Nothing lends you self-confidence quite like a bright, healthy smile, complete with glistening white teeth. Over time, however, even the brightest smile can be dimmed, whether by poor dental hygiene or simply the natural aging process. For those seeking teeth whitening, Snow Family Dentistry provides tested, proven options. Dr. Snow and his team can help you restore your smile to its full luster, and your confidence to its highest peak. We invite you to learn more about teeth whitening at Snow Family Dentistry.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
At Snow Family Dentistry, we provide two options for teeth whitening. The first is a procedure that we use here in the office. In-office teeth whitening takes about 90 minutes and delivers immediate results.
For those who prefer the convenience of at-home teeth whitening, we offer that option as well. Home tooth whitening kits, complete with a professional bleach, offer greater privacy and flexibility but may take 10 to 14 days to show results.
In either case, Snow Family Dentistry provides solutions that penetrate the enamel of your teeth, allowing us to carefully target and eliminate any underlying molecules that have become discolored. This provides lasting results.
What is the Cause of Stained or Discolored Teeth?
Over time, many men and women notice that their teeth are not as bright or as vibrant as they used to be. There can be a number of factors that contribute to this. In some cases, poor dental hygiene or subpar dietary choices can cause the teeth to become stained or discolored. In other instances, it may be simple wear and tear. In any case, we are pleased to provide treatments that can restore your teeth to a more youthful, healthy appearance.
Natural Aging Process
With time, the outer layer of enamel can be worn down, revealing the natural color of dentin that lies underneath. This typically results in teeth that look slightly discolored.
Poor Dental Hygiene
Plaque and other stain-inducing substances can quickly accumulate on your teeth, especially if you are not consistent about brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis.
Consumption of Certain Drinks
There are a number of beverages that, when consumed too frequently, can stain your teeth. Some examples include cola, coffee, tea, and even red wine.
Tobacco products can stain the teeth, leaving them to look dirty or discolored. This can happen not just with cigarettes, but also with chewing tobacco.
The teeth can become discolored due to any disease that erodes the tooth enamel. Diabetes and different forms of oral cancer are common examples of this.
Certain medical treatments can have a negative or corrosive effect on your tooth enamel. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and certain antibiotics can lead to stained teeth.
Genetics can also be a factor; some people simply have naturally stronger, thicker enamel than others. Other potential factors include trauma or misuse of fluoride.
The Benefits of Getting Your Teeth Whitened at Snow Family Dentistry
At Snow Family Dentistry, we are passionate about helping our patients look and feel their best. For many patients, that means teeth whitening, allowing them to feel more confident in their smile and in their overall oral health.
When you come in for teeth whitening, the first thing you want to ensure is that you will see results. We provide treatments that are tested and proven to be effective, and to offer outcomes superior to what you would get from over-the-counter products.
In addition, we provide our patients with comfort and convenience, ensuring a satisfactory experience whether through in-office or at-home teeth whitening procedures.
When you choose Snow Family Dentistry for your teeth whitening needs, you can feel confident that you are getting treatments that have been thoroughly vetted to ensure maximum effectiveness. We guarantee that you will see visible results from your treatment, resulting in whiter teeth and greater confidence in your smile.
Safe and Comfortable Treatment
In all of our treatments, we ensure that our patients feel completely at ease. During your treatment, you may choose from our comfort menu, whether that means getting a blanket or enjoying one of your favorite shows while the treatment takes place. The treatments we use are also completely safe, both to your teeth and to your health overall.
Helps Kill Bacteria (Healthier Mouth)
We are eager to help our patients enjoy vibrant, beautiful smiles. At the same time, we want to ensure that our teeth whitening services promote overall dental health and oral hygiene. Specifically, our treatments help eradicate bacteria in the mouth, resulting in an overall healthier mouth and lower risk of tooth decay or periodontal disease.
Increases Self-Esteem and Confidence
One of the first things you notice about someone is their smile. When your own smile is discolored, or simply less vivid than it could be, it can take a bite out of your sense of self-esteem. Through teeth whitening at Snow Family Dentistry, you can remove any obstacles to a fully confident smile.
How Much Does It Cost to Have My Teeth Whitened?
One of the most common questions about teeth whitening is how much it costs. There is no one set answer to this question. The total cost varies depending on a number of factors, including the type of treatment (in-office or at-home). Additionally, depending on the severity of the staining and discoloration, some patients may require different treatments than others.
Generally speaking, teeth whitening may cost anywhere from $200 to $500. The best way to determine the cost of having your teeth whitened is to visit us at Snow Family Dentistry, where we would love to sit down with you, discuss your dental needs and goals and provide a more individualized quote.
Is Teeth Whitening Covered by My Insurance?
Related to the question of cost is the question of insurance coverage. Most dental insurance plans do not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening. Such procedures are designed purely to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and are not considered to be medically necessary. The vast majority of our patients pay for teeth whitening out of pocket. We are pleased to provide information about the financing options offered at Snow Family Dentistry.
Meet Dr. Snow
Born and raised in Mesa, AZ, Dr. Dallin R. Snow has been practicing dentistry since 2014. His passion for becoming a dentist began as he watched his father, the founder of Snow Family Dentistry, provide expert care for patients. Through this example, the young Dr. Snow became eager to help his own patients develop bright, healthy smiles, and to instill them with real self-confidence. Dr. Snow is a member of the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Academy of LDS Dentists.
