Teeth Whitening – Denton, TX

Brightening Stained and Discolored Teeth

Friends sharing bright smiles after teeth whitening

Dull or dingy-colored teeth can certainly put a damper on your smile over time. It's a common misconception that healthy teeth will always look perfectly clean and white - in fact, many of the causes of discoloring are completely out of a person's control, no matter how often or thoroughly they brush and floss! Of course, knowing that doesn't help your self-esteem. Dr. Dunson and his staff understand your frustration; that's why we're happy to offer teeth whitening treatment at our dental office. With the help of the new and improved Zoom2! Teeth Whitening from our Denton, TX, cosmetic dentist, you can enjoy immediate, stunning results in just one appointment, leaving you with a new and improved look you’ll be thrilled to share with the world!

Why Choose Southridge Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for Teeth Whitening?

  • Trustworthy, Fast In-Office Whitening
  • Convenient Take-Home Whitening
  • An Experienced, Caring Team

Who is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

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Discoloration can happen for a variety of reasons. Some are obvious, but others may surprise you! Stains often occur because of:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • The consumption of certain foods and beverages (blueberries, red wine, coffee, etc.)
  • Certain medications, as well as chemotherapy and radiation
  • Tobacco use

Our Denton dental office is happy to answer any questions about the state of your teeth. After an evaluation with Dr. Dunson, we can determine whether our teeth whitening treatment will benefit your smile. Most patients with yellowed or dulled teeth can benefit from this cosmetic solution; however, if any signs of decay, gum disease, or cavities exist, we’ll need to perform preliminary treatment before helping you achieve a whiter, brighter smile.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

At-home teeth whitening

There are different types of teeth whitening that are available. When considering professional options, you can select in-office treatment or take-home kits. Both offer beautiful results, so it’s ultimately up to you as to how you want to achieve a brighter smile.

At Southridge Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide three unique products for teeth whitening: Zoom2!, BOOST, and Opalescence Boost.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Typically, take-home teeth whitening involves receiving custom trays with pre-filled bleaching gel. You’ll be required to wear them a certain amount of time each day so that you can see whiter teeth in about two weeks.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening involves creating a barrier around your teeth so that none of the bleaching solution seeps into your gum tissues. We’ll then apply the agent to your teeth so that the ingredients penetrate the enamel and begin to eliminate stains and discoloration from the surface and into the dentin layer.

Zoom2! Teeth Whitening Treats Teeth Quickly

Woman with red hair smiling after Zoom2! Teeth Whitening

The procedure is simple enough. After confirming that your teeth and gums are healthy, we'll apply the Zoom2! light-activated gel. This formulated, pH-balanced solution, when activated by the Zoom2! light, will gently and thoroughly penetrate your teeth to remove stubborn stains.

Zoom2! Whitening is the perfect solution for patients who need noticeable results quickly; in fact, the entire treatment takes less than one hour to complete! Even better, the new Zoom2! system leaves teeth far less sensitive than the traditional Zoom! method, resulting in a much more comfortable experience for our patients from Denton, TX, and beyond. As long as you follow a proper oral hygiene routine and occasionally undergo touch-ups at home with take-home gel that we'll gladly provide, you'll have a beautifully white smile that will last for years to come!

BOOST Teeth Whitening Helps Your Smile Shine

Young man pleased with his smile after BOOST Whitening

Our dedicated team at Southridge Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is now happy to offer another teeth whitening option for patients in Denton, TX, who are hoping to experience a brighter look: BOOST Whitening!

The procedure starts with a short preparation where we’ll securely cover your lips and gums, leaving only your pearly whites exposed. We’ll then apply the BOOST Whitening Gel, which is designed to be used in conjunction with a specially designed light. These tools work together to penetrate your teeth, breaking up and removing stains and discoloration. With the help of BOOST, you can expect to experience stronger tooth enamel and decreased sensitivity, as well as a reduced risk of cavities. Better yet, the results you receive from the treatment can last for a lifetime, as long as you take care of your teeth with a proper take-home oral hygiene routine and come into our Denton dental office for occasional touch-ups.

Opalescence Teeth Whitening: A Brighter, More Luminous Smile in One Hour!

Happy couple smiling after receiving Opalescence Whitening

Always one step ahead when it comes to the most advanced dental technology in the industry, Southridge Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to offer our patients the revolutionary effectiveness of Opalescence Boost in-office teeth whitening. After a single treatment and only one hour in our family-friendly dental office, you can enjoy the full benefits of a radiant, confident, naturally white smile.

