Here at Epic Family Dentistry of Carrollton, keeping our patients’ smiles healthy is always our top priority. However, we understand that the way your smile looks is important as well, which is why we offer a vast array of cosmetic services. If you’ve been feeling self-conscious about stubborn stains on your teeth, Dr. A has just the solution for you: Zoom! teeth whitening in Carrollton. With both in-office and take-home whitening treatments available, you can brighten your smile by up to eight shades with whichever way is more comfortable for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
The vast majority of people will develop stains on their teeth over the course of their lives. As you get older, the white enamel on the outside of your teeth becomes thinner, revealing more of the underlying layer of yellowish dentin. Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, wine, tea, berries, and richly pigmented sauces, can also contribute to discoloration. Tobacco use, whether you smoke or chew it, is another common reason why teeth become stained.
No matter how your pearly whites lose their luster, our treatments are designed to safely and effectively give your smile a dramatic transformation.
If you have an important event coming up soon, like a job interview or wedding, and you want to look your best, you may be a candidate for in-office teeth whitening. With this option, we can brighten your smile by six to eight shades in just one appointment that shouldn’t take more than an hour.
After isolating your teeth with a dental dam, we apply a bleaching gel that’s exponentially more potent than any whitening product you can find in stores or online. Once activated by shining a special light on it, this gel permeates the enamel of your teeth to break down even the most deeply set stains. After 15 minutes or so, we wipe off the gel, and the stains come right off with it! We can repeat this process a couple of time until you’re satisfied with the teeth you see smiling back at you in the mirror.
For patients who would prefer to brighten their pearly whites from the comfort of their own home, we also offer take-home whitening kits. Your dentist in Carrollton will begin this process by capturing impressions of your teeth, which are then used to create personalized trays. You’ll fill these trays with our powerful bleaching gel and wear them for about 30 minutes a day. While you’re wearing the trays, you’re free to do virtually anything you want at home, whether it’s getting ready for work in the morning or unwinding with your favorite television show in the evening. You may notice a difference after just a day or two, but most patients achieve optimal results after using the trays every day for two weeks.
If you’ve never gotten cosmetic dentistry before, the idea of paying for dental care that isn’t going to be covered by dental insurance may be an uncomfortable prospect for you. We strive to make all the care that we offer as affordable as possible for our patients, so if you’re apprehensive about the potential cost of care, we have plenty of tools available to help you budget for the treatment.
We’ll give you a complete cost of care when we meet you, and until then here’s what you should know about the factors that affect the cost of teeth whitening.
Typically, the tooth whitening you’ll receive will be offered at one set price, which means that the primary factor to be concerned about is how many whitening treatments you’ll need in order to get the results that you’re looking for.
This comes down to a few variables, like how severe your discoloration is. The type of discoloration also matters—some are caused by stains that have set in on the surface of your tooth, while others are a result of changes in the color of the tooth itself. The latter is considerably more stubborn, which means that you’re more likely to need multiple rounds of whitening treatment in order to repair it.
Finally, you should probably consider whether you’ll need fillings or crowns to repair any areas of tooth decay, as these will incur an additional cost.
There are different kinds of teeth whitening, both professional and DIY. As you might imagine, the kinds of whitening kits that you get from your local pharmacy will be cheaper than what you would be given by us, but as a result, are also of considerably lower quality.
We offer both take-home and in-office whitening kits. The former will usually cost a few hundred dollars, while in-office whitening is slightly more expensive, usually in the 400-800 dollar range.
DIY whitening trays, on the other hand, typically top out at around 100 dollars, and whitening strips are even cheaper.
While their being cheap can make DIY teeth whitening tempting, it’s important to remember that there’s no point in paying anything for a whitening solution that doesn’t actually work. Unfortunately, this is often the case when it comes to store-bought whitening kits.
The whitening solution used in them is generally much weaker than what you’d get from us, which means that you’re unlikely to get decent results, or could cause tooth sensitivity from overuse in the attempt. If you want something that will actually work, you need to come to a professional.
Like other cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening isn’t typically covered by dental insurance. As a result, you’re likely going to have to pay for it without its assistance. Thankfully, there are methods available to help you do that.
We frequently work with CareCredit, which is a health and wellness financing firm that operates a little bit like a credit card. You can use it to fund care then pay off the amount over time, often with little-to-no interest.
With options like this, you can afford care that may have been previously out of reach, putting the tools to get a perfect smile into your hands.