Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening at Dentist in Minneapolis & Minnetonka, MN

If you want a gorgeous smile, visit us for teeth whitening at the dentist. Our Minnetonka dental office provides professional teeth whitening services that can turn your dull and stained teeth into sparkling, pearly whites. The process is easy, and all you need to do is call to get started. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Holger, Dr. Akradi, and we will do everything in our power to improve your smile.

How does teeth whitening at the dentist work?

At Holger Dental Group, we can provide you with in-office teeth whitening using the professional-grade whitening solution. This is an important distinction to make because the whitening kits sold in the store contain solution that is not nearly as strong and will not produce the same level of results. After trying a kit at home, patients may also visit our office and wish they had come here first. The difference is that a store-bought solution will typically only remove the surface stains from the teeth. This can help eliminate some of the stains caused by recent food or beverage consumption. It will not remove the deep staining and discoloration coming from within the tooth, but our solution will.

Why teeth whitening at the dentist produces better results.

It all comes down to oxidization. When we place a whitening solution on your teeth, it will not stop at the enamel but penetrate it. Once inside your tooth, our solution will work to start the oxidization process so that the molecules inside of your teeth will reflect less light. By appearing colorless, your teeth will look like a brilliant shade of white.

How long does it take?

When you visit our Minnetonka dental office for teeth whitening, we will prepare your teeth and protect your lips, gum tissue, and cheeks. We will then apply the whitening solution and give it time to be activated. Typically, it only takes an hour from when you sit in the dental chair to when you can leave. The solution will begin to take effect during this time, and your teeth will show an immediate improvement.

Can anyone have their teeth whitened?

At Holger Dental Group, we recommend whitening procedures for adults and some older teens. This is not an appropriate procedure for children, and, fortunately, they very rarely need it. We conduct a thorough examination before determining if someone is a good candidate for teeth whitening. This is to determine if there are any cavities, infection, or gum disease signs. These oral health problems require treatment before conducting any cosmetic dentistry procedures. This is to ensure that we are not putting a whitening solution on a decaying or exposed tooth. Naturally, this could cause you discomfort and only exasperate the situation. Fortunately, if we do find any oral health problems, we can correct them quickly and schedule you for a teeth whitening treatment right away.

How frequently can I schedule a teeth whitening at the dentist?

When you visit our dental office, we will examine your teeth, look for signs of erosion and discuss your overall treatment plan. You can have your teeth whitened every six to twelve months in most cases. This is true if the teeth are healthy. If they are not healthy, sensitive, or eroding, we may recommend that you only have your teeth whitened once per year.

The process

How can I keep my teeth white after a treatment?

At Holger Dental Group, we tell patients plenty of ways to extend the periods between whitening treatments. These include drinking plenty of water and doing so every time you eat or have another beverage like coffee. It would be best to brush your teeth after every meal or after having something that is particularly staining. It is important to avoid any food or drinks that have food coloring, are acidic, full of tannins, etc. Things like coffee, red wine, and soy sauce can be particularly bad for your teeth, so consume them in moderation only.

Does whitening toothpaste work?

As a dentist, we recommend using a whitening toothpaste in between treatments. This paste can help keep surface stains at bay so that your teeth will remain whiter for a longer period. It does an excellent job when it comes to maintenance. However, it does not do a good job of whitening teeth the first go-round. In this case, it may make your teeth appear brighter, but you will not experience stain removal or see your teeth lighten by more than a shade or two. This is because the paste only works on the surface.

Is teeth whitening at the dentist expensive?

No, not at all. This is an incredibly affordable treatment solution and, typically, the most affordable way to improve the appearance of the teeth and your smile. We recommend this solution for anyone considering a smile-makeover or more intensive cosmetic dentistry procedures like dental veneers and dental crowns as a dental office. Very often, a dental whitening treatment can make such a positive impact that people no longer need these more invasive solutions. Since it is fast and affordable, there is no reason not to try it.

Does it matter when I whiten my teeth?

Absolutely. First, your teeth and gums should be in good oral health. Second, if you have a cosmetic procedure like dental veneers placed on your front teeth or a tooth capped or replaced, you should have your teeth whitened first. For the most part, dental restorations are both stain and bleach-resistant. They are created to match your surrounding teeth, so if you wait to have your teeth whitened until after a restoration has been placed, your restoration could look more yellow than your teeth do after the whitening treatment. When it comes to teeth whitening, timing is critical for ensuring a beautiful smile.

Definition of Cosmetic Dentistry Terminology


Bleachorexia is when people continue to abuse teeth whitening solutions without consulting professionals, causing significant damage to their enamel and gums in the process.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums, and bite.

Dentin Hypersensitivity

Dentin hypersensitivity is when the enamel wears down on the tooth enough that the dentin faces exposure and will cause great pain levels when a person applies pressure to the tooth or drinks hot/cold beverages.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound in teeth whitening solutions that patients use to whiten the shade of their teeth.

Stained Dentin

Stained dentin can result from certain foods and beverages without proper brushing. Dental professionals can provide whitening treatments to brighten teeth.

Surface Teeth Stains

While surface teeth stains can be inevitable with age, certain foods and beverages will only promote discoloration and faded teeth.

Carbamide Peroxide

Carbamide peroxide is a solution containing hydrogen peroxide and can help whiten teeth.

Deeper Teeth Stains

Deeper teeth stains require professional oral health services resulting from certain foods, beverages, or improper oral hygiene.


A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.

Relief ACP

Relief ACP stands for amorphous calcium phosphate, which helps to relieve the pain in sensitive teeth in a gel form.

Surface Enamel

The surface enamel is the hard outer shell that protects the dentin and pulp of the teeth. The enamel is the surface that people see when they smile.

Teeth Whitening Concentrate

Teeth whitening concentrate is the bleaching agent that whitens the shade of teeth, which is more effective from a professional and not a general store product.

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