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Teeth Whitening – Reno, NV

Achieve a Brilliantly White Smile

Making a good first impression always matters. Since your smile is one of the first aspects of your appearance that people notice, it’s important that you have a set of pearly whites you can be proud of. One of the most effective ways to achieve a brilliantly white smile is with professional teeth whitening in Reno. Here at Sage Dental Care, Drs. Josh Branco and Ah Young Kim offer quick in-office whitening as well as Ultradent take-home kits, depending on your personal preference. Call our office today and we can get you started on attaining the smile of your dreams!

How Take-Home Whitening Works

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Ultradent whitening kits allow you to brighten your smile from the comfort of your own home. First, you’ll visit our office and we’ll develop customized treatment trays based on impressions we take of your teeth. We’ll also give you a powerful bleaching gel that works exponentially better than any product you can find in stores or online. Simply fill the trays with the gel and wear them for a certain amount of time, usually about 30 minutes. While the trays are in, you can do virtually whatever you want, whether that’s catching up on your favorite TV series or putting away laundry. You should see clear, gorgeous results after just a few days.

How In-Office Whitening Works

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For patients who want to drastically change their smile in just one appointment, we also offer in-office whitening. Before applying a powerful whitening gel to your teeth, we’ll protect your gum tissue from irritation with a dental dam. A special ultraviolet light is pointed at your teeth, which activates the gel. The stain molecules on your enamel are dissolved so that when the gel is wiped off, the stains disappear too! We can repeat this process a few times until you’re satisfied with the results. This usually takes an hour or less.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

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It may be tempting to save money by purchasing cheap whitening products from the drugstore, but more often than not, they won’t provide the lasting, beautiful results you want. This is because store-bought products typically don’t contain enough of the bleaching ingredients you need to effectively remove stains. Not to mention, the trays aren’t custom-made for your unique teeth, so the gel can easily irritate your gums, tongue, lips, or cheeks. It may also result in painful sensitivity.

Instead, it’s much better to seek professional teeth whitening from your dentist in Reno. The gel is potent enough to penetrate the enamel and break up tough stains. Your soft tissues will be protected from the gel, avoiding irritation. Also, the gel is specially formulated to minimize sensitivity. Lastly, your results will look more dramatic and should last much longer!

How to Maintain Your Results

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You can expect your results to last for several months or even years as long as you’re proactive about your oral health. Practice regular brushing and flossing at home and attend dental checkups and cleanings every six months. It also helps to avoid consuming darkly pigmented foods and drinks for a few days after your treatment, as your teeth will be more porous and therefore more susceptible to discoloration.

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening typically has a set cost, but in certain cases where you may require multiple sessions, you can expect pricing to vary. Read below to learn some of the factors that can influence your treatment to get a better idea of what you can expect. If you have questions about financing through CareCredit or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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There are three main factors that can impact the cost of teeth whitening in Reno, including:

  • The Severity of Discoloration: The less noticeable and extensive the discoloration is, the less costly your treatment will likely be. For patients with deep-seated staining, we may recommend coming in for multiple sessions in order to achieve the best results.
  • Required Preparatory Treatments: To ensure you’ll be able to enjoy your results, it’s important that your oral health is in good standing before receiving cosmetic dentistry. That means, if you have any lingering cavities or gum disease, you’ll need to address these before beginning teeth whitening.
  • Whether You Have Restorations: Dental restorations like crowns, veneers, and bonding won’t whiten with the rest of your teeth. So, if you want to evenly brighten your smile, you’ll need to replace your dental work alongside your teeth whitening treatment.

The Cost of Different Types of Teeth Whitening

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There are several different tiers of teeth whitening that patients resort to based on the quality of results they’re looking for and pricing. These include:

  • In-office professional teeth whitening, which can cost between $400 and $800.
  • Take-home professional whitening kits, which include customized trays and professional-grade whitening gel to use at home and can cost a few hundred dollars.
  • Store-bought trays that you can find in most supermarkets, typically costing $100 or less.
  • Strips, gels, and whitening toothpastes, which can range between $7 and $40.

Store-Bought vs. Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

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Although there are less expensive whitening options available besides professional-grade treatment, these often don’t provide the impressive results that they advertise. In addition, overuse of store-bought products can result in issues like enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity.

With professional-grade whitening, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’re using products correctly because they’ll be administered by a trained cosmetic dentist. The products our team uses are also ADA-approved, meaning you won’t face any unintended consequences of treatment, like enamel erosion.

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

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If you’ve been longing for a brighter smile but are worried you can’t afford it, we recommend seeing if you qualify for little-to-no interest financing through CareCredit. This will allow you to split the price of treatment into smaller monthly payments that you can incorporate into your monthly budget.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

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From how long the treatment process takes to how to make the cost more affordable, it’s common for patients considering professional teeth whitening to have questions. Fortunately, we’re here to help! To find the answers you’re looking for, you can reach out to our team at Sage Dental directly, or you can keep reading to learn the answers to FAQs about teeth whitening.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Treatment Take?

That depends; which type of teeth whitening treatment did you choose? One of the benefits of in-office whitening treatments is that they deliver noticeable results in just an hour. Take-home whitening treatments, on the other hand, take a few weeks. The good news is that regardless of the option you pick, you can have peace of mind knowing that professional treatments are significantly more reliable and can provide you with the bright smile you desire considerably faster than anything you’ll find at your local store.

Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?

Sadly, the answer is “no.” Typically, the results last for anywhere from a few months to several years. Although the exact lifespan depends largely on how well you care for your smile. That’s why we encourage our patients to be proactive: brush twice a day, floss daily, use a straw when drinking dark-colored beverages, and visit us biannually for a checkup and cleaning.

Is Professional Teeth Whitening Worth the Cost?

The answer is a resounding yes! There are a few reasons for this. To start, professional whitening treatments consider the health of your teeth and gums, ensuring that the health and function of your smile aren’t compromised during the treatment process. Furthermore, our in-office and take-home options are customized to your specific dental needs and smile goals. Over-the-counter options, on the other hand, use one-size-fits-all applicators and diluted whitening gels. Last, but most certainly not least, treatments administered by your dentist can lighten your teeth by eight shades or more. Store-bought kits can maybe lighten your teeth a shade or two.

How Can I Reduce the Cost of Teeth Whitening?

If you want to remove stubborn stains but you’re a bit concerned about the cost, don’t hesitate to talk to our team directly – we’re here to help you! We welcome flexible financing with CareCredit, which is a trusted third-party financier. Simply put, this ensures you don’t have to pay for the entire cost of your teeth whitening treatment upfront. Instead, you can space-out your payments over the course of several months. That way, you can pursue your smile goals without putting a pinch on your wallet.

Does Teeth Whitening Work on Dental Crowns?

No, professional teeth whitening treatments will not lighten the shade of your dental crown. While your natural teeth have enamel, restorations are crafted from materials like porcelain. Not only will whitening treatments not work, but they can potentially weaken the bond your restoration has with the underlying tooth. That’s why patients who are unhappy with the color of their dental crown may need to simply have a new one made.

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