Teeth Whitening ~ Cosmetic Dentistry

Has your morning coffee routine has taken a toll on your smile over the years, we can help!

Sometimes it only takes a little change to make an enormous impact. Such is the case with teeth whitening. Over the years teeth become dull and dingy. When you have your teeth whitened, before and after images will show you how striking the difference whitening can make. Whitening teeth may actually make you look years younger. It is one of the most convenient methods of shaving years off your appearance. A visit to Davidson Family Dental for Teeth Whitening, can give you a beautiful, youthful look in about an hour.

Cost and Insurance Coverage for Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening is typically not a covered benefit with your  dental insurance.    

In-Office Steps to Professional Teeth Whitening

1. Pre-whitening Exam: Before deciding to have teeth whitening treatments, you must have a dental exam to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening treatment.  If you have dental restorations such as veneers, crowns, or bridges, whitening treatment may affect them, and a dentist will explain the benefits and considerations. As long as everything looks OK to proceed, the whitening procedure can take place in the same visit. However,not all individuals are candidates for teeth whitening.  For example, issues such as [gum disease] must be treated and managed prior to a whitening procedure.  Your dentist will provide you with more information, and detail the potential benefits and risks associated with in-office teeth whitening.

2. Recent Dental Cleaning: A recent dental cleaning is required in order to make sure the whitening treatment is effective as possible.  Also, you should see your teeth in their ideal condition prior to whitening, with any surface staining, debris and tartar removed, to make sure that teeth whitening is the desired option.  If a regular cleaning is required in order to proceed, the cleaning may be performed prior to the whitening procedure in the same visit.

3. Impressions for Take-Home Whitening Trays: we offer custom-fitted trays for use with at-home whitening treatments to help keep their smile as bright as possible.  Prior to your bleaching treatment, you may have impressions taken to create a mold that fits your teeth to hold the whitening material.  Note: if you are receiving Invisalign treatment, your trays can also be used for at-home whitening!

4. Color/Shade Selection: The next step is to select the desired shade for your teeth.  The dentist will provide a shade guide with examples from which you can choose.  Your dentist will match the current shade of your teeth using the guide, and you can discuss which shade is most desirable and reasonable to achieve, and compare the results to the original shade as treatment progresses.

5. Touch-Up cleaning: if necessary, your dentist may polish your teeth to make sure your teeth are clean and free of debris that could prevent the whitening treatment from achieving optimal results.

If your  teeth feel more sensitive following the whitening procedure, contact your dentist.  This sensitivity is normal and typically goes away.

Keeping a great at home oral hygiene routine that includes brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day, flossing each day, and visiting your dentist for regular checkup and cleaning visits is the best possible way to keep your smile as white and bright as possible!