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Teeth Whitening – Portland, OR

Say Goodbye to Dental Stains & Discoloration

Portland teeth Whitening man looking at his bright white smileA 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.

Causes of Dental Discoloration

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Patients can experience varying levels of dental discoloration with a variety of causes, including:

In-Office Teeth Whitening

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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.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

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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.

Benefits of Professional 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:

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Don't keep wasting money on ineffective OTC whitening products. Contrary to what you might have heard, professional whitening treatments are affordable for people from all walks of life. Various factors affect the cost of teeth whitening in Portland, but we strive to keep a white, confident smile within everyone's budget. We have the solutions you need to revamp your pearly whites without breaking the bank.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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No two mouths or situations are the same, which is why there’s no flat fee for teeth whitening. Many things will affect the amount you'll pay, like any preparatory procedures. Your teeth and gums must be healthy, so it's not uncommon to require a dental checkup and cleaning. The type and severity of staining will also influence the cost, as well as the treatment method you choose.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

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You have more than one option for teeth whitening in Portland. After examining your mouth and learning more about your goals, you may be a candidate for:

  • In-Office Teeth Whitening: A protective barrier is placed on your lips and gums before a professional-grade whitening agent is applied to your teeth. A special dental light activates the whitening agents to dissolve stains. Your teeth can get up to 8 shades whiter in about 1 hour.
  • Take-Home Teeth Whitening: Your dentist can give you everything you need to achieve in-office results from the comfort of your home. You’ll use the kit for about 2 weeks to whiten your teeth gradually.

Inexpensive Teeth Whitening vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

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OTC whitening products can cause adverse reactions if you have any untreated dental issues. They don't contain professional strength whitening agents, so any results you achieve will be minimal and short-term. This can easily lead to overusing whitening products, which can damage your enamel. Visiting a dentist reduces the risk of preventive problems while safely whitening your teeth. Your results can last for several months to years with the right aftercare, like brushing and flossing.

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

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Our office offers many options to keep a radiant smile affordable, including:

  • Traditional Payments: We accept all traditional payment methods, including cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • Special Offers: We routinely offer various specials, like free teeth whitening for new patients after a dental cleaning.
  • In-House Membership Plan: Benefit from discounted rates for common services after joining our in-house membership plan.
  • Monthly Payments: Pay any out-of-pocket costs using monthly installments with little or no interest through third-party financing.
  • Dental Insurance: It's rare for dental insurance to cover elective procedures, but there may be exceptions. A member of our team will help you maximize any applicable benefits.

Everyone deserves to have a confident smile without costing an arm or a leg. We will help you achieve your best smile at affordable rates. Contact our office today if you have any questions about your payment options.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

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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.

Will My Teeth Be Sensitive After 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.

Do I Need to Follow a Specific Diet After Teeth Whitening?

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.

Can My Teen Get Their Teeth Whitened?

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.

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

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!

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