Teeth Whitening – Chaska, MN

Brighten Your Pearly Whites the Easy Way

Do you enjoy a cup (or three) of coffee at the start of each day? How about the occasional glass of red wine or a snack of raspberries? Unfortunately, all of these, in addition to diet, aging, and genetics, can stain your teeth and make them look dull and discolored over time. It’s no secret: everybody is drawn to white teeth, and they are one of the strongest social signifiers in our society. Studies have shown that when someone looks at a person with a bright, perfect smile, words like attractive, intelligent, and professional quickly come to mind. Wouldn’t it be great to have people think that about you just because of your teeth? Now you can so call us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about professional at-home teeth whitening from our Chaska, MN cosmetic dentist!

Why Choose Chaska Dental Center for Teeth Whitening?

  • Whitening Products Designed to Minimize Sensitivity
  • Custom-Fit Trays for Enhanced Comfort
  • Flexible Dental Financing Available

Who is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Woman with whiter teeth

If you are looking to whiten your teeth, it’s important that our team evaluate your smile for any existing problems that may be present. This can include gum disease and tooth decay. Appropriate treatment will need to be provided if either is evident, as avoidance can lead to serious issues once teeth are whitened.

Typically, though, you will be considered a good candidate for teeth whitening if you have intrinsic and/or extrinsic stains. What this means is that if you show that you have staining on and/or below the surface, there is a good possibility you will be eligible to move forward with at-home teeth whitening.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

At-home teeth whitening system

Unlike the teeth whitening kits you see in the store, our take-home kits use professional-grade products you can only get through your cosmetic dentist in Chaska. This not only gives you a better result but one that lasts much longer and needs less frequent touch-ups. Each one of our kits is specially crafted for you, and this will help ensure your treatment is not only effective but comfortable as well.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Two quick visits to our dental office will send you home with custom-made mouth trays and a powerful whitening gel. You simply wear the trays with the gel as directed to make your teeth appear up to eight shades whiter. The gel attacks stains by breaking the bonds that hold them together, exposing your teeth to fresh oxygen, and letting their whiteness shine through.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Although in-office teeth whitening is not available in our Chaska dental office, many dentists apply whitening gel to teeth and use a specialized light to help activate the whitening agent. This allows it to penetrate the enamel and eliminate surface and deep-down stains.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

Man performing a touch-up at home

Simple brushing and flossing can help maintain the color for months. You can even use the kit for the occasional touch-ups, and this will help your new smile last for years.

Of course, you’ll also want to make sure that you minimize your exposure to dark-colored beverages and foods, and alcohol. You should also be mindful of teeth grinding, as worn-down tooth enamel can make teeth more sensitive and vulnerable to staining because of how thin it can become.

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

a mother showing off her whiter smile after teeth whitening in chaska

The cost of teeth whitening in Chaska cannot be determined without a consultation. Attempting to guess how much you can expect to spend is not possible until our team at Chaska Dental Center has a chance to review the status of your teeth and how to best approach your care. While various factors are used to help build a cost estimate, you cannot expect to better understand the total price until we fully explain your treatment plan during your consultation.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

before and after teeth whitening

Each person’s smile is different, which is why the amount you pay for treatment is likely to be very different than what someone else might pay.

Some of the most common factors our dentists will use to establish a price for teeth whitening include:

  • Whether you need additional treatments to address gum disease, existing tooth decay, or infection. If so, these issues must be addressed first before trying to whiten your teeth.
  • Whether your stains are confined to the outer layer (the enamel) or if they have spread beneath the enamel to the dentin layer.
  • Whether you currently possess any restorations, such as veneers or dental crowns. Teeth whitening will not improve the look of these teeth; instead, requiring you to seek a new restoration if your whiter smile is to look cohesive.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

take-home whitening trays and gel

You may find it hard to believe, but there are many different types of teeth whitening you might consider. Each has its own price point, something that might look like:

  • $400-$500 for in-office teeth whitening
  • $200-$300 for take-home whitening kits
  • $100 for store-bought whitening trays
  • $20-$30 for whitening gels, strips, and toothpaste

Fast Teeth Whitening VS Inexpensive Teeth Whitening

a woman with a brighter smile thanks to teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening generally costs more than kits purchased over the counter at a local drugstore; however, the results you can expect are well worth the investment.

