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Teeth Whitening – Dallas, TX

Remove Stains and Reveal a Brighter Smile

In our culture, white teeth are almost universally regarded as attractive and youthful. But what if your smile has incurred some stains over the years? The team at Avion Dental & Orthodontics is ready to help. We offer both in-office and take-home professional teeth whitening in Dallas. These treatments are fast, effective, and safe for the vast majority of patients. Contact us today to schedule your whitening consultation. We look forward to helping your smile reach its full potential!

Why Choose Avion Dental & Orthodontics for Teeth Whitening?

  • In-Office and Take-Home Whitening Options
  • Faster and More Effective than Over the Counter Whitening
  • Friendly and Experienced Team

Who Is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Shade guide next to patient’s teeth, showing results of whitening treatment

Professional teeth whitening can reduce or even eliminate both extrinsic (on the surface) and intrinsic (in the inner layers) stains from teeth. Whether your stains are due to coffee, red wine, or even smoking, professional whitening might be right for you. However, keep in mind that your teeth and gums should be healthy before you start your cosmetic treatment. And since restorations (like veneers and crowns) don’t respond to whitening agents, you may need a different cosmetic treatment if you have any on your front teeth.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Close-up of teeth before and after whitening treatment

Teeth whitening works by using powerful bleaching agents that penetrate the teeth’s enamel and break up pigment molecules that are causing stains. There are many types of professional whitening products on the market, but they generally fall into one of two categories: take-home or in-office treatments. As your cosmetic dentist in Dallas, we will help you decide which option is best for you. You might even benefit from both — for example, you could get started with an in-office Zoom whitening treatment, then use a take-home kit for maintenance.

Teeth trays and whitening agent for take-home treatment

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening is excellent for people who want to achieve gradual results. We’ll provide you with a professional strength whitening kit, and you will use it daily as instructed in the comfort of your own home. You may begin to notice a difference in your teeth after just a couple of applications, but final results usually take two weeks.

Happy female patient undergoing in-office professional whitening treatment

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Our Zoom in-office treatment is fantastic for people who want to achieve results as quickly as possible — the process usually takes just an hour or so. We simply apply a whitening gel to your teeth, use a special light to activate it, and repeat the process until your teeth are sufficiently brightened. Zoom is one of the most popular professional whitening systems, and it has been proven to be safe and effective for the vast majority of patients.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

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During the first few days after an in-office whitening treatment, you should stick to a “white diet” because your teeth may be extra vulnerable to stains. After those first few days, you can eat normally, but it would be wise to consume dark foods and beverages in moderation. Other ways to maintain your results include:

  • Avoiding smoking
  • Using a whitening toothpaste
  • Visiting us twice a year for professional cleanings
  • Drinking dark beverages through a straw to minimize their contact with your teeth

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Now that you know more about teeth whitening and the different types available, it’s natural to wonder how much it costs. The answer depends on your unique situation, so we won’t be able to give you a detailed estimate until you consult with one of our dentists. Continue reading below for more information about the different pricing factors. If you have additional questions or are ready to schedule your appointment, feel free to contact us, and one of our friendly staff would be happy to assist you.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Although teeth whitening typically has a set price, it can fluctuate based on a few considerations such as:

  • The severity of the discoloration. If your teeth are covered in stubborn stains, it may take more than one treatment to lighten your smile which increases the final amount due.
  • The types of staining present. External stains from eating and drinking dark foods are easier to bleach away than internal stains due to biology, medical conditions, or medications.
  • Whether there are other procedures required. If our team discovers that you have issues that need to be addressed first, like having a tooth filled, then you’ll need to cover the additional fees.

