A Brighter smile is on many wish lists, but too many patients waste time and money on store bought teeth whitening solutions that have little to no impact on their smiles. Don’t invest unnecessary time in these ineffective teeth whitening treatments. Instead, call RiverPlace Dental to find out more about professional teeth whitening options from skilled, Portland cosmetic dentist, Megan McInnis, DDS. Dr. McInnis and her dedicated team offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening solutions that deliver flawless, beautiful results up to ten shades brighter for some patients.
Patients can experience varying levels of dental discoloration with a variety of causes, including:
For patients who want to quickly and predictably achieve flawless, bright white results, in-office teeth whitening may be the best option. These treatments are safe, simple, and effective. We protect soft tissue using rubber shields. Then, we apply a thin coating of professional grade whitening gel and allow it to work for about twenty minutes. After the first twenty minutes, we’ll examine the results, and we can reapply as necessary to achieve the desired brightness. In most cases, patients receive their desired results in three twenty minute applications or fewer. Depending on the individual patient, teeth can be brightened up to ten shades.
Unlike store bought teeth whitening kits that use one size fits all application trays and low doses of active whitening agents, our professional take-home teeth whitening kits offer treatment using custom crafted application trays and professional doses of active whitening agent. When applied for about half an hour each day, patients can achieve the same results possible with in-office whitening over the course of ten to fourteen days of treatments. Take-home whitening is a great option for patients with sensitive teeth, and they are also helpful to periodically touch up the results of in-office teeth whitening.
Not cosmetic dentistry solution is right for every patient. That’s why we partner with patients to create a personalized treatment plan to meet their needs. If you do decide that professional teeth whitening at RiverPlace Dental is right for you, you’ll experience numerous benefits, including:
Are you interested in brightening your smile, but still have a few questions? At RiverPlace Dental, we always want you to feel confident and comfortable when choosing how to take care of your smile. Your Portland cosmetic dentist Dr. McInnis will take the time to listen to your goals, understand your concerns, and fully explain all your options during your initial consultation. Until then, we invite you to take a look at the following list of some of the most common questions we receive about teeth whitening.
You’ve probably heard stories about store-bought dental whiteners causing painfully sensitive teeth and irritated gums. Thankfully, there’s no need to worry about discomfort when you leave brightening your smile to an experienced professional like Dr. McInnis. Before your treatment, she’ll carefully inspect your mouth for any hidden issues like tooth decay or gum disease that may cause a whitening treatment to feel uncomfortable. When the time comes to brighten your smile, your gum tissue will be protected with a rubber dam as a personalized dose of professional bleaching agent is applied to your teeth. If you’re using an at-home whitening kit, you’ll use custom-made trays and carefully measured whitener. A highly personalized treatment significantly reduces your risk of sensitivity. Any slight discomfort you feel afterwards should quickly clear up on its own in no time.
Whitening treatments open the pores in your enamel to lift the discoloration underneath. This leaves them susceptible to new stains for a little while afterwards. We recommend avoiding highly pigmented snacks like berries, coffee, and soy sauce for at least 24-48 hours after your treatment. Instead, stick to lightly colored foods like chicken, plain yogurt, and white rice.
A discolored smile can take a huge toll on a person’s self-confidence, especially in their teenage years. Thankfully, professional teeth whitening treatments are a safe option for teens when administered by an experienced dentist like Dr. McInnis. She’ll discuss their goals and concerns during their initial consultation and ensure that teeth whitening is a good option for them. Typically, they’ll need to have all their permanent teeth before being a candidate for a whitening procedure.
Just like there is no one-size-fits-all approach to improving your smile, the cost of teeth whitening will depend on the specifics of your unique treatment, such as if you choose in-office or at-home options. We’ll go over your personalized estimate during your consultation. While most dental insurances don’t cover whitening treatments because it’s an elective service, our team members will be happy to help you find a solution for a brighter smile without breaking the bank! Aside from traditional methods, we also offer affordable financing through CareCredit.
Ready to get a dazzling set of pearly whites that you can’t wait to show off? Contact us today and start your journey towards the smile of your dreams!