What to Expect When Getting My Teeth Whitened: The In-Office Treatment Process
For patients who wish to see results as quickly as possible, the best approach is typically to join us at Snow Family Dentistry for an in-office treatment. We are happy to consult with you before the treatment to tell you more about what the process entails, and also to help set expectations for your teeth whitening results.
Before you can have your teeth whitening, it is important to sit down with Dr. Snow in a private, relaxed environment, where you can explain your goals and Dr. Snow can perform a brief evaluation. Not only is this helpful for determining which type of treatment you need, but it also allows us to create custom trays, ensuring the proper distribution of whitening bleach.
How Long Does the Teeth Whitening Session Usually Take?
For those who choose to have their teeth whitened in-office, the average duration of a treatment is around 90 minutes. This can vary depending on the individual. During this treatment, our office staff will do everything possible to ensure your time with us is completely comfortable. Be sure to ask about items on our comfort menu.
How Soon Before I Notice Results?
One of the best parts of in-office teeth whitening is that results will be evident almost immediately. You will leave our office with a brighter smile and hopefully a bolstered sense of self-confidence, too. Also, note that these initial effects may increase over time, meaning your smile may continue to brighten.
Are There Any Similar Alternatives to In-Office Teeth Whitening Treatment?
While in-office teeth whitening offers the fullest and fastest results, some patients may prefer the comfort and convenience of having their teeth whitened at home.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Treatment Process
At-home teeth whitening can provide noticeable results, and Snow Family Dentistry provides patients with methods that far surpass those available over the counter. After consulting with us about at-home teeth whitening, you will leave our office with all the supplies you need to whiten your teeth yourself, including bleach and thorough directions from Dr. Snow.
Create Mold Teeth Whitening Tray
During your consultation, we will take measurements of your mouth and create a molded tray that is customized to your mouth. This makes it easier for you to ensure the proper bleach exposure for each tooth, preventing “splotchy” effects.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Unlike in-office treatments, at-home teeth whitening may not yield immediate results. The length of time required to see a brighter smile can vary from patient to patient, but generally, you can anticipate results in 10 to 14 days. As with our in-office treatments, at-home teeth whitening is guaranteed to deliver results when administered properly.
What is the Cost?
One of the most significant advantages of at-home teeth whitening is that it is less expensive than in-office treatments. The specific amount may vary, but most patients will be able to get their at-home teeth whitening supplies for a few hundred dollars. Schedule a consultation with us to receive a more specific quote.
After Teeth Whitening Treatment
Teeth whitening is a completely non-surgical procedure, so there is no need for a “recovery” once your treatment is complete. Some patients report that their teeth are slightly sensitive for a day or two following treatment; if you experience this, our best recommendation is to make whatever dietary modifications you need to avoid any slight discomfort. This side effect subsides on its own.
Following teeth whitening treatment at Snow Family Dentistry, there are some basic steps all patients can take to ensure they get the best possible results and that their teeth remain clean, white, and stain-free. We recommend brushing and flossing carefully. Additionally, minimize exposure to those foods and drinks that stain the teeth, such as fruits, coffee, tea, and soda. This is especially critical during the first 24 hours, when we would recommend abstaining from these foods and drinks completely. Ask us any additional aftercare questions to ensure proper care for your newly whitened teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
At Snow Family Dentistry, it is important to us that our patients always feel completely informed about any treatments they receive. We welcome any inquiries you have about teeth whitening.
How Long Do the Teeth Whitening Effects Last?
The effects of professional teeth whitening should last a good long while. Over time, it is natural for some of the tooth enamel to decay, which may result in some slight fading. On average, our patients do not see any sign of this for at least two years, and sometimes more than 10.
Does Getting Your Teeth Whitened Hurt?
Some patients have teeth that are naturally sensitive to peroxide, which may result in some slight discomfort during the treatment. Additionally, this may make the teeth sensitive for a day or two after the procedure, especially when consuming certain foods or beverages. For many patients, however, this process brings no discomfort at all.
Does Getting Your Teeth Whitened Damage Tooth Enamel?
At Snow Family Dentistry, we want you to feel totally confident in your white, vibrant smile. At the same time, it is important to us that all patients maintain optimal dental health. We do not use any teeth whitening products or techniques that erode the enamel or damage the teeth in any way.
How Old Do I Have to Be to Get My Teeth Whitened?
Teeth whitening can be performed as soon as all permanent teeth have developed and set. The specific age can vary from one patient to the next, but generally, patients are eligible for teeth whitening as young as 13 or 14. If you are unsure about whether your child is a good candidate for teeth whitening, we welcome you to contact us.
Should I Really Get My Teeth Whitened?
The decision to get professional teeth whitening is ultimately a personal one. If you love your smile the way it is, and do not feel like your teeth are significantly stained or faded, then by all means continue to smile with confidence! If you are troubled by visible discoloration of your teeth, and if stains on your pearly whites make you less likely to flash a grin, that is when we encourage you to learn more about teeth whitening at Snow Family Dentistry.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Snow at Snow Family Dentistry
At Snow Family Dentistry, we are eager to help our patients look their best, feel fully confident, and enjoy the highest standards of oral hygiene. To learn more about your options for achieving a brighter, healthier smile, contact Snow Family Dentistry. Come talk to Dr. Snow about your options for teeth whitening.