Teeth Whitening

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Teeth Whitening in East Longmeadow and Hampden, MA

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

What are some reasons for teeth whitening?

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

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What does tooth whitening involve?

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

How much is teeth whitening in East Longmeadow, MA?

The average cost of teeth whitening in East Longmeadow, MA is $400. Prices may vary based on how white you want your teeth to look, and the length of your teeth whitening treatment.

Will dental insurance help me pay for my teeth whitening procedure?

Dental insurance plans usually don’t cover cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening. Although we will check with your particular plan to verify your benefits, there is a high likelihood that teeth whitening will not be covered by your plan.

How long is a professional teeth whitening session?

Typically teeth whitening sessions can last anywhere between 45 minutes to 90 minutes depending on how many shades your are wanting to get whiter. Longer appointments usually lead to more sensitivity as more chemicals are used to whiten your teeth.

What are the most popular types of teeth whitening therapies?

The most popular types of teeth whitening therapies include Zoom Whitening, Kor Whitening, and Venus whitening systems. Although Zoom whitening is the most popular, the other two methods are gaining in popularity as they lead to less post-op sensitivity after your whitening sessions.

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If you are in East Longmeadow, MA and are looking for teeth whitening services, come see our experts at East Longmeadow Family Dental Center. We look forward to meeting you!