Teeth Whitening

Paola Family Dentistry -  - Family Dentist

Paola Family Dentistry

Family Dentist located in Miami County, Paola, KS

Dull, yellow, or stained teeth can detract from the beauty of a smile. Under the direction of Dr. Travis Howard, Paola Family Dentistry is proud to offer teeth whitening services that are fast and effective to patients in Paola, Kansas and the surrounding Miami County area.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why do teeth get stains?

Tooth discoloration can come for a few different reasons. Some of the most common factors in tooth discoloration are:

  • Drinking of beverages with heavy coloring like coffee or red wine
  • Aging
  • Smoking
  • Some trauma
  • Some medications

What types of whitening are usually offered?

Most whitening procedures come in two different forms:

In-Office Whitening - If you are a candidate for whitening, your dentist may suggest a procedure done in office called “chairside” or “in-office whitening.” This procedure can be completed in as little as one visit. During an in-office whitening procedure, Dr. Howard will apply a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A whitening agent is put onto your teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. Typical results can whiten teeth up to 8 shades in as little as one hour!

Custom Whitening Trays - Custom take-home whitening products such as Whitening For Life™ typically come in a gel which is dispensed into a custom tray or mouthguard. These trays are made by your dentist to fit your teeth precisely. Usage may vary depending on the product. Some products are used twice a day for approximately two weeks, and others are intended for overnight use for one to two weeks.

How long do the teeth whitening effects last?

Teeth whitening is not permanent. On average, it takes anywhere from six to nine months after the initial whitening for wear to start showing. People who expose their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as one month. Individuals who want to keep their teeth white longer should take care of their teeth, eat healthy foods that don’t stain, and refrain from smoking. Individuals caring for their teeth the proper way and following the above recommended measures can get the most out of teeth whitening and maintain a gorgeous smile.

Accepted Insurances

At Paola Family Dentistry, we accept most major PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) insurances. We will file all PPO insurance claims as a courtesy to you, and all applicable copays and deductibles will be owed at the time of service. This is a list of some of the major insurances we accept. If you do not see your PPO insurance listed here, please feel free to call our office to confirm. Even if we are not contracted with your PPO insurance, we will still file the claim for you! If you do not have insurance, or your insurance is not a PPO plan, check out our Dental Membership Solution! Please Note: For Cigna, we only accept Cigna DPPO.

Aetna POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna DPPO
Connection Dental
Delta Dental
Guardian
Humana
MetLife
Sun Life Financial
United Healthcare