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By Kenneth Krause, DMD
May 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Now that perfectly brilliant smile can be yours in about one hour.teeth whitening

Would your morning not be complete without coffee? We know how that goes! Unfortunately, the foods and drinks we consume on a regular basis can also affect our smile’s vibrancy. If you’ve noticed that your smile is starting to look a little dull and yellow then our Westfield, IN, cosmetic dentists, Drs. Kenneth and Katie Krause, can help you get a whiter smile in no time.

Sometimes you just don’t have time to wait for a brighter smile. Maybe your stains are so bad that you can’t fathom another day of having yellow teeth, or maybe you have a special occasion or big event coming up and you want to feel confident in your appearance. We understand!

No matter whether you have a big job interview, wedding, or another important moment in your life that requires a dazzling smile, our Westfield dentists can get your smile several shades whiter in often just a single one-hour whitening session.

Imagine coming into our office, sitting down in the dental chair while we get to work applying our powerful whitening gel to your teeth and then leaving our office in about one hour with a visibly brighter and whiter smile? Professional teeth whitening is the only cosmetic treatment that not only removes stubborn dental stains but actually alters the shade of your teeth, as well.

Professional teeth whitening is the best option for someone who has a healthy, cavity-free smile who doesn’t experience tooth sensitivity and is looking for a simple solution for treating a yellowing smile caused by the natural effects of aging, habits like smoking or certain foods and drinks (e.g. red wine; tomato sauce).

Of course, we also know that professional in-office whitening can be a little more expensive than some are willing to pay. This doesn’t mean that you will just have to resort to ineffective whitening kits from your local drugstore. We also offer at-home whitening treatment to cater to your specific smile needs and goals. Now you can use a professional-grade whitening system from the convenience of your own home.

A whiter, healthier-looking smile can instill confidence and also help with social and professional aspects of your life, as well. If you want to revamp your appearance, teeth whitening could be the easiest and simplest approach. Find out if professional teeth whitening is right for you by scheduling a consultation at Krause Dental in Westfield, IN.

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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
October 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

How a teeth whitening treatment from Westfield can brighten your smile

You’ve enjoyed your coffee for years, maybe used tobacco a little too. Now, your smile is paying the price. You don’t have to live with a teeth whiteningdull, yellowing smile. You can brighten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, and the results can last up to an astounding 5 years! You need to think about a teeth whitening treatment from your dentists, Dr. Kenneth Krause and Dr. Katie Krause at Krause Dental in Westfield, IN. They can help you say goodbye to years of stains!

Lifestyle habits like smoking, drinking coffee or red wine, and even eating highly pigmented foods like blueberries can stain your teeth. One of the biggest culprits to make your teeth look dull and yellow is aging. As you age, your tooth enamel becomes more transparent, allowing you and others to see through to the layer underneath, called dentin. This dentin is naturally yellow in color, so the result is teeth that have a yellow cast.

Thanks to modern, state-of-the-art teeth whitening methods, you can say goodbye to years of stains. Your dentists in Westfield offer several effective teeth whitening treatments to renew your smile. Consider:

An in-office teeth whitening treatment if you want a whiter, brighter smile quickly; your dentists apply professional strength bleaching gel to your teeth and use a high-tech whitening light to enhance the effect. The entire process takes about an hour, making it the perfect choice for your busy schedule.

A take-home teeth whitening kit if you want to whiten your teeth in the privacy and convenience of your home; your dentists supply you with a kit containing professional strength bleaching gel and custom trays which you wear for short periods when the time is right for you.

Either teeth whitening option will give you the dazzling white smile you’ve been waiting for. It’s time to say goodbye to years of stains and take back your brilliant smile. Your new smile is just a phone call away from your dentists at Krause Dental in Westfield, IN. Make your smile beautiful by calling today!

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
February 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
3QuestionsYouShouldAskbeforeUndergoingTeethWhitening

There are a number of teeth whitening options to put the brightness back into your smile — from professional dentist office applications to over-the-counter products for home use. But before you decide on an option, you should first consider whether whitening is right for you and to what extent.

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself — and us — before undergoing a whitening treatment.

Do I have any dental problems that make whitening problematic? The underlying cause of the staining may stem from decay, root canal problems or other dental issues; in these cases the underlying cause needs to be treated first, because whitening would only mask the actual problem. You also may not want to whiten your teeth for aesthetic reasons: people with certain features like short teeth or gummy smiles may find these features become more prominent after teeth whitening. It might be more advisable in these cases to consider other cosmetic options first.

How much whitening do I really need to improve my smile? One of the biggest myths about teeth whitening is the brighter the shade the more attractive the smile. A truly attractive tooth color, however, is more nuanced, and every person’s ideal color is different. The most attractive and natural color is one that matches the whites of your eyes.

What effect will whitening have on existing dental work I already have? In most cases, none — and that could be a problem. Composite resins or ceramic dental material have their color “baked in” and bleaching chemicals used in whitening have no effect on them. The concern then is whether whitening nearby natural teeth may produce a color mismatch between them and the dental restorations, resulting in an unattractive appearance.

Before you decide on teeth whitening, visit us first for a complete exam and consultation. We’ll discuss whether whitening is a good option for you, or whether there are other issues we should address first. We can also advise you on products and techniques, and how to get the most from your whitening experience.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By Krause Dental
March 30, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth Whitening A patient who has sensitive teeth will have trouble tolerating certain sensations, including cold and heat. Teeth can also be sensitive to certain substances, like the ingredients in over-the-counter dental whitening products. If you have sensitive teeth, your best bet is to have them whitened at a dentist’s office. Dr. Kenneth Krause is a popular Westfield dentist who offers patients teeth whitening and other in-demand cosmetic services at Krause Dental.

Tooth Whitening Options
A dental survey found that 80 percent of Americans aged 18-49 want whiter teeth. There are three main options that patients have for achieving this goal:

  • Test the effectiveness of over the counter products, like whitening strips, whitening pastes and mouthwashes
  • Visit the dentist for take-home whitening trays
  • Have your teeth whitened in the dentist’s office.

If you have problems with your dental health, including sensitivity, the best option is to have Dr. Krause perform the teeth whitening procedure at his Westfield dentist office.

Sensitive Teeth
Sensitive teeth are often caused by worn down enamel, a cracked tooth or an area where the root of the tooth is exposed (such as decay at the gumline). In some cases, it’s a general effect of aging. If you have sensitive teeth, using certain dental whitening products can cause pain and irritation. 

How Does In-Office Tooth Whitening Work?
The first step of having your teeth whitened is a dental examination to ensure that your sensitive teeth are healthy enough for the procedure. At the beginning of the treatment, your gums will be protected with a retractor device and the dentist will carefully apply a special whitening gel that is only available to dental professionals. Next, a bright curing light is used to activate the whitening agent. After about an hour, you’ll have a significantly whiter smile (up to eight shades brighter). 

Set an Appointment Time Today
The benefits of tooth whitening are fast and long-lasting. You can have whiter, brighter teeth for two or more years without needing another treatment. So if you’re ready for a better smile, call Dr. Krause’s Westfield office, Krause Dental, today at (317) 399-9329 for a teeth whitening appointment.