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Teeth Whitening – Naperville, IL

You Deserve a Brighter Smile

At Grand Dental – Naperville, our team of experts recognizes how easy it is for stains to develop over time. Whether caused by smoking, dark-colored beverages and foods, or genetics, a yellowed or dull smile can take its toll on a person’s mental and physical well-being. This is why we offer professional teeth whitening in Naperville. Designed to produce results quickly and more effectively than store-bought brands, we encourage you to call our office to inquire about your candidacy for treatment.

Who is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

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During a consultation, our cosmetic dentist will review your oral health and determine if you have any dental issues that need to be addressed first (i.e., dental decay, cavities, gum disease, etc.). We’ll then go over your overall health history to make sure that you are in general good health. Finally, we’ll determine if the stains you possess are intrinsic or extrinsic, as this will help us to determine how best to approach your teeth whitening care.

Generally, though, individuals who desire to have a whiter smile are good candidates if:

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

At-home teeth whitening

The most common forms of professional teeth whitening include in-office and take-home whitening solutions. At Grand Dental – Naperville, we offer Opalescence take-home teeth whitening for patients like yourself.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Using Opalescence teeth whitening kits, we will provide you with customized trays that you will wear for a designated amount of time each day. These trays are designed to fit comfortably because of the fabrication that is based on impressions taken of your smile. In combination with the trays, you will use high-grade bleaching gel that is made to target stains and eliminate them for good. In just two weeks, you can expect to see a dramatic difference.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Some dental offices offer in-office teeth whitening. Using the same bleaching gel as those found in professional take-home kits, a blue light is then used to activate the agent that targets stains and discoloration. In just one hour, patients can see noticeable results.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

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Maintaining a whiter, brighter smile requires staying on top of your oral hygiene and being mindful of your lifestyle habits. If you want your teeth to look their best for longer, consider these tips:

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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When it comes to choosing a method of cosmetic dentistry to brighten your smile, you may be focused on the excitement of what is to come more than anything else. Of course, to ensure that you feel confident in your decision, it’s important to know about the process, aftercare, and cost. As you discuss your proposed treatment with one of our Grand Dental – Naperville team members, allow them to go over the cost of teeth whitening so that you can be better prepared when it comes to paying for your new smile.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

before and after teeth whitening

During your consultation with our cosmetic dentist, you will learn that different factors play a role in the overall cost of your teeth whitening treatment. They include:

  • Preliminary Treatment – During your consultation, we will examine your teeth, gums, and overall health to ensure they are in good shape. If they are not, we will incorporate additional treatments into your comprehensive plan (i.e., gum disease treatment, tooth-colored fillings, etc.).
  • Severity of Stains – We will determine the severity of your stains and discoloration, as this will help us to prepare a plan that targets those above and below the enamel’s surface.
  • In-Office or Take-Home – At Grand Dental – Naperville, we offer take-home whitening kits, but in many cases, dentists must base the price on whether a person is receiving in-office care or take-home trays for treatment.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

take-home whitening trays and gel

There are many different types of teeth whitening available, and many individuals tend to start with the cheapest option. Although it may alleviate the financial burden initially, the results will often lead to additional money being spent to achieve the kind of brighter smile that is truly desired.

Before purchasing the first product you see on drugstore shelves, consider the cost of each and why paying more will leave you with a smile you can really enjoy:

  • In-Office Whitening typically runs between $400-$500 and can be completed in one hour.
  • Take-Home Whitening will likely cost anywhere from $200-$300 but uses high-grade whitening gel to eliminate stains.
  • Store-Bought Trays can cost you about $100 but are one-size-fits-all, so they don’t provide an even whitening experience.
  • Strips, Gels, and Pens may only cost between $20-$30 but often do not create the kind of results you are looking to achieve.

Fast Teeth Whitening VS Inexpensive Teeth Whitening

female patient prepaparing for teeth whitening

It’s natural to want to save money when it comes to dental treatments. Unfortunately, the opportunity to save a few dollars doesn’t often lead to beautiful, long-lasting results. While staying within budget is important, there are things you can do to lower your expenses while still receiving the showstopping smile you deserve.

Choosing a skilled cosmetic dentist to brighten your teeth with professional-grade, customized take-home trays and whitening gel allows you to reap the benefits of a whiter smile that forms in about two weeks.

Not only is your treatment tailored to your needs, but it also creates a safer, more effective way to brighten your smile by several shades, leaving you to feel confident and beautiful in your new appearance.

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

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Paying for teeth whitening often requires seeking alternative options outside of private dental insurance. Most of these companies do not offer coverage for this type of treatment because it is not “medically necessary.” Instead, it is considered a luxury. This is why our team at Grand Dental – Naperville provides easy-to-enroll flexible financing through CareCredit as well as our Grand Advantage Plan. This makes it easy for you to sign up and start receiving valuable discounts on all types of dental services.

Also, we are currently offering a special for new and existing patients! You can get free teeth whitening for life!

Teeth Whitening FAQs

Does teeth whitening damage enamel?

No, you do not need to worry about teeth whitening damaging healthy enamel. You should understand, though, that if you are suffering from existing gum disease or tooth decay, the chemicals used in teeth whitening can create issues, so you’ll want to make sure that you meet with your dentist for a thorough consultation beforehand.

If you try to use a DIY form of teeth whitening, there is a possibility that you might damage the enamel or soft oral tissues surrounding your teeth. These can include using hydrogen peroxide or activated charcoal. Also, if you attempt to overuse whitening products, it can cause your enamel to wear away over time.

This is why it’s always best to seek the help of a trusted professional who can oversee the process of teeth whitening and ensure that it is being done safely and effectively.

Does teeth whitening work on dental crowns?

Unfortunately, the ingredients used in teeth whitening solutions cannot brighten stained dental crowns. These are artificial teeth that are not porous like traditional tooth enamel, so they cannot absorb the whitening gel. If treatment is performed on these restorations, it can actually cause the bonding agent to wear down, causing the crown to come off and no longer protect your vulnerable tooth.

If you are unhappy with the look of your dental crown, the only way to improve its appearance is to have it replaced to match the color of your whiter teeth.

Does teeth whitening qualify for FSA?

Although you may have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), which is an employer-sponsored benefit that makes it easy to pay out of pocket for various medical expenses, you cannot use it toward teeth whitening. The reason is that it is not deemed a necessary medical expense. To use your FSA, you must apply it toward preventive cleanings, X-rays, and other routine examinations, as they are designed to improve your oral health, not your aesthetics.

How can I reduce the cost of teeth whitening?

Since dental insurance is unlikely to cover the cost of teeth whitening, you’ll need to seek alternative solutions to pay for treatment. Fortunately, at Grand Dental – Naperville, our team is pleased to partner with CareCredit to provide flexible financing but also our Grand Advantage Plan. This makes it easy for you to enroll and receive valuable discounts on available services in-house.

Depending on your preference, either option (flexible financing or an in-house savings plan) is a great way to keep out-of-pocket expenses low as you work toward a brighter, healthier smile.