FAQs: How Do I Brighten My Smile?

Do you have teeth that appear dull or discolored? Over time, a variety of factors can cause our teeth to appear unattractive and lose their luster. With teeth whitening in Rochester MN, Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry can help you achieve a brighter smile. Today, we’re looking at frequently asked questions about our whitening options.

Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening in Rochester MN

Question: What causes teeth stains?

Answer: There are actually two types of teeth stain: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic is less widespread, forming below the surface as a result of injury, fluorosis, or the use of certain medicines. Extrinsic is way more common and occurs on the surface. Smoking, foods high in sugar, and drinks containing dark pigments can lead to extrinsic stains.

Question: What can I do to keep my smile bright?

Answer: To avoid discoloration, we recommend cutting back on the consumption of drinks with dark pigments, such as tea, soda, red wine, and coffee. You should also stop smoking. Finally, you should have your teeth cleaned once every six months and brush and floss daily.

Question: What teeth whitening options do Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Heimer offer?

Answer: We offer a unique solution that can address both extrinsic and minor intrinsic discoloration. Kor Deep Bleaching begins with an office-based initial treatment. You will then receive custom-made whitening trays and a powerful bleaching gel. You wear the gel-filled trays daily for a set amount of time. Finally, you return to the office for a final treatment. Prior to treatment, we can use imaging technology to show you what your smile will potentially look like after a bleaching treatment.

Question: How else can I achieve a brighter smile?

Answer: We can also mask the appearance of intrinsic stains with dental bonding and porcelain veneers.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, root canals, pediatric dentistry, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.