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Teeth Whitening

The world of dentistry has undergone many changes over the years with new technological advances happening every few years. The general baseline of dentistry (keeping your teeth clean and preventing cavities) hasn’t really changed all that much over the years, but the different options available to you as a patient has.

There are many procedures under the preventative and restorative dentistry umbrella that can be done nowadays, one of these procedures is teeth whitening. If your teeth have been discolored over the years due to neglect, drinking certain liquids (soda pop, coffee, etc.) or smoking, that discoloration can be fixed over time with proper whitening procedures.

Zoom Whitening

Zoom whitening is one of the newer procedures that is available from Carmel West Dentistry. The Zoom method is a process that bleaches your teeth and lightens the discoloration over time with a series of hydrogen peroxide treatments. The procedure starts with the Dr. Halsema covering your lips and gums and inserting a small vice-type instrument to spread your mouth open to expose your teeth and gums. Dr. Halsema and/or her assistant applies a whitening gel which contains 25% hydrogen peroxide. As the gel is being applied over your teeth, a UV light shines on your teeth to work in tandem with the gel to help break up stains. The gel / UV light tandem stays on your teeth for around 15 minutes during each session. Noticeable whitening usually takes place within one to two sessions of the Zoom method. Whitening trays are usually given to you to take home to use for “touching up” between sessions.  

Custom Whitening Trays

As previously mentioned, whitening trays are taken home with you after your first Zoom treatment. This may or may not be a “custom” set of trays depending on your dentist and the amount of money you’d like to spend. If money isn’t an issue, then you can opt to have custom trays instead. Custom whitening trays are made by Dr. Halsema, who fits your teeth with a mold. When the mold hardens, the it will have a unique impression of your teeth and the tray will be made. The tray will be unique to your teeth and you can put whitening gel inside these trays and fit them over your teeth to whiten them as a stand-alone treatment, or between Zoom sessions.

Professional Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips are one of the newest ways that patients can keep their teeth clean between dental appointments. Whitening strips are made of hydrogen peroxide and carbide peroxide mixed with gel. They are similar to trays, although strips only cover the front of your teeth and not the back, this is why strips cost much less than trays. It’s a budget-conscious way to maintain the color of your teeth in-between visits to the dentist. One thing to point out with all of these methods of teeth whitening, if you have crowns or fillings, they won’t be affected by these treatments.

Whiten Your Teeth

With all of these new technologies, now is a great time to get your teeth whitened. Give us a call at (317) 253-8631 to get started. Or, you can reach us through our online contact form as well.

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Rives
16:58 28 Feb 19
By far the best Dentist experience I have ever had, all of the staff were very friendly and fully informed me what they were going to perform. The best part was that Dr. Halsema was never pushy for me to get a certain procedure, she only educated me and explained why I should consider a certain procedure to better my hygiene and health. I would definitely recommend.
Sonia-Maria Raposo
Sonia-Maria Raposo
01:01 08 Nov 18
I was always scared of going to the dentist. Dr. Halsema was referred to us by a friend and my first appointment was an emergency appointment and I was taken such good care of. I never fear going for my cleanings or any other matters. They keep me smiling each time! Great and caring staff!
Angie Spiegel
Angie Spiegel
18:41 06 Nov 18
Great practice, can not say enough good things about them! They go above and beyond in every aspect to make their patients experience a positive one! I highly recommend Dr. Halsema & Team to everyone!
JAMES SMITH
JAMES SMITH
16:00 16 Aug 18
I've had a variety of dentists over the years but Dr. Halsema and her outstanding staff are the best! I've been "exclusive" with Dr. Halsema for almost 20 years for several reasons. (1) She is a conservative dentist in that she only recommends work that is needed now or in the near future. I never have had the thought, "Maybe I need a 2nd opinion". If she recommends a procedure...then I need that procedure. (2) Her staff is fantastic with very low turnover. I see the same staff members every time I visit her office. They're like family. (3) Cindy is the best dental tech I've ever had. I actually enjoy my cleanings! (4) I don't have dental insurance and I love her annual dental plan. Save me a lot of money.If you're not a patient and looking for a new "dental home" then set an appointment today! You won't regret your decision.
Feng Zheng
Feng Zheng
13:05 07 Jun 18
I then my wife have been coming here to do all of our teeth treatments. It has been great experience for our every visit. The staff and doctor here are kind and considerate. Highly recommended.
Melissa Resler
Melissa Resler
20:53 30 Jan 18
I truly had such a wonderful experience for my first visit. I was very anxious/nervous, but Dr. Halsema explained and talked me through everything she did. From start to finish her team was kind, courteous, and understanding. I would recommend her and her team to my closest friends and family (along with anyone else I can)!
Jason McDaniel
Jason McDaniel
13:24 09 Aug 17
Dr. Halsema and her staff are amazing. I had to have multiple cavities filled. I decided to get them all done at the same time. I was there for 3 hours. I can honestly say, they cared about my whole well being and not just about getting the cavities filled and out the door. They truly care about you as a person and not just as a revenue stream.
Melissa Kramer
Melissa Kramer
18:16 07 Aug 17
You know, no one loves having cavities filled. But Dr. Halsema and her team really do care about the patients' comfort. Professionals with heart!
Russell Walker
Russell Walker
23:33 12 Jul 17
Friendly staff. A caring dentist, that provides excellent oral health. I would definitely recommend this office
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