Types of Teeth Whitening and Their Costs

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There are several ways to brighten your grin and each method has its own pricing structure. Although it can vary depending on your provider, usually you can expect to pay the following:

  • In-office services: Generally, this runs anywhere from $400 to $800 although in some rare instances, it may reach up to $1,000.
  • Take-home kits: We are happy to send you home with customized trays and a professional-grade gel for a few hundred dollars.
  • “Over-the-counter” trays: It’s possible to find commercially available whitening trays for about $100 but they won’t fit as well.
  • Store-bought strips or gels: This is the least expensive option and can be purchased at most stores and pharmacies for $20 to $40 per box.

Commercial-Grade vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

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If you’re looking to lighten your smile and have cost-effective methods available, you might wonder why you would even need to visit your dentist for a more expensive treatment. However, when it comes to your teeth you often get what you pay for and the quality of the product you’re using is often reflected in its price. Although it may be simpler and cheaper to pick up a kit at your local store, they often don’t give the results you’re hoping for. Plus, the bleaching agents are often abrasive enough to erode enamel and cause tooth sensitivity.

Meanwhile, your dentist has access to high-quality ingredients with trays that fit like a glove to maximize results while minimizing potential discomfort. For example, with a single, hour-long in-office visit you could brighten your teeth by several shades. It takes a week or two for the same results with take-home kits but either way, you’ll be safely upgrading your grin.

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

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Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that’s intended to enhance your appearance and so it’s usually not covered by standard dental insurance plans. We don’t want your budget to keep you from the smile you deserve, however, so we are happy to work with you to help make your treatment more budget-friendly. We provide the following options to help make this service more affordable to you:

  • Flexible Financing: We’ve partnered with CareCredit so that, if approved, you can break down your total invoice into more manageable installments.
  • VIP Plan: Our on-site membership plan doesn’t come with deductibles, maximums, or waiting periods and includes discounts on a long list of services.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

Frequently asked questions about teeth whitening

Tooth discoloration is a common complaint, but you don’t have to hide your teeth any longer. Teeth whitening in Dallas can give you the bright, beautiful smile you desire; however, it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to it. Don’t worry, here are the answers to frequently asked questions to ease your apprehensions.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

You might have heard rumors about whitening treatments causing discomfort, but when performed on the ideal candidate, there should never be any pain. Whitening systems are specially formulated to reduce the risk of tooth sensitivity. Your cosmetic dentist in Dallas can customize your treatment if you’re prone to sensitivity. You can avoid a painful whitening treatment by skipping hot or cold foods and drinks for 24-48 hours after your procedure. You can also use a specialty toothpaste to prevent discomfort. It’s also important to space out your treatments. Overusing whitening products can damage your enamel, causing the unpleasant sensation.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

If you’re embarrassed by stained or discolored teeth, you might be a candidate for teeth whitening; however, you’ll require a consultation with your dentist to ensure it’s right for you. Your dentist will examine your mouth to look for any untreated issues, like tooth decay. Your teeth and gums must be healthy, or the whitening agents can aggravate any untreated dental problems. Your cosmetic dentist will also determine the cause of your discoloration because not all stains are the same. Some won’t respond to whitening treatments, like those caused by antibiotics. As a result, you may need an alternative solution, like veneers. Your dentist will create the personalized plan you need to revitalize your smile.

Is teeth whitening permanent?

Unfortunately, the results of teeth whitening aren’t permanent; however, your smile can stay bright for several months to years with the proper maintenance. You can ensure your teeth stay bright and beautiful by committing to your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. You’ll also want to avoid anything that can cause new stains, like frequently drinking coffee, eating dark berries, or smoking. It’s important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Your dentist can provide you with a touch-up kit to help maintain your results.

Does Teeth Whitening Work on Dental Crowns?

Although dental crowns look like real teeth, they can’t be whitened using the same methods. In fact, your cosmetic dentist will recommend avoiding whitening products because they can weaken the bond between your tooth and the restoration. Most modern restorations are made of all-ceramic material, which is stain-resistant; however, your cosmetic dentist will recommend implementing the same practices you use for your natural teeth to ensure your smile stays its brightest. If you notice any color discrepancies between your crown and enamel, your dentist can revamp your smile using an individualized strategy.