Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental treatment because it’s a relatively simple procedure that produces dramatic results. A whiter smile can even make you look years younger! At Smile Shack, we offer two forms of teeth whitening: in-office whitening and at-home bleaching. Below, we answer some of the most common questions our patients have about these treatments, including how much teeth whitening costs on Long Island.
What does teeth whitening cost on Long Island, NY?
The cost of teeth whitening can vary a great deal depending on the system being used. Our practice uses the Glo (Guided Light Optics) Whitening system for in-office teeth whitening, which costs $245 per arch.
What is the best whitener for your teeth?
We offer Glo because we feel it’s the best whitener for teeth available today. This revolutionary system is safe and effective, producing instant results with no trays or sensitivity, which is an issue with some competing teeth whitening treatments. Another benefit of Glo is that you’ll receive your own Glo Light to take home with you, allowing you to perform touch-ups as needed.
Is professional teeth whitening worth the cost?
While it’s true that you can purchase teeth whitening kits over-the-counter, they’re best used for mild stains and discoloration. For more moderate or severe staining, professional teeth whitening is worth the cost. Even if you only have light stains, you may still wish to get professional treatments because they’re safer, more effective, and faster than store-bought whitening solutions.
Is teeth whitening covered by dental insurance?
No, teeth whitening isn’t covered by dental insurance because it’s performed for cosmetic reasons, not for oral health purposes.
What is the safest form of teeth whitening?
The safest form of teeth whitening is professional teeth whitening performed or overseen by a dentist. Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments that carry the American Dental Association seal are also safe, but if you use them more frequently or for longer amounts of time than recommended, they can cause irritation and sensitivity.
Can you reverse teeth yellowing?
All yellow teeth can be made whiter, but not all yellow teeth are a fit for whitening treatments. Stains and discoloration that are on the enamel layers can be successfully treated with the Smile Shack Glo Whitening system or our at-home bleaching kits, but there are times when stains come from inside the tooth, in which case a specialized procedure called intrinsic whitening is needed to reverse it. Yellow teeth may also be the result of eroded enamel; in these cases, we can use bonding or veneers to brighten your smile.
How long does teeth whitening last?
If you follow our maintenance instructions, you can expect your teeth whitening treatments to last for about a year, although using your at-home whitening kit for touch-ups means you can extend your results even further.