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By Joseph & Nina Zeigler, DMD, PC
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningIf you think that your smile could be improved, then chances are you are considering professional teeth whitening. After all, it’s a great way to remove those stubborn stains caused by the foods and drinks we consume; however, our St. Louis, MO, dentists Drs. Joseph and Nina Zeigler also know that you may have questions about teeth whitening. Find out more about what teeth whitening treatment looks like in St. Louis, MO.

What stains can professional teeth whitening most effectively treat?

Yellow stains often respond the best to professional teeth whitening; however, brown stains can also see a marked improvement (often after several treatments). Internal stains, which are usually blue, grey, or purple in appearance, may not respond as well to bleaching.

Internal stains are often more challenging to treat and may lighten but never fully go away with professional whitening. Furthermore, any stains that have developed on artificial structures like dental bonding, veneers, fillings, or crowns also cannot be treated with whitening (only natural tooth structures will respond to this cosmetic treatment).

What happens during professional whitening?

If you come in for chairside whitening, our St. Louis, MO, cosmetic dentists will do all the work while you sit back and relax. Whitening is completely non-invasive. We will first apply a protector over the gums and lips to prevent contact with the bleaching gel. From there, the gel is applied to the teeth and left on for several minutes. In some cases, a special light is directed over the teeth to speed up the whitening process.

Usually in one chairside whitening session, the gel is applied, activated and then removed 2-3 times during the course of your one-hour whitening session. You will see significant changes in just one session.

With at-home whitening we will provide you with custom-fitted whitening trays along with bleaching gel (which are often already preloaded into the trays). You will follow the instructions we provide and use your whitening trays every night, leaving them on anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour.

Will I need more than one whitening session?

This will depend on the type and severity of your stains. Yellow stains can often be removed in one chairside whitening treatment; however, more stubborn stains may require additional whitening sessions.

How long do results typically last?

A lot will depend on how well you care for your smile and avoid certain stain-causing foods and drinks, which can cause new stains. Results can last up to one year or longer; however, you may need to consider touch-ups.

Are you living with dull, yellow teeth in St. Louis, MO? Want to find out if professional teeth whitening could give you the results you want? If so, call our office today to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Transform your smile with teeth whitening.

By Joseph & Nina Zeigler, DMD, PC
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth Whitening ResultsA teeth whitening treatment from your dentists in St. Louis, Missouri can give you a dazzling smile

Are you suffering from a yellowing, aging smile? Do you notice stains on your teeth from drinking coffee? Did you know that professional teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile? It’s true, in fact, professional teeth whitening can give you a dazzling, younger-looking smile. Dr. Joseph Zeigler and Dr. Nina Zeigler in St. Louis, Missouri provide professional teeth whitening services to take your smile from dull to dazzling.

Your smile might have lost its luster for a variety of reasons. Tobacco use, coffee, red wine, and other highly pigmented foods and drinks can all work to diminish your smile. Aging causes your enamel to thin, exposing the layer underneath, called dentin. The dentin layer is yellow, and becomes darker over time. If you have lifestyle habits that encourage staining, or your smile is aging, professional whitening can rejuvenate your smile.

If you have noticed your smile isn’t as bright as it once was, you may have tried over-the-counter whitening products, only to experience less-than-wonderful results. Professional teeth whitening is different. It works, and your results will last. These are just a few of the benefits and ways professional teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile:

  • Great results, because you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades
  • Long-lasting whiteness, because your results can last years
  • Quick treatment, because your whitening appointment takes about an hour
  • Safe whitening, because professional whitening products have been rigorously tested

During your professional whitening treatment, the prescription-strength whitening gel is applied to your teeth. The whitening action is accelerated by using a state-of-the-art ultraviolet light. You will see dramatic results even after your first visit!

Find out why professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental services available. Find out how professional teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile by calling Dr. Joseph Zeigler and Dr. Nina Zeigler in St. Louis, Missouri today!

By Joseph & Nina Zeigler, DMD, PC
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Get a Whiter Smile

Think over-the-counter teeth whitening products are giving you the whitest smile you can get? Think again. Professional teeth whitening will give you the best whitening results. The products dentists use to whiten your teeth will be more powerful than what you can purchase over-the-counter. Dr. Joseph Zeigler and Dr. Nina Zeigler are some of the finest dentists in St. Louis, MO. They offer professional solutions for patients who want a brighter smile.

Causes of Dental Stains

Poor oral hygiene, excessive fluoride use, and certain medications can stain your teeth. Other factors that can cause tooth discoloration include dark-colored beverages, tobacco use and certain foods. Several diseases that affect tooth enamel and dentin can also cause tooth discoloration. 