It’s natural to be tempted by the low cost of whitening kits found in stores; however, cheaper solutions are unlikely to yield desirable results. Instead of simply looking and thinking about price, it’s important to also consider the level of care, attention to detail, and longevity that comes with professional teeth whitening.

At Chaska Dental Center, we offer at-home whitening kits for our patients, which means you can brighten your teeth several shades from the comfort of your own home.

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

man paying dental receptionist for teeth whitening treatment

As unfortunate as it is, dental insurance is unlikely to cover the cost of professional teeth whitening. This is why we offer an alternative solution so that patients like yourself do not immediately assume that a brighter smile is out of reach.

Instead, we offer a 5% discount on various dental services as well as provide available financing options. We’re even offering 0% financing for up to 12 months when pursuing restorative and cosmetic dentistry!

Teeth Whitening Frequently Asked Questions

Are you considering teeth whitening in Chaska to rid your teeth of unsightly stains and discoloration? If so, we’re happy you’re taking the next step to achieve a whiter, brighter smile. At Chaska Dental Center, we understand your decision to choose cosmetic dentistry to improve your appearance requires careful thought. It may be that you have many questions swirling around in your head as to how long you can expect your results to last or why one type of treatment is better than another. Fortunately, Dr. Swingdorf is here to provide the answers. Below is a list of commonly asked questions about teeth whitening you are invited to review. If you do not see yours listed and would like to discuss it further with a member of our team, please contact our dental office and schedule an appointment today.

What is the difference between professional and store-bought teeth whitening?

If you’re thinking that you can attain the same great results with store-bought teeth whitening, you’ll sadly discover that not only will you waste valuable money, but these products often leave much to be desired. While they may help to eliminate some surface stains, professional teeth whitening uses professional-grade bleaching gel to remove surface and deep-down stains. Oftentimes, it is discoloration that has developed beneath the enamel that can be hardest to eliminate but with the help of our dental team, we can equip you with customized trays or whitening strips to brighten your smile.

How can I make my teeth whitening results last?

If you want your teeth whitening results to last, make sure that you follow these simple guidelines and watch your smile maintain its new and improved appearance for longer:

  • Maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home that includes brushing your teeth twice a day for two full minutes using fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day to remove harmful bacteria, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash.
  • Keep your regular dental checkups and cleanings with our team at Chaska Dental Center every six months.
  • Limit or avoid dark-colored foods and beverages like sodas, coffee, berries, soy sauce, and red wine.
  • Quit smoking and using tobacco products.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

The best candidates for teeth whitening are those who have healthy teeth and gums. This means no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. However, even if you do not have the ideal smile to move forward with this type of cosmetic dentistry immediately, Dr. Swingdorf can administer the appropriate treatment to put you one step closer to a brighter, whiter smile.

Is teeth whitening covered by dental insurance?

Teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic service in the eyes of dental insurance companies, which means they will not agree to cover the cost because it is not “medically necessary.” This can often be a deterrent for some patients; however, you’ll be pleased to learn that your cosmetic dentist in Chaska offers a 5% savings (with restrictions) to uninsured individuals. Also, if you need assistance to pay for this type of treatment, we offer flexible financing, which we will be happy to discuss when meeting for your initial consultation.

Is teeth whitening expensive?

When comparing the cost of teeth whitening to that of veneers, you will find that these customized at-home whitening kits are much more cost-effective. Although dental insurance is unlikely to cover the costs associated with your cosmetic treatment, there are financing options available that can alleviate the burden of high costs. Our team at Chaska Dental Center will go above and beyond to help make your entire experience a positive one. From the professional treatment you’ll receive to the efforts of our team to keep your out-of-pocket expenses as low as possible, you’ll find that whitening your smile with the help of Chaska Dental Center is a worthwhile investment.