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Liberty, MO 64068


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115 Blue Jay Drive
Suite 104
Liberty, MO 64068

September 07, 2012
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Tooth whitening is a chemical process.  The peroxide in the whitening agent breaks down into tiny molecules that move inside the tooth structure, where they break down any molecules that cause discoloration.  Because of this process the entire tooth is lightened, even if the entire tooth is not covered with bleach.  However, the structure of the tooth is not altered; the internal tooth color is simply lightened.  Enamel, dentin, and current fillings and cements are not affected or harmed by the peroxide. 

Bleaching results are very stable.  However, depending on your nutrition and lifestyle habits, bleaching may need to be re-done periodically.  Due to the safety of bleaching agents, this should not cause any concerns.

Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of bleaching.  This sensitivity is temporary and should disappear after bleaching is completed.  In addition, the product our office uses (Opalescense Tooth Whitening System) are available with potassium nitrate and fluoride desensitizing agents to help make treatment as comfortable as possible. 

Findings have confirmed that the flouride and potassium nitrate in the Opalescence products actually helps to reduce cavities, minimize sensitivity, increase enamel hardness, and improve the overall health of your teeth. 

For more information about tooth whitening contact our office or visit


Daniel Colgan

 Dr. Colgans office provides gentle, compassionate care to all of our patients at our dental practice in Liberty MO. We make your comfort and dental health our top priority.

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