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Even with regular brushing and professional cleanings, it is normal for our teeth to lose some of their luster as we get older. Age, smoking, and certain foods and beverages can stain and discolor our teeth. Our convenient teeth whitening procedure is an affordable way to brighten and rejuvenate your smile.
Why Choose In-Office Teeth Whitening?
Our in-office teeth whitening process is the fastest and most effective way to achieve a dramatically brighter smile. We use highly concentrated bleaching gels that penetrate deep into the tooth enamel to lift the stains that have accumulated over the years. The products we use are much stronger than anything available over the counter, which is why the process is sometimes referred to as power bleaching. Our experienced dentists perform the procedure under carefully controlled conditions, so the process is safe, painless, and reliable.
How Do I Know If Professional Teeth Whitening Will Work for Me?
To ensure that you are a candidate for our teeth whitening process, our dentist will perform a thorough exam to determine the cause of your tooth discoloration. We recommend cosmetic whitening for patients with tooth discoloration caused by consuming certain foods and beverages or even smoking. There are certain types of stains that cannot be corrected using our whitening process. For example, power bleaching will not correct discolorations caused by medications, such as tetracycline, or problems with the tooth structure, such as decay. The procedure also may not work for patients with extensive dental restorations because the porcelain and composite materials used for veneers, fillings, and crowns do not respond to the bleaching process. This means that you may need to replace your restorations so they will blend in with your lightened natural teeth.
Do You Recommend Teeth Whitening at Home?
Even if your schedule does not permit you to come into our office for chairside whitening, you can still get professional results with our at-home teeth whitening kits. Each kit comes with a custom-fitted whitening tray and professional-grade whitening gel. Our staff will also provide you with detailed instructions on how to use the kit for the best results. Most patients wear their whitening trays for about an hour a day. When used consistently for two weeks, you can potentially lighten your teeth up to six shades.
Will Insurance Cover Teeth Whitening in Goshen?
Teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic procedure, so it is not normally covered by dental insurance. To learn more about your teeth bleaching cost, we recommend that you contact our office to arrange a consultation. Once our teeth bleaching dentist has assessed your dental needs, we will estimate your treatment cost based on the type of bleaching system recommended, the anticipated number of treatments, and any need for follow-up appointments or additional dental services.
Are Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products Any Good?
Over-the-counter teeth whitening gels, trays, strips, toothpastes, and rinses are popular because they are inexpensive and widely available. These products rely on abrasives or peroxide to remove stains on the surface of the tooth enamel. This may be fine if all you need is a minor touch-up. However, over-the-counter products are not powerful enough to remove stains that have penetrated deep into the enamel. If used incorrectly, over-the-counter products can even damage your gums or provide blotchy, uneven results. If you want to whiten your teeth at home, your best option is to purchase a professional-grade teeth whitening kit from a dentist.
What Is the Teeth Whitening Procedure Like?
We will discuss the procedure in detail once you and your dentist have determined which whitening system is best for your situation. Following is a basic overview of what to expect, but the steps may vary slightly based on which teeth whitening system you choose:
- Our dentist will perform a quick dental exam to make sure that you don’t have dental issues that could affect the whitening process.
- Next, we will clean your teeth to remove any superficial stains.
- The dentist will expose your teeth using a painless cheek retractor.
- To keep your gums from being damaged by the bleaching gel, we will coat your gums with a protective liquid.
- The dentist will apply one or more coats of a highly concentrated bleaching gel to your teeth. Each coat will remain on the teeth for a prescribed amount of time before being removed. In some instances, a special light may be used to enhance the results.
- After each coat, the dentist will check the results to determine if further treatments at home or in our office may be needed to achieve the desired level of brightness.