Teeth Whitening – Natick, MA

Get Rid of Dental Stains

Did you know that enamel is very porous? Your teeth can get stained and yellow-looking because your enamel absorbs pigments from food and drink. If you enjoy chocolate, cherries, curry, tea, or coffee, then it’s more likely you’ll have stained teeth. You can also get a dull smile from smoking or chewing tobacco, taking the antibiotic tetracycline, having cavities, enduring injury, or just getting older. If you tried over-the-counter teeth whitening products, such as toothpaste, rinses, strips, gels, or trays, without effective results, you may benefit from the professional-grade teeth whitening in Natick, MA offered by Papageorgiou Dental Associates. Feel free to reach out to us today to schedule your consultation!

Why Choose Papageorgiou Dental Associates for Teeth Whitening?

  • Multiple Options for Whitening
  • Team That Treats You Like Family
  • Convenient Saturday Appointments

Who’s a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Woman looking at bright smile after KoR teeth whitening

Nearly any patient that’s struggling with a stained or discolored smile can be eligible for teeth whitening in Natick. To be certain, however, you’ll want to visit our team for an initial consultation so that we can check your oral situation. If we detect any developing problems, we’ll have to treat them before moving forward with your personalized treatment plan for a brighter smile.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

a before and after shot of teeth whitening

During your appointment, our team will walk you through our two teeth whitening approaches: a take-home kit and the in-office procedure. Both are equally effective for providing amazing results, but their timeframes are different. Here’s what you can expect from them:

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

a person using a take-home teeth whitening kit

Papageorgiou Dental Associates also provides customized take-home teeth whitening kits. Brighten your smile in the convenience of your home with the Zoom teeth whitening system. We’ll provide you with custom-made trays and professional-grade bleaching gel to apply to your smile for a certain amount of time every day. After two weeks or less, you’ll be able to show off a beautiful white smile!

In-Office Teeth Whitening

a patient undergoing teeth whitening in Natick

At our Natick cosmetic dental office, we can also offer you Zoom in-office teeth whitening. This safe and effective method allows you to get the dazzling results you’re looking for in just a single visit! Patients from 14 to 90 can enjoy the benefits of this teeth whitening system, as long as they have good oral health and have any underlying issues addressed beforehand.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

a patient smiling after undergoing teeth whitening in Natick

After you’ve achieved your newly brightened pearly whites, you’ll want to make the most of your results. To preserve their look, try implementing the following tips:

  • Brush twice a day, floss daily (or after every meal), and rinse with mouthwash every day.
  • Avoid overindulging in dark-colored drinks and foods, like coffee, soda, and blueberries
  • Refrain from bad oral habits, such as fingernail biting, using teeth as tools, and smoking
  • Schedule routine checkups and cleanings with your dentist every six months

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

A balance beam holding a 3D model tooth and a pile of gold coins

You likely want to know teeth whitening’s price before you get it. After all, you can’t commit to a treatment if it exceeds your budget. Still, the cost of teeth whitening varies by patient. You’ll need to consult our dentists for an exact estimate. From there, our team will work to make your whitening procedure affordable. We’ll even walk you through the treatment’s cost factors and payment options. For more details, just keep reading or call us soon.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

A young woman picking the ideal shade for her whitening treatment

Teeth whitening almost always has a set price. Even so, there are factors that affect how many sessions you may need. Such elements include:

  • Severity of Stains – A whitening treatment will cost more when your smile is heavily stained. Naturally, tough stains will need many sessions to clear up.
  • Type of Stains – The type of tooth stains you suffer can impact treatment costs. For instance, extrinsic ones can be removed with just one session. Intrinsic stains (i.e., ones beneath your enamel) aren’t easily bleached away.
  • Extra Services – You may need extra procedures aside from whitening. (Crowns, fillings, etc.) If you do, the cost of your care will rise.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

A woman about to place a teeth whitening tray

There’s more than one kind of teeth whitening. The type you choose will greatly impact your procedure’s price. With that said, the whitening options are:

  • In-Office Teeth Whitening – Whitening often costs $400-$800 in an office setting. However, the price can reach $1,000 or more in some cases.
  • Take-Home Teeth Whitening – When provided by a dentist, a take-home whitening kit is usually a few hundred dollars. This cost reflects the kit’s custom trays and quality bleaching gel.
  • “Over-the-Counter” Teeth Whitening – Store-bought trays cost $100 or less. As you’d expect, they aren’t customized for your smile.
  • Teeth Whitening Strips/Gels – The type of tooth stains you suffer can impact treatment costs. For instance, extrinsic ones can be removed with just one session. Intrinsic stains (i.e., ones beneath your enamel) aren’t easily bleached away.

