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Teeth Whitening – Bend, OR

Erase Stains & Discoloration with Professional Teeth Whitening

Having a beautiful white smile is key to feeling great about how you look and living your life with confidence. With professional teeth whitening in Bend, you can take care of stains, discoloration, and yellow teeth from the comfort of your own home. This procedure is incredibly popular because it provides great results for a relatively small investment of time and money. If you’d like to know how whitening can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, don’t hesitate to contact our caring dental team!

What Causes Tooth Stains and Discoloration?

A smile before and after teeth whitening

There are two main categories of stain: Intrinsic stain occurs in the deeper layers of the teeth, while extrinsic stain only builds up on the surface (called enamel). Staining happens for many reasons, including:

  • Foods and beverages such as red wine, turmeric, coffee, and tea
  • Age
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Developmental defects in the enamel
  • Heredity
  • Certain kinds of antihistamines, antidepressants, and antibiotics in childhood (e.g. tetracycline)
  • Tobacco
  • Blunt force trauma to the teeth

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Closeup of woman putting in a whitening tray

Professional teeth whitening formulas use carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, which contain oxygen molecules to penetrate the enamel. This breaks up and removes both deeper stains and surface stains to whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades.

Your experienced dentist in Bend, OR, we offer a convenient kit that can be used at home and takes just two visits to get started. Here’s what the process is like:

  1. We’ll start by taking impressions of your teeth to make custom whitening trays. These trays will fit your teeth perfectly so the whitening gel can reach the entire surface area of your teeth.
  2. It typically takes 1-2 weeks to make your trays. When you return to pick them up, we’ll give you a supply of whitening gel along with instructions for using them at home.
  3. You’ll wear the trays for 30-60 minutes a day until you get your final result, which usually takes 10-14 days.

What Are the Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening?

Woman putting in a whitening tray

The FDA limits the strength of store-bought whitening products, so they simply can’t provide the same results that our professional take-home kit can. At Ponderosa Dental Center, our take-home cosmetic dentistry product is not only faster but also prevents or minimizes the (temporary) hot/cold sensitivity that some people get from whitening.

Also, Dr. Prentice will thoroughly examine your teeth before recommending whitening to make sure that your stains aren’t actually the result of a dental problem that needs attention. In some cases, such as discoloration from tetracycline use in childhood, even professional whitening can’t provide the best results. We’ll always recommend the best treatment to keep you from investing in something that doesn’t work great the first time.

How Long Will Your Results Last?

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In many cases, professional whitening results last up to 2-3 years, but this can vary depending on your habits and lifestyle choices (e.g. how often you consume things like coffee or red wine, whether you smoke, etc.) We want you to love your smile as long as possible and will review the best way to maintain your results when you pick up your trays.

Also, many of our patients like to touch-up their whitening once every year or so to keep their smile its brightest. Since you can re-use your custom trays for many years, you’ll only need to purchase refills of inexpensive whitening gel, so it couldn’t be easier!

Teeth Whitening FAQs

Want to know even more about professional teeth whitening in Bend? We prepared this convenient FAQ section for curious minds just like you. Below, Dr. Prentice has compiled and answered some of the most common questions regarding our high-quality at-home teeth whitening system. If you feel ready for a dazzling white smile after reading these FAQs, do not hesitate to give us a call at Ponderosa Dental Center!

Will the Treatment Whiten My Artificial Teeth?

Professional teeth whitening treatment is designed to work on natural tooth enamel, not artificial replacement teeth such as bridges, dentures or crowns. Most dental prostheses are typically more stain resistant than natural teeth and as such may stay brighter for longer. However, over time artificial teeth can still accumulate plaque and some stains. While professional teeth whitening will not brighten artificial teeth, the treatment can clean and restore them back to their original attractive color.

Are There Any Side Effects from Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening delivered by a dentist in Bend is an extremely safe and effective treatment. While there typically are no major side effects involved, you may experience some slight tooth sensitivity and mild irritation of the gums.

Gum and tissue irritation can be caused by an ill-fitting whitening tray. At Ponderosa Dental Center, we use only custom whitening trays that perfectly fit your teeth in order to provide the best-looking results and minimize discomfort.

If they do occur, both tooth sensitivity and gum irritation are temporary side effects and should disappear soon after your teeth whitening treatment is complete. 

Who is a Good Candidate?

Most adults who are in generally good dental health but want a white smile in Bend can benefit from professional teeth whitening treatment.

One important caveat is that teeth whitening treatment is designed to remove exterior stains from teeth. If the inner layer of your teeth is discolored, teeth whitening treatment may not be effective.

During an initial consultation, Dr. Prentice will evaluate your smile and determine if you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening treatment.

How Much does Professional Teeth Whitening Cost?

The cost of professional teeth whitening can vary depending on a patient's unique smile goals and how long their individualized treatment plan lasts. To obtain an exact price estimate, it is best to visit Dr. Prentice for an initial consultation so he can evaluate your teeth and discuss treatment options with you.

Important to note is that while plenty of toothpastes and over-the-counter teeth whitening products are cheaper and promise to brighten one's smile, nothing can compete with the dazzling results produced by professional teeth whitening from a dentist in Bend. 

How Can I Protect the Results of My Teeth Whitening Treatment?

As mentioned above, professional teeth whitening results often last up to 2 to 3 years. However, your individual habits and lifestyle choices can influence how long your smile stays dazzling white after treatment. To preserve the results of teeth whitening treatment and keep your smile looking its absolute best, be sure to follow these tips:

  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Brush your teeth twice every day for a full two minutes each time
  • Limit your intake of dark foods and drinks like black coffee, red wine, or pasta with red sauce
  • Visit a dentist in Bend every six months for a dental exam and professional cleaning

Moreover, you can always touch-up your teeth later down the line with the same custom trays and inexpensive whitening gel refills!