Teeth Whitening

It is no secret that everyone wants a white, beautiful, and healthy smile. A white smile doesn’t just reveal healthy teeth and gums, it also plays a significant role in how confident you feel. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen easily for people. Whatever the reason or cause, stains and discoloration are one of the most common dental problems that people complain about. This explains why teeth whitening is such a popular procedure these days. Teeth whitening is paramount to getting a gorgeous smile.

How it Works 

Teeth whitening offers a safe, effective way to get rid of tooth discoloration and give back the confidence you’ve been missing. When a whitening solution is applied to your teeth, the hydrogen peroxide inside of the solution penetrates through the enamel. It then starts the oxidation process where molecules are transformed to reflect less or no light. This makes them appear colorless, and teeth appear white. This process is typically effective for eliminating stains and can be repeated frequently. On occasion, the stains are too strong for a teeth bleaching procedure to work. When this happens, there are other alternative treatments available.

Teeth Whitening Solutions 

  •     Toothpastes and Rinses
  •     Chewing Gum and Whitening Strips
  •     Tray-Based Teeth Whiteners
  •     In-Office Dental Whitening Treatment

Tooth Whitening Side Effects 

Teeth whitening side effects are usually limited to tooth sensitivity and gum irritation, but it’s also important to know what side effects are associated with certain products and procedures. One of the best ways to protect yourself from potential teeth whitening side effects is to choose quality products and a trustworthy dentist.

General Cost & Insurance Coverage

Numerous options are available today to help remove stains and whiten your teeth. Some are over-the-counter products that can be the least expensive and the easiest to use. The costs of OTC teeth whitening methods can range from $5-$50. Another option is an in-office dental procedure performed by dental professionals, which can cost an average of $650. Then there are customized take-home trays that average around $400.

While there are several different whitening methods available, dental insurance companies tend to reject claims for cosmetic procedures. Traditional insurance isn’t your only option, a discount plan may provide the coverage you need. There is a very slim chance of convincing your insurance company that whitening your teeth is necessary and not merely cosmetic. While most dental insurance companies do not cover cosmetic work, it never hurts to ask.

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