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Teeth Whitening – Lockport, IL

We Create Brighter Smiles

Brighter teeth can be achievable with the help of Grand Dental – Lockport. Offering take-home whitening solutions to make more beautiful smiles possible, easy, and more convenient, our team can oversee the process and provide what you need to see whiter results in less time. If you think professional teeth whitening is what you need to feel good about your smile, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Who is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Person with discolored teeth

There are a few different things our cosmetic dentist will look at when conducting a scheduled consultation:

In situations where decay, gum disease, or cavities are evident, we’ll need to perform essential services to ensure that your mouth is in the best possible condition. This will allow your teeth whitening process to go more smoothly and create longer-lasting results.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

At-home teeth whitening

At Grand Dental – Lockport, teeth whitening can be an easy and convenient way to boost your appearance and confidence. With take-home trays and bleaching gel that makes it more convenient, you’ll be eager to start the process.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Opalescence is the system we use to brighten teeth. Complete with customized whitening trays that are created from impressions taken of your teeth, we will equip you with high-grade bleaching gel that you’ll insert into the trays each time you wear them. For a specific amount of time each day, you’ll wear these trays, allowing the whitening agent to penetrate the enamel and eliminate stains above and below the gumline. In just two weeks, you can expect to see dramatically improved results.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

Woman showing off whiter smile

Keeping your teeth as white as possible requires some responsibility on your part. You’ll need to take proper care of your newer, whiter smile if you want the results to last. While it’s no secret that teeth whitening isn’t permanent, you will need to seek touch-up treatment if you want to enjoy a whiter smile for longer.

Until then, though, you can adopt good oral hygiene habits and continue to see our team for regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings every six months. You can also eat healthier, more nutritious foods as well as give up smoking and other unhealthy habits.

Your dentist can also provide additional ways to keep your teeth shining bright, so don’t hesitate to ask the next time you visit our office.

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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It might seem as if teeth whitening should have a standard price; however, it cannot because of how different each person's smile is. While you may only have unsightly surface stains, another person may struggle with deep, set-in discoloration. After a thorough consultation with a member of our Grand Dental – Lockport team, we will determine the estimated cost of teeth whitening as well as go over available payment options so that you are fully prepared when starting treatment.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

before and after teeth whitening

The only way to know how much you can expect the cost of your teeth whitening to be is with a complete consultation. It is during this visit that you can expect us to look at your existing smile and make note of your stains. Not only will we determine the severity of your discoloration, but we’ll also look for any signs of tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease. If found, we will need to administer appropriate treatment before starting to whiten your teeth.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

take-home whitening trays and gel

There are many different teeth whitening options available, some of which prove worthy of an investment and others that do not.

Based on your preferences and budget, you may opt for one of the following:

  • In-Office Teeth Whitening: This can range between $400-$500.
  • Professional Take-Home Trays: These can range between $200-$300.
  • Store-Bought Trays: Those you’ll find over the counter can run you about $100.
  • Gels, Pens, Strips: These “fast and effective” solutions can be between $20-$30.

It’s natural to want to save money when pursuing any kind of dental treatment; however, cheaper is not always better. You will notice a dramatic difference should you first try store-bought solutions and then switch to professional take-home trays. The quality you receive with the help of a trusted cosmetic dentist is well worth the financial investment.

Fast Teeth Whitening VS Inexpensive Teeth Whitening

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While you shouldn’t need to wait months before seeing a whiter smile, you should not expect to see brighter, whiter teeth in 24 hours. High-quality, professional take-home whitening from Grand Dental – Lockport typically takes about two weeks for the results to show. Attempting to hurry the process with excessive whitening will only put your teeth and gums at risk of damage.

While many store-bought options promise results in less time, you’ll likely be unhappy with what you see because of how uneven it looks. Not to mention, these products tend to only remove some surface stains. If you want a more thorough job, make sure that you see your cosmetic dentist for help.

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

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Since teeth whitening is unlikely to be covered by dental insurance, you have two options:

  • Apply for flexible financing: Through CareCredit or Alphaeon Credit, you can pay off your treatment over time instead of all upfront.
  • Grand Advantage Plan: By enrolling in one of our in-house membership plans, you can pay one low fee and receive valuable discounts on available treatments provided in our Lockport dental office.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

When contemplating teeth whitening to brighten your smile, you might wonder if pain or sensitivity will be part of the process. Many of the over-the-counter products sold at local drugstores can cause discomfort when attempting to eat or drink anything hot or cold; however, professional teeth whitening is different.

Using high-grade bleaching products, our team at Grand Dental - Lockport carefully oversees the process to ensure that you're equipped with the appropriate instructions for achieving a brighter smile the safe way.

While there may be some slight sensitivity after undergoing treatment, it should be temporary and dissipate within a few days.

How Can I Make My Teeth Whitening Results Last?

Keeping your teeth white requires that you commit to taking care of your smile after having your teeth whitened. Since professional treatment is not permanent, you will need to make sure that you:

  • Practice good oral hygiene at home, including brushing twice a day (at least), flossing at least once before bed, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • Keep your regular six-month dental checkups and cleanings with our dental team.
  • Limit the consumption of dark-colored beverages and foods that can easily stain teeth.
  • Stop smoking and using tobacco products.
  • Seek touch-ups when you notice that your results are beginning to fade.

Is It Safe to Undergo Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is a safe form of cosmetic treatment that you can expect to deliver exceptional results as long as you are seeing a trusted and licensed cosmetic dentist. At Grand Dental - Lockport, our team of professionals have the advanced training and knowledge to brighten teeth using high-quality bleaching gel and customized trays.

We will provide you with the necessary products and detailed instructions so that you know everything you need to do to take proper care of your teeth before, during, and after whitening treatment.

Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?

Unfortunately, no, teeth whitening is not a permanent cosmetic solution. Instead, to maintain your results, you'll need to perform touch-ups every so often. How frequent these touch-ups occur is ultimately based on how well you take care of your teeth after having them whitened. In most cases, you can expect your results to stick around for several months, but this can be shortened or last longer depending on your commitment to maintenance.