Does teeth whitening hurt?
Unlike the teeth whitening products you can find at your local drugstore, our solutions are created with your comfort and safety in mind. In order to minimize the risk of gum irritation following your treatment, we isolate your teeth during in-office whitening and make customized trays for take-home whitening. We also formulate our bleaching agents to reduce tooth sensitivity as much as possible.
If your teeth are prone to sensitivity, we may recommend take-home whitening instead of in-office treatment so as to avoid aggravating your teeth. We might also suggest using a desensitizing toothpaste for a few days after starting your treatment to reduce discomfort.
Am I A Candidate For Teeth Whitening?
Most patients who wish to have brighter smiles make good candidates for teeth whitening. However, you’ll need to visit us for a consultation first, just to make sure. If your cosmetic dentist in Frisco discovers any untreated oral health conditions, such as cavities or gum disease, then they must be addressed before we can focus on the aesthetics of your teeth.
Does Teeth Whitening Work on Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns, and other restorations like veneers, bonding, and tooth-colored fillings, are not porous like tooth enamel is. While this makes them resistant to staining, it also means that whitening gel will not penetrate the surface. Therefore, teeth whitening does not work on dental crowns. In fact, the bleaching agent might even weaken the bond between your restoration and your natural tooth.
We typically don’t recommend that patients with dental crowns undergo teeth whitening, as their crowns will stand out. However, if you’re unhappy with the color of your crown, we can discuss replacing it after teeth whitening in order for it to match the rest of your smile.
Is Teeth Whitening Covered by Dental Insurance?
Teeth whitening isn’t normally considered “medically necessary,” so it’s very unlikely to qualify for dental insurance coverage. That said, there may be some exceptions. Our team is happy to double-check the details of your plan to help you save as much money as possible. We can also help you apply for a low- to no-interest payment plan through CareCredit.