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Teeth Whitening–Midwest City, OK

Reserve Tooth Stains and Discoloration

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You can't put a price on the benefits of a bright, white smile. However, teeth naturally come in a variety of shades and tones. Not to mention, they also change colors over the years for various reasons. If you're not happy with the color of your teeth, you've probably tried a few over-the-counter whitening products to improve your smile. If you weren't impressed by the results, you are not alone. Although they are convenient, over-the-counter products have little effect on tooth discoloration. The only way to achieve the drastic results you desire is with the help of a cosmetic dentist. Dr. Kendrick and our staff are here to help. We offer the latest solutions for teeth whitening. We can turn back the clock to get your smile significantly brighter.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

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Did you know not all types of tooth discoloration are the same? Whitening treatments work best on surface and age-related discoloration. You'll require an initial consultation with your cosmetic dentist to determine the source of your stains. Dr. Kendrick will also examine your mouth to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy, which is a requirement before any elective procedure, including teeth whitening.

Based on the results, he'll create a personalized treatment plan to revamp your smile. It's not unusual to need a little prep work, like a dental cleaning or gum disease therapy.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

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You have multiple options to remove stubborn stains. Dr. Kendrick will review each solution that may be right for you, like:

At-Home Teeth Whitening

You can enjoy the convenience of an over-the-counter product and the results of an in-office treatment with a take-home whitening kit. Dr. Kendrick will give you everything you need to gradually improve the color of your teeth from the comfort of your home. You'll use the kit daily for about 2 weeks to reach your goals.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Your teeth can get up to 8 shades whiter over your lunch break. A protective barrier is placed over your gums and lips before applying a highly concentrated whitening agent. Your dentist will activate the whitening ingredients using a special light for three 15-minute intervals. At the end of your appointment, you'll walk out with a beautiful smile.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

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Your results can last for many months or years, depending on how well you care for your teeth. You can get the most from your investment by:

  • Committing to Your Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes and floss at least once a day.
  • Avoiding Dark Foods and Drinks: Limit your contact with stain-causing foods and drinks, like coffee. If you can't resist a cup of java, drink it all at once through a straw to limit its contact with your teeth. If you have any dark foods or drinks, rinse your mouth with water after you've finished to prevent discoloration.
  • Not Smoking: It's best to stop smoking to prevent tar and nicotine stains.
  • Visiting Your Dentist Regularly: Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. We can also provide you with a touchup kit if your results fade.

If you're ready to stop hiding behind discolored teeth, it's time to contact our office. We will reveal a bright, youthful smile. Request an appointment through our website or call (405) 732-0431.

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Professional teeth whitening is one of the most cost-effective ways to enhance your smile. With either an in-house process or an at-home kit, you’ll be able to show off your new and improved pearly whites in no time. Still, you’ll want to know what to expect from the price of the procedure so that there are no surprises when it comes to paying the bill. Here’s what to consider about the cost of teeth whitening.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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While this cosmetic service usually comes with a set fee, several things can influence how much you’ll need to pay in the end. These can include:

  • The Level of Discoloration: Those with more severe staining across their smile might require multiple treatments to completely achieve the color they want.
  • The Kind of Stains: Extrinsic stains will be much easier to lift compared to intrinsic ones.
  • Additional Dental Treatments: Our team will verify that you’re free of any underlying or growing oral health problems, such as gum disease or cavities, which will need to be addressed beforehand.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

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Teeth whitening can be achieved in various forms, each with its unique price point. Here are the types of treatments you should consider and what to expect from each:

  • In-Office Teeth Whitening: This cosmetic procedure can generally cost around $400 to $800—or about $1,000 in some instances.
  • At-Home Teeth Whitening: These custom whitening trays usually go for around several hundred dollars.
  • Store-Bought Whitening Trays: Over-the-counter teeth whitening trays from your local supermarket can cost up to $100.
  • Over-the-Counter Gels/Strips: As the most affordable solution, these boxes can cost around $20-$40.

Inexpensive vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

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At face value, it might appear that store-bought teeth whitening treatments are more affordable, which can entice those who are working within a budget. However, it’s important to remember that the quality of the results will usually coincide with the amount you pay. Most store-bought whitening products are diluted and won’t provide the same level of results as you’ll expect from your dentist, and you may even need multiple treatments to achieve your dream look. With professional teeth whitening, our team can use high-quality bleaching material that’s effective and safe for your smile, and you’ll be more likely to save more in the long run.

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

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Dental insurance typically doesn’t cover cosmetic dental treatments, so you’ll want to explore alternative solutions for making teeth whitening work within your budget. That’s why our team offers financing through CareCredit and Wisetack—third-party financiers that can help break up the overall price of your procedure into monthly installments. Their plans also usually come with little to no interest, meaning you won’t have to empty your wallet to get the beautiful smile you deserve.

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