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What’s the best way to whiten my teeth?

Stores sell many whitening products, and you can get take-home gels and trays from your dentist, but neither is as strong as procedures done in a dental office

If you want to try an over-the-counter whitener, look for one with an ADA seal. Check with your dentist for advice before you buy, especially if you have dental work or dark stains. And don’t keep using them, or you could damage your teeth.

Why should I get professional teeth whitening?

The enamel on your teeth is porous, making the surface difficult to keep white. Coffee, tea, red wine, nicotine and other substances can leave stains on your teeth, especially when you use these items every day. Even with excellent oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings, teeth become dull with age. This can make you look older and detract from the beauty of your smile. With professional bleaching or whitening, you can safely make your teeth brighter for a younger, healthier-appearing smile. At Glacier Peak Dentistry, we only use products that are not only effective but safe for your teeth and overall health.

Do you offer take-home teeth whitening?

Glacier Peak Dentistry is proud to feature whitening products from Opalescence. Only licensed dental professionals can dispense Opalescence and their take-home whitening gel produce professional whitening results in a safe, effective, and customized way in the convenience of your own home.

We use Opalescence products because of their proven effectiveness and excellent track record. Millions of people owe their white and shiny smiles to Opalescence, and we’re here to show you why. Just one treatment with Opalescence can leave your teeth up to eight shades whiter, making it perfect for those who want to achieve quick and dramatic whitening results.

Is teeth whitening covered by insurance?

Teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic treatment since it only enhances the appearance of the teeth and does not fix any medical or health-related issues. Therefore, most dental insurance policies do not cover professional teeth whitening or other cosmetic procedures, such as tooth shaping, filing, gum contouring, or veneers.

We know how much teeth whitening can enhance not only one’s appearance but one’s confidence, approachability and overall image. Let our team at Glacier Peak Dentistry help you find financial solutions to get the dental care you need for your family. Contact our office today to find out if we accept your insurance or to learn more about our other financial payment options. Make your dream of a beautiful white smile a reality with professional whitening treatments from Glacier Peak Dentistry. We are confident that you will be thrilled with the fantastic results.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

Some may find that teeth whitening cause their teeth to ache and become sensitive to extreme temperatures. This is because many professional and At-Home teeth whitening kits use certain ingredients that can cause sensitivity for some. It is often most noticeable with extreme hot and cold food or beverages. It can also cause an achy feeling during the whitening process. Opalescence products, however, include desensitizing ingredients that provide additional comfort by reducing sensitivity. Thankfully, any sensitivity that starts with teeth whitening is typically short-term and resolves with time.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign Clear Aligners are nearly invisible when worn. The aligners can be removed at any time to allow the user to eat and drink whatever they would like during treatment. They are also very easy to clean and maintain, and the user can continue with their usual oral care practices. Invisalign is also great for athletes, due to the fact that the aligners do not present any injury risk for the user during athletic competition.

Visits to the dentist are also less frequent than they are for traditional braces which adds to the convenience factor. This is a vast improvement over wearing metal braces. Braces often require constant adjustments and repairs. Metal wires and rubber bands can break or need repair. Braces can poke your gums and hide food and bacteria behind the brackets. Certain foods must be avoided and braces can change the way you look and speak.

How long does Invisalign take to work?

Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of tightly fitted aligners to continuously move and adjust the positioning of one’s teeth. The user must wear their current aligner for 20 to 22 hours per day removing them only for brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking, and they will replace it with a new one approximately every two weeks. This will continue until the desired results are achieved, which normally takes one to two years. Time frames differ depending on degree of correction need and adherence to the schedule.

Does Invisalign hurt?

It is not uncommon for Invisalign to cause some discomfort when they are first fitted and when new trays are started, which typically occurs about every two weeks. However, compared to traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners are much more comfortable. Most of our Glacier Peak patients report that the discomfort is minor and will often subside after a few days. If the discomfort lasts longer than a few days, our team at Glacier Peak Dentistry will do what we can to evaluate the situation, rule out infection or other complications, and help reduce the pain, making you as comfortable as possible.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Glacier Peak Dentistry offers the popular Invisalign clear aligners as an orthodontic treatment that effectively straightens your smile without cumbersome metal braces.

Adults and teens love the comfort and discreet appearance of these clear aligners to improve the look and health of their smile. Good candidates for Invisalign are those who need mild to moderate correction of crooked or gapped teeth but want a treatment that will produce a beautiful smile in less time, are less noticeable and more convenient than traditional braces. Most mild cases of overbites, underbites, and crossbites can also be effectively improved with Invisalign clear aligners.

Contact Glacier Peak Dentistry today to schedule your consultation to learn more about clear orthodontics and whether or not they are the best option for you. Only our dental care experts can determine if you can benefit from Invisalign treatment.