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Teeth Whitening – Lake Zurich, IL

A Faster Way to a Brighter Smile

Tooth stains can form for many reasons – dark-colored beverages, genetics, fluorosis, certain medications, smoking, etc. While it might take time for them to form, once they do, you may find yourself looking for a fast and effective solution. At Grand Dental - Lake Zurich, our team of professionals can deliver long-lasting results that eliminate stains and boost your smile’s appearance using teeth whitening . Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist.

Who is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

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Unlike other cosmetic solutions that are available, teeth whitening is often a good option for anyone who wants to enhance their appearance. Although it is safe to use and highly effective, it does require a scheduled consultation with a member of our team before moving forward.

When examining your smile, we will determine if there are any small signs of decay or cavities that might exist. We’ll also check for gum disease. If your oral health needs improvement, we will administer appropriate treatment before teeth whitening is performed.

We’ll formulate a treatment plan and cost estimate to show you what you can expect when it comes to how we treat stains and discoloration as well as what you can expect to pay. We’ll also share special offers to help lower any out-of-pocket expenses you might incur.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

In-office teeth whitening system

Teeth whitening comes in various forms; however, at Grand Dental – Lake Zurich, we offer both in-office and take-home whitening. A clearer explanation of each is provided below:

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Using Opalescence take-home teeth whitening kits, we will provide you with customized trays made from impressions taken of your teeth. Combining them with high-grade bleaching gel, you will wear the trays a certain amount of time each day. Within two weeks, you can expect to see dramatic results.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

With Zoom teeth whitening, our professionals will apply the bleaching agent to your teeth before using a specialized blue light to activate the peroxide found inside the whitening solution. Stains and discoloration will be lifted with results showing in just one hour.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

Girl with brighter teeth

If you want your teeth to look brighter for longer, it’s important that you maintain your smile using these tips:

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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When it comes to brightening your smile, the cost of teeth whitening is not the same for everyone. You’ll first need to meet with one of our cosmetic dentists to determine whether you’re a candidate for treatment. Other additional factors will be considered before a breakdown of the cost can be shared with you. Although dental insurance will unlikely cover the cost, our team can discuss alternative ways for you to pay while keeping it affordable.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

Before and after teeth whitening

There are a few unique factors involved in determining how much your teeth whitening treatment will be, such as:

  • Additional Treatment – Before teeth whitening can be provided, we’ll need to administer preliminary services should we find instances of decay or gum disease.
  • Severity of Stains – Intrinsic or extrinsic stains will help us determine the severity of your case. If discoloration exists beneath the enamel’s surface, additional treatment may be required.
  • In-Office or Take-Home – Depending on your preference and candidacy, we will recommend either take-home or in-office teeth whitening.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

In-office teeth whitening

When it comes to teeth whitening, there are many different types you might consider, including:

  • If-Office Whitening: This can run between $400-$500 but can go as high as $1000.
  • Take-Home Professional Whitening: These custom trays can be crafted and used to brighten smiles for $200-$300.
  • Store-Bought Trays: These are not customized but instead one-size-fits-all, and they can run around $100.
  • Store-Bought Gels and Strips: These are the least expensive options, coming in at $20-$30.

Fast Teeth Whitening VS Inexpensive Teeth Whitening

Male patient preparing for professional whitening

It’s natural to think that whitening your teeth doesn’t have to require expensive products; however, this is far from the truth.

Inexpensive solutions can cause problems over time if you’re not careful. Not only is the risk of tooth sensitivity heightened but also, the likelihood that your whiter smile will be uneven increases. These products do not deliver the kind of results our team at Grand Dental – Lake Zurich can provide.

With professional whitening, whether in-office or as part of a take-home kit, you can see results in less time. While the investment might be more, the results will be worth the time, money, and effort and last much longer.

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

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At Grand Dental – Lake Zurich, we want to make teeth whitening an affordable solution for our patients, which is why we offer our Grand Advantage Plan. This makes it easy to enroll in our in-house membership program so that you can save on preventive services while also receiving discounts on all other forms of treatment.

We also partner with CareCredit and Alphaeon Credit, so you can apply for a low or no-interest payment plan and avoid the high upfront cost in the beginning.

Also, for a limited time, you can get Free Teeth Whitening for Life – a $500 value for patients who are clinically eligible for treatment.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

What is the difference between professional and store-bought teeth whitening?

While both are designed to eliminate stains and discoloration, they each work differently, producing different kinds of results.

Over-the-counter whitening kits use one-size-fits-all trays and bleaching agents that are diluted. Professional whitening customizes each patient’s experience so that smile goals are achieved.

A cosmetic dentist also begins by performing a thorough examination to ensure you are a good candidate for treatment. Your oral health (teeth and gums) as well as any existing restorations will be considered before moving forward. This is just part of the reason why professional teeth whitening is much safer than anything you might buy over the counter at your local drugstore.

Does teeth whitening damage enamel?

Generally, no, whitening gels will not damage your tooth enamel; however, some instances require careful thought. For example, if you have gum disease or tooth decay, it is possible that the ingredients found in whitening solutions can cause problems for your enamel. Also, if you try to use one of the many do-it-yourself whitening trends to brighten your teeth (i.e., activated charcoal, hydrogen peroxide), you may sustain further discoloration.

Seeing a trusted professional for this type of treatment will eliminate the overuse of whitening products and ensure that you receive a safer form of care in the long run.

Does teeth whitening work on dental crowns?

No, teeth whitening will not change the color of your dental crown. The reason is that these artificial teeth are not porous like regular enamel. It is also strongly discouraged, as the bonding agent used to hold the crown in place can be weakened if exposed to whitening gels. The good news is that you can take steps at home to keep your dental crowns brighter and more vibrant.

If you decide that you want your crown to match the rest of your whiter smile, the best course of action is to inquire about having a new dental crown made.

Is teeth whitening expensive?

Unlike veneers, gum recontouring, and other similar cosmetic services, teeth whitening is actually quite affordable. Completed in less time and requiring no anesthesia, the process can be cost-effective. However, you should not expect your dental insurance carrier to provide coverage for treatment. Considered a “luxury” form of care, insurers feel there is no need to help with the financial requirement. Instead, you will be required to pursue alternative payment methods like CareCredit Financing or an in-house membership program like our Grand Advantage Plan.

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