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Teeth Whitening – Moses Lake, WA

Get Your Bright, Beautiful Smile Back!

Are your teeth looking more yellow and brittle than pearly and white? Don’t get discouraged – our team at Moses Lake Family Dentistry has helped countless patients achieve a bright, beautiful smile once more. One of the most popular treatment options is take-home teeth whitening. After all, this allows you to achieve the stunning results of an in-office treatment from the comfort of your own home! If you are interested in learning more, you can contact our team to schedule your consultation or read on.

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Why Choose Moses Lake Family Dentistry for Teeth Whitening?

Who Is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

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Most often, patients are interested in professional teeth whitening to remove stubborn stains that have surfaced from frequent coffee consumption. However, this cosmetic dental treatment can also be used to address discoloration that has surfaced from certain medications, genetics, or simply aging! So, if you aren’t happy with the color of your teeth, it’s worth scheduling an appointment with Dr. Craig R. Harder. From there, he can learn more about your aesthetic goals, dental history, and the source of your staining in order to determine if you’re a candidate.

How Does Take-Home Teeth Whitening Work?

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You know that take-home teeth whitening is safe, effective, and convenient, but how exactly does it work? With Ultradent’s custom at-home teeth whitening kits, you’ll have everything you need to remove stubborn dental stains from home, and we’ll give you detailed instructions on how often to use them. Aside from that, it’s up to you! You can whiten your teeth while you’re relaxing by the pool, watching your favorite show, or doing chores around the house.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

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Sadly, the stains can resurface if you don’t take proactive measures to maintain the results. Don’t worry – this doesn’t require anything too complicated or cumbersome. In fact, many of the best practices we recommend should already be a part of your daily routine, including:

Are you ready to take the next step toward a bright, beautiful smile? Then schedule a consultation with our Moses Lake cosmetic dentist! Once your appointment is on the calendar, you’ll be a big step closer to your dream smile.

Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Before you get teeth whitening, you likely want to know its price. That’s only fair – you can’t buy something if it exceeds your budget. However, the cost of teeth whitening varies by patient. You can only receive a precise estimate by consulting Dr. Harder. Once you have, we’ll do everything possible to make treatment affordable. Our dental will explain whitening’s cost factors, types, payment options, and more. Read on to learn the details, or call us soon.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening

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Since it affects your whole smile at once, whitening usually has one set price. Still, some factors influence how many treatments you need to reach desired results. These elements include:

  • Severity of Stains – The deeper your smile stains, the more a whitening treatment will cost. Very dark discoloration will need many sessions to clear things up.
  • Type of Stains – The type of stains also impacts treatment costs. For instance, extrinsic kinds can be removed with just one session. In contrast, intrinsic ones beneath the enamel aren’t easily erased.
  • Extra Services – In addition to whitening, you may need other procedures. (Crowns, fillings, etc.) The cost of care will increase if you do.

Types of Teeth Whitening: What Do They Cost?

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In reality, there’s more than one type of teeth whitening. Which one you choose will affect your procedure’s price. The options generally available are:


  • In-Office Teeth Whitening – In an office setting, teeth whitening often costs $400-$800. Its price can reach $1,000 or more in some cases.
  • Take-Home Teeth Whitening – A take-home whitening kit (provided by a dentist) is usually a few hundred dollars. Typically, this price reflects the kit’s custom trays and bleaching gel.
  • “Over-the-Counter” Teeth Whitening – Store-bought trays aren’t customized for your smile. As a result, they cost $100 or less.
  • Teeth Whitening Strips/Gels – Teeth whitening strips and gels can be found in most stores. They represent the least expensive option, with strips only costing $20-40 per box.

Inexpensive Teeth Whitening vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

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At first, you may wonder why professional whitening is so popular. It’s easy to think that people would prefer inexpensive choices. Well, the price of dental work reflects its quality.

You can closely examine the whitening methods for proof. While strips and gels don’t cost much, they have little effect; most brands take months to work. On the other hand, whitening from a dentist is pricier but offers fast and clear results. It’ll brighten your smile by several shades after a session or two!

Options for Making Teeth Whitening Affordable

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Dental insurance usually won’t cover teeth whitening. Most plans view the service as an unneeded luxury. Even so, other methods can make whitening affordable. The most notable of these are a practice’s financing options. With a good one, you can get whiter teeth without exceeding your budget.

For example, look at our own Moses Lake Family Dentistry. We offer flexible financing through CareCredit – a third-party financier. The latter group would let you pay for a whitening treatment in monthly installments. Therefore, you can cover the relevant costs easily.

At Moses Lake Family Dentistry, we want your brighter smile to be budget-friendly. Learn how to finance it by booking a consultation!

Teeth Whitening FAQs

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Teeth whitening in Moses Lake can revamp your pearly whites to reveal a youthful smile. Don't worry if you have a few concerns. Dr. Craig R. Harder will explain everything during your consultation and address any apprehensions. You can also take a look below at the answers to the most frequently asked questions or contact our office to speak with a member of our team.

Does Teeth Whitening Damage Your Enamel?

If your teeth and gums are healthy, whitening agents won’t harm your oral health or enamel. However, some OTC products can be damaging to your enamel. It’s best to visit a dentist to treat stains and discoloration. Dr. Harder uses safe, effective whitening systems to improve the color of your teeth without costing you your enamel. It’s important to space out whitening treatments to avoid dental problems, like enamel loss.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Teeth whitening isn’t supposed to hurt. Your cosmetic dentist in Moses Lake will ensure your mouth is healthy to prevent any discomfort. Dr. Harder can customize your treatment to your comfort level. Let him know if you’re prone to sensitivity. He may recommend desensitizing toothpaste. Avoid any hot or cold foods and drinks for 24-48 hours to prevent tooth sensitivity.

Does Teeth Whitening Work on Dental Crowns?

Whitening agents don’t have any effect on the color of crowns or restorations because they aren’t porous like your enamel. Your teeth will get whiter, but your crown will be unchanged, which can cause it to stick out. Whitening gels can also weaken the bonding material holding your crown in place over time. Dr. Harder can create a personalized treatment plan to resolve stains and discoloration while ensuring consistent results.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Your results can last for many months or years. Various factors will affect the duration of your results, like your oral hygiene. You can keep your smile its brightest by brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing at least once per day. Moderate your consumption of anything that may stain your teeth, like blackberries, coffee, and red wine. Rinse your mouth with water after having anything that might lead to discoloration. Avoid smoking and tobacco to prevent tar and nicotine stains. Besides caring for your teeth at home, schedule a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. Dr. Harder can also provide you with a touch-up kit to maintain your results.

Can I Use My Dental Insurance for Teeth Whitening?

It’s rare for dental insurance to cover elective services, like teeth whitening, unless they are medically necessary. You might be able to use your dental benefits for your consultation and any diagnostic services. Your insurance may cover some of the expenses for any prep work, like a dental cleaning or filling. We will work on your behalf to maximize any applicable coverage. You can pay any out-of-pocket expenses using a monthly payment plan through third-party financing. We have the solutions you need to keep a bright smile affordable.