Teeth Whitening O’Fallon, IL
Many factors can affect the color of your teeth, from medications or illness to using tobacco products or consuming beverages that stain teeth. Teeth whitening can restore your smile’s natural whiteness, improving your confidence in your smile and the overall appearance of your teeth.
At Lake Pointe Dental, our O’Fallon dentists provide teeth whitening services that fit your budget and your lifestyle. With options for in-office visits as well as products that help you whiten your teeth at home, you can depend on our team to provide you with the tools you need to brighten your smile.
We offer 3 ways to whiten your teeth:
In-Office Zoom system
This is power bleaching which is done in the office under our supervision. A focused light is used to enhance the effect. Custom trays are made to allow the patient to do follow up and touch up bleaching, after the initial treatment. Some patients who are taking certain medications which make them sensitive to the sun can’t have this treatment, due to the risk of burns (like a bad sunburn).
Home Bleaching with custom trays
This will provide the patient with the same end results as Zoom, but for half the fee. The difference is this treatment takes 7-10 days to complete.
Sheer White Strips
These strips provide excellent results even though they are not as powerful as the other two whitening methods. It is our the least expensive whitening treatment.
All whitening treatments have their limitations and are not always able to provide the results the patient is looking for. If you are looking to brighten your smile and bleaching is not for you there are other treatments which can achieve the results you are looking for.
Teeth Whitening Frequently Asked Questions
Below are common questions our dentists receive about teeth whitening and some answers to help you determine if teeth whitening is for you!
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Can my insurance cover teeth whitening?
In general, insurance companies consider teeth whitening within the scope of cosmetic dentistry and thus do not cover the costs associated with this service. However, every insurance company is different, and to better understand your coverage for services such as teeth whitening, it’s best if you discuss your questions about cost with your provider. And although your provider may not cover it, our dental practice does offer financing options to help you get the teeth whitening treatment you need.
What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
Tooth sensitivity towards hot and cold beverages or food is the most reported side effect of teeth whitening, but it typically subsides after a few days.
Can teeth whitening damage tooth enamel?
No, getting your teeth whitened does not damage the enamel of your teeth, although they can become more sensitive following the procedure.. According to the American Dental Association, irreversible tooth damage as a result of whitening teeth is rare.
How long can I expect the effects of teeth whitening to last?
Depending on what types of food and drinks you have following teeth whitening, the results can last between 6 months and 2 years, but some patients can see the effects last longer than this. For example, if you are a smoker or drink red wine or coffee, the whitening effects will fade faster than if you do not consume these beverages or smoke. Reducing exposure to staining agents like the ones mentioned above can reduce the need to have touch-up procedures later.
Can teeth whitening procedures damage dental restorations such as veneers, fillings, or implants?
Whitening your teeth does not damage your existing fillings, veneers, implants, or other dental restorations. However, it is important to consider that dental restorations will not lighten following teeth whitening. Pre-existing dental work, therefore, may need to be replaced following whitening to give your teeth a more natural appearance. Our experienced cosmetic dentists can discuss these options with you during your consultation for teeth whitening.
Contact the experienced dentists at Lake Pointe Dental Group in O’Fallon, IL today to discuss what teeth whitening options are right for you!