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Teeth Whitening – Plymouth, MA

Are You Thinking About Teeth Whitening?

Tooth enamel is not naturally bright white. Plus, it can become stained over time due to habits like coffee and red wine consumption. If your teeth are not as radiant as you would like, we invite you to visit us to talk about our professional whitening services. They tend to be much faster, safer, and more effective than over the counter options. In fact, you could achieve a drastically brighter smile in a single appointment!

Our Teeth Whitening Options

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We offer two types of teeth whitening:

During an in-office whitening procedure, Dr. Aveni applies a powerful whitening solution to the teeth. It penetrates the enamel in order to break up even deep-set stains. The entire process may take around an hour or so, and it can brighten teeth by several shades.

Some individuals prefer a more gradual approach to teeth whitening. That is why we also offer a take-home whitening kit. We can provide you with all the tools you need to safely and quickly whiten your teeth at home. All you have to do is use the kit as instructed every day for a couple of weeks. This option is usually best for patients with sensitive teeth or those who may find in-office whitening to be uncomfortable.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

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Some benefits of professional teeth whitening include:

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening is one of the more affordable cosmetic services. Of course, its exact price can vary from case to case. When you visit us, we can discuss specific numbers and help you explore your payment options, such as financing. We look forward to helping your smile shine!

Factors that Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Usually, teeth whitening services come at a flat rate. However, there are some factors that can cause the price to vary, including:

  • The severity of your discoloration. Most cases of dental discoloration are straightforward, but certain types of stains may require more intensive (and expensive) treatment.
  • The type of discoloration. Teeth can become discolored due to a range of conditions, and some types of stains are more stubborn than others. For example, intrinsic (inside the tooth) stains are more difficult to address than extrinsic (on the surface of the enamel) stains.
  • Additional treatments. Some patients require restorative care, such as fillings or gum disease therapy, before they become eligible for cosmetic services.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

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There are four broad categories of teeth whitening, each of which comes at its own price point:

  • In-office teeth whitening. This fast and powerful treatment can cost anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to $1,000 or more in cases of severe staining.
  • Professional take-home whitening kits. These use custom-fit trays and a powerful whitening formula. They usually cost a few hundred dollars.
  • Over-the-counter whitening trays. These do not feature a custom fit and may cost around $100 or less. They are easy to purchase online or at many stores.
  • • Whitening strips or gels. These over-the-counter products are easy to find at most stores and pharmacies. They often cost less than $50 per box and typically contain enough product for a two-week whitening course.

Fast Teeth Whitening vs. Inexpensive Teeth Whitening

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When you consider the numbers listed above, you might wonder why anyone would choose professional teeth whitening when over-the-counter options cost so much less. There are a few important points to keep in mind:

  • • Professional whitening is more powerful. Many people have been disappointed by over-the-counter products. Professional options can make your smile as bright as possible in a short amount of time. In fact, an in-office treatment usually takes just one hour or so!
  • • Professional supervision matters. With the guidance of a dentist, you can be confident that your whitening treatment will be safe and successful.

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

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Teeth whitening is classified as a purely cosmetic procedure, so you should not expect your dental insurance policy to help you pay for it. The good news is that there are provisions that may make it easier on your wallet to brighten up your smile:

  • Financing. . Most patients are eligible for low-interest financing through a company like CareCredit.
  • Special pricing. We periodically offer bargains on cosmetic services. Call us to find out if we have any current deals that could help you reach your aesthetic goals.

Are you ready to say goodbye to dental stains? Call our team today to find out how we can help you whiten your smile in the most affordable way possible.

Common Teeth Whitening Questions

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You may be interested in getting your teeth whitened, but you likely still want to know more about the treatment. Below, we address some questions that patients most frequently ask about our teeth whitening options.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

How long your results last will depend largely on you. If you use a whitening toothpaste, do not smoke, and limit your consumption of staining foods and beverages, you may enjoy a radiant smile for years. If you purchase a take-home whitening kit from us, you can use it to perform periodic touch-ups.

Will I Need to Bleach My Teeth for the Rest of My Life?

Tooth enamel is porous, which means that pigments seep into it and affect its appearance. There is simply no way to permanently whiten natural tooth enamel. Therefore, maintaining a bright smile requires regular teeth bleaching. However, there is an alternative option. Dr. Aveni offers porcelain veneers. These thin pieces of porcelain can be placed over your natural teeth. Since porcelain is nonporous, it maintains its original color for many years.

Are you ready to talk to our team about teeth whitening? Contact Aveni Dental Professionals today.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Teeth whitening treatments are noninvasive. However, whitening formulas have been known to cause a temporary increase in dental sensitivity. After your whitening session, you might find that it is uncomfortable to consume hot or cold beverages. Spicy foods may also cause some discomfort. Avoiding such items would be wise.

After an in-office whitening session, the increase in sensitivity may last for a few days. If you are using an at-home kit, the sensitivity may be less than what it would be with an in-office treatment. However, you might still experience a degree of discomfort as long as you are using the kit. Sensitivity-reducing toothpaste may be able to help.

If you are prone to dental sensitivity, let us know. We may be able to adjust your treatment in order to minimize any issues.

What Is the Difference Between Professional and Store-Bought Teeth Whitening?

There are a few differences between professional and store-bought teeth whitening options:

Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

If you find it difficult to smile confidently because you are self-conscious about the color of your teeth, professional whitening may be able to help. This treatment can get rid of even stubborn, deep-set stains and help you to look younger and feel like a star.

Of course, while teeth whitening can be beneficial for most people, there are some exceptions. For example, if you have gum disease or other oral health concerns, they will need to be addressed before you can move forward with cosmetic services. Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that crowns and veneers do not respond to whitening products. If you have such restorations on your front teeth, we may need to come up with an alternative plan for brightening your smile.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

When it is administered by a qualified dental professional, teeth whitening is generally very safe. You can trust your dentist to prescribe a treatment that offers maximum results with minimal risk to your health.

However, whitening products do have the potential to cause harm. For example, overuse of teeth bleaching formulas may erode your teeth and cause significant damage to your enamel. Additionally, if you use a product that has not been approved by the FDA and ADA, you are taking a big risk. Such items could have ingredients in them that are harmful to oral or overall health.

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