites of the eyes.

Learn More
To learn more about Cosmopolitan Orthodontics and kids dentist ( Dr. Trudy Bonvino, call (952) 469-3333 or visit this page: Cosmopolitan is located at 17757 Juniper Path in Lakeville, and 8310 C.R. 42 in Savage.


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