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Teeth Whitening – Jacksonville, FL

Whiten Your Teeth, Transform Your Smile

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Stubborn dental stains can surface for numerous reasons – from frequent coffee consumption to the natural aging process. Regardless of the source, it’s important to know that you don’t have to settle for yellow, discolored teeth from this point forward. At Jacksonville Dental Specialists, we offer take-home teeth whitening kits that are effective, safe, and far superior to anything you will find at your local pharmacy or store. If you’d like to learn more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment, including who is a candidate and how the brightening process works, give our team a call or read on!

Why Choose Jacksonville Dental Specialists for Teeth Whitening?

  • Board-Certified Dental Professionals
  • Highly-Rated Dental Team in Jacksonville
  • Flexible Financing with CareCredit

Who Is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

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Since professional teeth whitening treatments can address stubborn stains while preserving your oral health, the large majority of patients are candidates! During your consultation, one of our talented cosmetic dentists will pinpoint the cause of the discoloration, learn all about your smile goals, and assess the state of your teeth and gums. From there, they can determine if teeth whitening is ideal for you, if any preliminary treatments are needed, or if a different cosmetic dental solution would be best for your smile.

How Does Take-Home Teeth Whitening Work?

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Our take-home teeth whitening treatments reliably deliver beautiful results, but how? After confirming you’re a candidate, we will provide you with everything you need to brighten your teeth from home, including professional levels of active whitening agents and detailed instructions on how to use them. With consistent use, you’ll see stains gradually disappear before your eyes. After a week or two, you’ll have a noticeably brighter smile!

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

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Of course, there are a few proactive measures you need to take to preserve the beautiful results from your teeth whitening treatment. Fortunately, many of the best practices we recommend are simple and should already be a part of your usual oral hygiene routine, including:

  • Brushing and flossing consistently
  • Getting a dental checkup and cleaning every six months
  • Eating light-colored foods, like scrambled eggs, plain yogurt, and oatmeal
  • Using a straw when drinking coffee, juice, soda, and other dark-colored beverages
  • Quitting unhealthy dental habits, like smoking
  • Getting touch-up treatments as needed

If dental discoloration is negatively impacting your smile (and your self-esteem), then don’t wait another day to schedule a consultation with our team. With our take-home teeth whitening treatments, you can get the beautiful results you desire from the comfort of your own home!

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Professional teeth whitening is a great way to enhance the natural beauty of your smile. However, it is important to consider the different options out there and how much they cost. You don’t want to end up with unnecessary surprises. Here are some things for you to take into consideration if you are thinking about having your teeth whitened.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening is usually one set price, but some different factors can determine the number of treatments you require to meet your goals:

  • Severity of Discoloration: If your teeth are very discolored, you may need additional treatments.
  • Type of Discoloration: Extrinsic stains are much easier to lift than intrinsic stains.
  • Additional Treatments: If you have any existing oral health issues, this needs to be addressed ahead of time.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost? 

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There are several different types of teeth whitening and they range in both cost and effectiveness. Here is what you can expect based on which option you choose:

  • In-Office Teeth Whitening: This usually costs somewhere between $300 and $800. In some cases, it can cost upwards of $1000.
  • Take-Home Teeth Whitening: Professional take-home teeth whitening kits usually cost a few hundred dollars.
  • Over-the-Counter Trays: Teeth whitening trays that you can find over the counter generally total up to $100 or less.
  • Over-the-Counter Strip/Gels: This is the most affordable option out there. These boxes can cost between $20 and $40 on average and contain enough product to last up to two weeks.

Fast Teeth Whitening VS Inexpensive Teeth Whitening

When you look at solely the cost amount, you may be wondering why anyone would consider professional teeth whitening when it costs so much more than over-the-counter strips and gels. The truth is that you get what you pay for when it comes to cosmetic dentistry of any kind. When you choose cheaper strips and gels, you will likely see little to no results, especially if you have significant discoloration. On the other hand, professional teeth whitening is designed to lighten tooth enamel multiple shades. With professional take-home whitening kits, you will see results in just a couple of weeks. When you choose which teeth whitening option is right for you, it’s important to consider the results you want and how quickly you want them.

Options For Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

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Teeth whitening isn’t covered by dental insurance because it is an elective treatment. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be left to pay your entire bill at once. We work with CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little to no interest. To learn more about your financial options, don’t hesitate to talk to one of our friendly team members.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental treatment, so it is no surprise that our patients often ask about it. You can check the FAQs below to see some of the teeth whitening questions we have received as well as our answers. Of course, there might be something you want to know that is not discussed on this page; if you schedule a consultation with us, our team will gladly answer your inquiries in person.

Does Teeth Whitening Work on Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are not as porous as your natural teeth. As a result, the agents used for the whitening process will not work on crowns. If a crown has become stained or discolored, you can have it replaced with a new one. (Note that good habits such as not smoking and staying away from dark-colored beverages can help protect your crown from stains.)

If you have a dental crown, please let us know before we begin the whitening process. Sometimes the whitening agents might have an adverse effect on the material used to keep the crown anchored to your tooth; it’s therefore important for us to know about any previous dental work that’s present in your mouth so that we can take appropriate measures.

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

The professional whitening kits available at our practice are different from store-bought kits in a variety of ways:

  • Professional kits are customized with your smile in mind whereas store-bought kits are not.
  • Professional kits are only provided after a dental expert has carefully examined your mouth. Store-bought kits do not have the benefit of professional oversight.
  • Professional kits are typically more reliable, yielding noticeable results in just two weeks.

Does Teeth Whitening Damage Enamel?

As long as your teeth are in good shape overall, you don’t need to worry about your enamel being damaged by professional teeth whitening. However, issues can occur if you attempt to have teeth whitening performed while you have a cavity or gum disease. This is why it’s so important for us to evaluate your mouth before proceeding with teeth whitening or any other kind of cosmetic dental procedure. If any oral health problems are found, they will need to be addressed first.

Does Teeth Whitening Qualify for FSA?

Flexible spending accounts, or FSAs for short, can be used to help cover a wide variety of medical expenses. That being said, teeth whitening typically doesn’t qualify for FSA for the same reason that it usually isn’t covered by insurance: it is considered an elective treatment.

However, you can use an FSA to make routine preventive dental appointments more affordable. By having your teeth cleaned by a professional two times a year, you can help the results of teeth whitening last longer, allowing you to continue to enjoy the confidence boost that comes with a brighter smile.