Brighten My Smile

Why did my teeth change color?

Over time your teeth can go from white to not so bright for a number of reasons.

Food and drinks like coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits – what do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).

Tobacco Use:  Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine.

Age: Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth is a softer area called dentin.  Over time, the outer enamel later gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through

Is teeth whitening covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans do not cover teeth whitening. It is considered nonessential cosmetic procedure. Insurance companies do not deem it medically necessary because it is not fixing a problem that is detrimental to your health.

Does Whitening work on all teeth?

No, which is why it is why we schedule a consultation to talk with our doctor before deciding to whiten your teeth, as whiteners may not cover all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all.  Whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings.

What teeth whitening options do you offer?

  • teeth whitening kit Zoom (In office) Whitening – 90 minute procedure. Includes custom bleach trays $400.00
  • Phillips Zoom Take home Kit – Use at your convenience.  Ask us which product fits your lifestyle.  $175 – two appointments 30 minutes each
  • Prescription strength whitening strips $20.00
  • Zoom Whitening Pen – $20.00  –  Use it twice a day when you are on the go for touch-ups