Opalescence teeth whitening at Southridge Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry not only dramatically improves the appearance of your smile but can actually help strengthen it as well. PF (a combination of potassium nitrate and fluoride) is a key ingredient in Opalescence Boost and has been shown to both reduce sensitivity and fortify tooth enamel. Rather than merely whitening your teeth, Dr. Dunson can help you improve your overall oral health with this simple, one-hour cosmetic treatment.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

Girl with brighter teeth

No matter which type of teeth whitening you choose, you can expect to see a brighter smile that will help you to feel more confident in your appearance. But if you want your results to last as long as possible, you’ll need to make sure that you:

  • Maintain optimal oral hygiene at home each day to avoid surface stains
  • Keep your six-month checkups and cleanings with Dr. Dunson
  • Limit your consumption of dark-colored beverages and foods
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco products
  • Limit your alcohol consumption
  • Wear a custom nightguard if you struggle with bruxism, as teeth grinding can wear down tooth enamel and cause discoloration to show beneath the dentin layer

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening 

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If teeth whitening is your first foray into cosmetic dentistry, you might naturally be a little bit concerned about the prospect of paying for your dental care without insurance. Thankfully, teeth whitening doesn’t necessarily have to pressure on your pocketbook.

We’ll be able to give you more specific advice about the cost of whitening treatment when we meet you in person, but here’s what you should know before then.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

before and after of teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is typically offered at a set price, but the total amount that you pay will vary slightly depending on how many rounds of whitening you actually need. If you’re dealing with extreme discoloration, or if you’re dealing with intrinsic discoloration as opposed to extrinsic.

You should also think about whether there are any treatments you’ll need before your whitening, like fillings or dental crowns, that could add to the overall cost.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

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The main thing that will affect the cost of your overall teeth whitening is which style you use. If you decide to go through our office, you can take advantage of either in-office or take-home teeth whitening. In-office is a bit more expensive, costing anywhere between $400-1000, but has be benefit of being completed within just one appointment. Take home whitening takes longer but is more affordable, running you a few hundred dollars.

As you may know, there are also over-the-counter methods of teeth whitening. They’re cheaper in every sense; they tend to be less effective, but it’s usually possible to get an over-the-counter whitening kit for around $100.

Fast Teeth Whitening VS Inexpensive Teeth Whitening

teeth whitening solution poured into a tray

It’s worth pointing out that you get what you pay for in terms of teeth whitening. Trying to brighten your smile without professional assistance means that you’re using whitening solution that isn’t tuned to you. It’s likely to be weaker than what you’d get from us, so you’ll either wind up with subpar results or overuse the solution in an attempt to actually whiten your teeth.

No matter what the prices are, if a whitening solution doesn’t work it’s not worth paying anything for it.

Options For Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

piggy bank on a calculator

Since teeth whitening is unlikely to be covered by dental insurance, you may want to pursue other options for making your care more affordable. Thankfully we have financing services available that may potentially help you budget for the services you receive from us.

We often work with CareCredit, offers low-to-no interest financing for patients who qualify. If you have questions about this or any other financial option available to you, give us a call and we’d be happy to talk to you.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

What’s the Difference Between Professional and Store-Bought Teeth Whitening?

Are you curious why professional teeth whitening treatments are worth the investment? Well, there is more than one reason! To start, over-the-counter products use one-size-fits-all applicators, which allows the whitening agents (albeit, diluted whitening agents) to spread to your gums and throughout your mouth. Furthermore, store-bought kits don’t take your unique dental needs into account, including if you have a cavity or what’s causing the stains to surface. Simply put, it’s worth investing your time and money in professional treatments that are reliable, custom, and can whiten your teeth by eight shades or more.

Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?

Depending on how well you care for your smile, your results can last for anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years. In other words, teeth whitening isn’t permanent, but you can keep your teeth nice and white if you adopt habits like using a straw to drink your coffee, brushing your teeth after each meal, and not using tobacco products. You can also get touch-up whitening treatments as needed to ensure yellow, brown, and grey stains don’t resurface quickly.

Is Teeth Whitening Expensive?

Teeth whitening is actually one of the most affordable cosmetic dental services, especially when compared to treatments like veneers. If you’re interested in getting an estimate of the price, then don’t hesitate to reach out to our Denton dental team to schedule a consultation. At this visit, we’ll learn about your specific dental needs and smile goals before providing you with an estimate.

Note: If you’re on a budget, ask us about CareCredit! With this trusted third-party financier, you can space out the cost of your care over the course of several months instead of having to pay for the entire price in one lump sum.

Does Teeth Whitening Damage Enamel?

Good news: teeth whitening does not damage healthy enamel. Of course, if you have a cavity, then the chemicals can cause problems and negatively impact your oral health. That’s why it’s so important that you consult a dental professional instead of using at-home remedies like activated charcoal and hydrogen peroxide.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Treatment Take?

The length of your treatment plan will depend largely on if you choose the in-office or take-home route. It’s also important that we mention that your smile goals will also play a role. For example, if you only want to lighten your teeth by a shade or two, the results will come faster. If, on the other hand, you want to dramatically change the color of your teeth, then multiple treatments may be needed.