Brighter and Whiter

Your daily coffee may be doing more than just putting that pep in your step in the morning. Dark foods and drinks can also cause teeth to become yellowed and discolored. With toothpastes, over-the-counter products and at-home remedies, it can be overwhelming when trying to decide the best approach to bring back your white smile. Dr. Scott A. Gelder recommends you skip the drug store checkout line and make your way to your dentist’s office in Cincinnati. As a cosmetic dentist in Cincinnati, Dr. Gelder offers two options to his patients: the “Whitening for Life” program and Zoom Whitening.

Whitening for Life

One of the unique programs offered in Cincinnati by cosmetic dentist Dr. Gelder is the “Whitening for Life” program. This program will not only help you to beautify your smile, but also helps to instill healthy habits.

For patients who wish to participate in the program and pay a membership fee, Dr. Gelder provides free at-home whitening product and trays to patients who keep up-to-date on their checkup appointments. The whitening solution is stronger than what is available over-the-counter, and the trays have been customized for the patient. The process takes approximately two weeks. While this method may not eliminate all of the discoloration for your smile, the change will definitely be noticeable. Successfully coming in for checkups every six months will mean more whitening products, which will help to maintain your white smile.


Another option for Dr. Gelder’s patients at his Cincinnati cosmetic dentist office is Zoom Whitening. Zoom! is a whitening procedure only offered within the dentist’s office. This procedure utilizes a powerful gel that is activated with the use of a heated lamp. The lamp also helps the gel to penetrate the surface of the tooth, allowing for more discoloration to be removed.

Once finished with a complete session (a session is comprised three 15-minute segments which will occur during one visit), you will notice a dramatic difference. This procedure can be combined with the features of the “Whitening for Life” program, where the at-home bleaching kits are used to help to maintain the dramatic results achieved with the Zoom Whitening procedure.

What to Expect from Whitening Treatments

While results will be achieved with both of these options, the at-home treatments of the “Whitening for Life” program will be gradual, as opposed to the almost instantaneous results achieved with Zoom Whitening. There are certain stains that will not be affected with either of these treatments, including staining for medications like tetracycline, decalcification of the tooth’s enamel, and stains caused from high fevers as a baby.

Many patients have concerns regarding sensitivity following whitening treatments, but Dr. Gelder says this is only a concern for a select few. Thanks to the fluoride that has been added to whitening treatments, most people will not experience any change in their sensitivity. If this is a concern, be sure to bring it to the attention of your dentist, as some adjustments to your treatment might be possible.

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.

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