Professional whitening is an effective way to make your smile look its best. If your teeth look yellow or stained, simple teeth whitening from your dental team can make your smile dazzlingly shiny again.
How Do Teeth Become Stained?
Teeth can become stained for many different reasons, including:
- Consuming coffee, tea, red wine, citrus fruits, carrots, certain berries
- Taking medicine such as tetracycline
- Over-use of fluoride which may cause mottled white spots on teeth
- Natural tooth color growing more pronounced
But regardless of the reason, each issue can be resolved quickly with professional teeth whitening, whether it is performed in-office or with a take-home whitening kit from your dental team.
Cost of Teeth Whitening
You can find teeth whitening products over the counter at pharmacies, but the most effective treatments by far are professional.
We offer two kinds of professional teeth whitening:
In-office, you’ll receive a visibly whiter smile in just one visit for bleaching. We’ll use a rubber shield or protective gel to protect your gums from irritation, then apply a carbide peroxide bleaching agent to your teeth, and activate it with a specialized laser light for enhanced results.
For at-home teeth whitening, we’ll create a custom whitening tray holding a carbide peroxide bleaching agent, and instruct you how to use our at-home kit, including explaining how long you should use it daily and for how many days.
You can also use at-home kits to maintain the results of in-office whitening treatment.
Treatment cost is usually approximately $350 for in-office treatment, while at-home whitening costs around $400.
No matter how stained your teeth may be, you’ll have brighter teeth in no-time with professional tooth whitening.
While an office visit yields fast results, our at-home whitening kits are a great solution if you have minimal stains on your teeth or just prefer to whiten your smile at home, or want to maintain your new smile.
Is Professional Teeth Whitening Worth the Cost?
Professional teeth whitening is the best way to get a bright, clean smile, as kits for whitening purchased over the counter can cause problems if not used properly, eroding surface enamel or irritating gums. This won’t happen when you have professional teeth whitening treatment from your dentist. Over-the-counter whitening products can also be the cause of tooth sensitivity, or irritate soft mouth tissues.
And, your teeth will look better faster, as well as being safe from any possible harm. Professional teeth whitening takes less time and lasts far longer than any over-the-counter whitening kits.
Although teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure not usually covered by dental insurance, the safety of the process and the attractive results make professional whitening well worth the cost.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Along with being good for your teeth and offering fast, visibly attractive results, professional teeth whitening can last a long time, as long you take care of your smile. Just follow these easy steps for care:
- Schedule a dental cleaning every six months
- Brush and floss twice a day
- Avoid any dark colored food and beverages after whitening for at least a week
- Sip dark colored beverages with a straw whenever possible
- Receive any follow up or maintenance whitening as recommended by your dentist
Learn More About the Cost of Teeth Whitening
Are you ready to get a beautiful new smile? Reach out to us today for more information about the cost of teeth whitening at Artistic Family Dentistry of Silver Spring. Just give us a call today!