In-Office Bleaching

In-office teeth whitening is a revolutionary procedure that uses a strong whitening agent and light source to speed up the whitening process. In-office teeth whitening can lighten your teeth by up to eight shades. Results from the treatment are immediate, and because a dentist is involved, the process is completely safe.

At-Home Whitening

Dispensed by licensed dentists, professional at-home teeth whitening kits consist of placing a bleaching gel in a dental tray that has been custom-fitted for your mouth by a dental practitioner. Some dental trays are worn for an hour, others through the night. Professional at-home whitening kits produce fantastic results in 1 to 2 weeks of use. 

Benefits of a White Smile


sional teeth whitening can whiten your smile, enhance your appearance, and improve the quality of your life. People with sparkling, white smiles are often perceived as being healthier and more intelligent, and that first impression can go a long way. A white smile can also boost your self-confidence, which carries into the many different aspects of your life. 
Teeth Whitening Consultation 

If you have healthy gums and teeth, you may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Only your dentist can determine if professional teeth whitening is suitable for you after performing an exam to ensure proper health. Patients with tooth decay or gum disease are poor candidates for teeth whitening. These issues need to be addressed before seeking cosmetic treatments.

Are you ready to upgrade your smile? Call our dental office at 314-872-7590 today to schedule an appointment in St. Louis, MO. Professional teeth whitening will do you and your smile a world of good!

By Joseph & Nina Zeigler, DMD, PC
March 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Team USA figure skater Adam Rippon became one of the breakout stars of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea last month. But it wasn’t just his acrobatics on the ice that dazzled—it was also his bright smile. As it turns out, the 28-year-old skater had prepared for his big moment on the world stage not only by practicing his jumps…but also by whitening his teeth.

Teeth whitening is a great way to prepare for a special day: a wedding, graduation or any time you want to look your best. Compared to many other cosmetic dental treatments, teeth whitening is less expensive and takes fewer office visits to achieve noticeable results.  It all starts with a dental exam, where we will make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of an underlying dental issue that needs treatment. We can also give you a better idea of what kind of results you can expect from various bleaching methods.

Professional in-office whitening treatments offer the fastest and most dramatic results. Using concentrated bleaching solutions, it’s often possible to lighten teeth up to 10 shades in a single hour! Yet we always take care to protect the sensitive soft tissues of your mouth (gums, lips, etc.) from the powerful bleaching solutions.

We can also prepare a take-home kit that will allow you to achieve similar results at home, though the process will take longer (usually a few weeks). We will provide you with bleaching trays that are custom-made from a model of your mouth for a precise fit, along with bleaching gel to use at home. What’s great about the trays is that you can give yourself a touchup treatment months (or even years) later by getting another tube of bleach from the dental office.

If you have questions about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Joseph & Nina Zeigler, DMD, PC
August 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When you smile, do you take care to hide your teeth? Many people who have discolored or stained teeth are prone to this habit, as they teeth whiteningdon't want to show off a flawed smile. But with teeth whitening from your Saint Louis, MO dentists, Drs. Joseph and Nina Zeigler, a bright and beautiful smile can be yours! Learn how whitening erases years of staining, leaving a luminous smile in its place!

How do teeth become stained?

Although teeth look and feel smooth, they're covered in microscopic grooves and pits, much like how your skin has pores. Over time, these tiny crevices can trap food particles that can collectively make the teeth appear yellow, brown or just dull-looking. Coffee, tea, curry, and tobacco products are usually the most notorious culprits. Because these little furrows and the particles within them are so tiny, regular brushing can't clear them away.

How does teeth whitening work?

Your Saint Louis dentist will start your process to whiter teeth by applying a peroxide based gel on the surface of the teeth that show when you smile. When the peroxide interacts with the natural chemicals on your teeth, it begins to produce oxygenated bubbles, which are small enough to penetrate the grooves in your enamel and break up the stain-causing particles into even smaller pieces, which allows them to be rinsed away after your whitening procedure is complete. This usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour and the results can last well over a year.

Can't I whiten my teeth at home?

While there are many over-the-counter whitening treatments available for purchase, they aren't as concentrated as the professional-grade products used by your Saint Louis dentist. Although the store-bought whitening products will eventually whiten your teeth, it will take much longer than the one short appointment with us, and the results won't last nearly as long before you'll need to buy more.

If you'd like to enhance your teeth with teeth whitening, the world's most popular cosmetic dental procedure, contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Joseph Zeigler or Dr. Nina Zeigler in St. Louis, MO today!