OTC Teeth Whitening vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

A woman placing gel on an OTC teeth whitening tray

Maybe you don’t grasp why pro whitening is popular. Fair enough – you may think the cheaper options should be the more well-liked ones. Nonetheless, this difference in opinion can be easily traced. The fact is that dental work’s quality is reflected in its price.

As proof, look closely at the whitening methods. Though strips and gels are cheap, these store-bought services have little effect and take months to work. In contrast, pro whitening offers major results quickly despite its high price. It’ll effectively brighten your smile by six to eight shades!

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

An unseen patient paying the cost of teeth whitening

Dental insurance usually won’t cover teeth whitening. Most plans view the latter as a needless luxury. Of course, other methods can make whitening affordable. The most notable of these are a practice’s financing options. Given the right one, your whiter teeth won’t break the bank.

Consider Papageorgiou Dental Associates, for instance. We offer:

  • Chewsi Dental Savings – Our office participates with Chewsi, a service that can give you savings on dental care. Using it can reduce the cost of cleanings, crowns, and even teeth whitening by 24%.
  • Flexible Financing – We work with CareCredit, a reputable third-party financier. They’d let you pay for a whitening treatment in monthly installments. That way, you could cover the relevant cost more easily.

Clearly, our team is eager and ready to brighten your teeth affordably. Learn more about financing treatment by booking a visit with us!

Teeth Whitening FAQs

Woman looking at smile in mirror after teeth whitening

In-office and at-home professional teeth whitening treatments are both excellent ways to easily achieve a beautiful, bright smile. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions about these popular cosmetic treatments below. As always, feel free to call us or schedule a consultation to learn more!

Does Teeth Whitening Work for Everyone?

Professional teeth whitening treatments are a safe, effective choice for almost anyone who wants a brighter smile. However, some enamel stains can’t be lifted with a whitening treatment. Teeth that have been discolored by a dental injury, certain medications, or childhood fluorosis are better addressed with services like dental bonding or porcelain veneers for the best results.

How Are At-Home Whitening Kits from a Dentist Better Than Store-Bought Whiteners?

There are plenty of teeth-whitening products available for sale at your local grocery store, pharmacy, or even online. While many of these items bear a resemblance to our take-home whitening kits, they aren’t nearly as powerful or personalized. In most cases, they cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation while only achieving subpar results. On the other hand, our take-home whitening kits utilize custom-made trays and specific doses of professional-grade bleaching gel. In two weeks or less, you can enjoy a dazzling smile!

Does Teeth Whitening Damage Enamel?

While a highly customized treatment ensures that you achieve the results you want as comfortably as possible, it’s normal to experience some slight tooth sensitivity after your treatment. Not to worry, however—this sensation is not permanent and your teeth have not been damaged. Teeth whitening agents seep into your enamel to remove staining particles that are stuck there, which can cause sensitivity. Thankfully, any discomfort should be mild, easily manageable, and short-lived.

How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?

The longevity of your results will depend largely on how well you care for them! While some bad habits can quickly discolor your teeth again, a few healthy choices can help keep your smile dazzling for a decade to come. After having your teeth whitened, remember to:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day.
  • Floss daily and regularly use antiseptic mouthwash.
  • Avoid or limit dark-colored foods and drinks.
  • Quit using tobacco products.
  • See your dentist twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Teeth Whitening?

Since teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment, most dental insurance policies will not cover it. However, every policy is different, so feel free to bring your insurance paperwork with you to your consultation and we’ll be happy to go over the details with you. While we also offer low to no-interest financing through CareCredit, one of the reasons teeth whitening treatments are so popular is how little it costs to achieve dramatic results!