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Teeth Whitening – Castle Rock, WA

In-Office & Take-Home Options

Female patients receiving teeth whitening in Castle RockThese days, everyone wants a dazzling smile. Research has shown how important appearance can be for self-confidence and attaining both professional and personal goals. Teeth whitening can be an easy way to improve your appearance, and at Cowlitz River Dental, we can help you with both in-office and take-home teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening provided by a dentist is leaps and bounds above over-the-counter teeth whitening methods. If you’re preparing for a big event – a wedding, a job interview, a banquet, or the prom – consider a trip to Cowlitz River Dental in Castle Rock, WA, to explore your teeth whitening options. Call us today.

Who is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Before and after image of teeth whitening

Most people who want to do something about the stains on their teeth can undergo professional teeth whitening; however, it does require a scheduled consultation with Dr. Kennington first. The reason is that there might be additional oral health problems that must be addressed before moving forward with cosmetic treatment.

If you have any signs of decay or gum disease, we’ll need to first administer appropriate treatment. Then, we can begin to discuss which whitening option is best to help you meet your unique needs.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Female receiving in-office teeth whitening

There are a few different options that you can choose from when opting for professional teeth whitening. At Cowlitz River Dental, we are pleased to offer both in-office and take-home whitening options.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening from a dentist is not to be confused with over-the-counter methods. We will create custom-fit whitening trays that fit your smile like a glove and provide you with professional-strength teeth whitening gel. With the custom trays, you get great coverage and comfort.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is great for patients who have a big event coming up. Right before your event, we can help whiten your smile with a single procedure in our Castle Rock, WA, dental office. We can also combine your in-office teeth whitening with take-home teeth whitening to help you maintain your results. This one-two teeth whitening punch will help you have a whiter, brighter smile that lasts.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

Girl wearing a yellow sweater and showing off brighter smile

Professional teeth whitening is not meant to last forever. Follow-up appointments or at-home touch-ups will be required over time if you want your results to last as long as possible. Of course, there are additional ways to keep your teeth shining bright, such as:

  • Adopting good oral hygiene habits at home that include brushing twice daily for two minutes, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash.
  • Keeping your regular checkup and cleaning appointments with our dental team.
  • Limiting your consumption of dark-colored beverages and foods.
  • Giving up smoking and the use of other tobacco products.

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

woman showing off smile after learning the cost of teeth whitening

The cost of teeth whitening is something most people will consider before deciding whether to move forward with treatment. As a cosmetic service that is not covered by dental insurance (in most cases), the out-of-pocket expense requires an investment on a patient’s part. Fortunately, at Cowlitz River Dental, we offer additional ways to keep costs low while making it possible for individuals to pursue a brighter, whiter smile.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

before and after teeth whiteningWhen meeting with Dr. Kennington to discuss your desire for teeth whitening, you can expect to receive a cost estimate that breaks down the different factors that are considered as part of your treatment. Some of these include the severity of your stains and whether they are on the surface or below the enamel (or both), the type of treatment you would like to pursue – in-office or take-home whitening kits, and whether you need additional services to combat present tooth decay or gum disease.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

customized take home whitening kitMany patients may contemplate going with a cheaper solution – the kind that can be found at a local drugstore – however, these may not produce the results that are truly desired. Before doing the same, consider the investment that is required for each type of whitening. Then, allow Dr. Kennington and our team to explain why paying more for high-quality results matters.

  • In-Office Whitening: $400-$500
  • Take-Home Whitening: $200-$300
  • Store-Bought Trays: $100
  • Strips and Gels: $20-$30

Fast Teeth Whitening VS Inexpensive Teeth Whitening

person having in-office whitening treatmentStore-bought teeth whitening, as you can see, is significantly less expensive than in-office or take-home whitening kits provided by a cosmetic dentist. While the price tag is more appealing with over-the-counter solutions, the results they provide will leave you disappointed.

By investing in professional services, you will not only see results in one hour with in-office whitening or two weeks with take-home custom kits, but you’ll also have the confidence of knowing that your treatment is safe and effective because of the oversight provided by your cosmetic dentist.

Cheaper doesn’t always mean better, and it’s not worth risking your smile to find that out. Instead, leave it to the professionals who know how to effectively remove stains above and below the surface so that you can enjoy each day with a brighter smile.

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

older man pointing to whiter teethAt Cowlitz River Dental, we offer additional ways for you to pay for teeth whitening treatment. Apart from welcoming cash, checks, and most major credit cards, we also partner with CareCredit. Complete with low and no-interest payment plans, you can choose one that works with your budget. Instead of worrying about additional fees, you will pay off your treatment over time based on the original price provided.