Free Whitening For Life
Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment used to brighten the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. When people have a brighter smile, they tend to smile more often and are less self-conscious. A whiter smile can help minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles, producing a more youthful, energetic appearance and gives people to whom you are speaking a place to focus on and gives you a friendlier appearance. As a premiere Oregon City dentist, Dr. Gallucci at Cascade Smiles is proud to offer this service. Our Free Whitening For Life program helps you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile through regular dental care! Our patients receive free at-home teeth whitening gels every time they visit our dentist office.*
How the Free Teeth Whitening For Life Program Works
- Custom, professional whitening trays
- Whitening gel - 2 tubes*
- A bleach instruction pamphlet
Free Whitening Program Requirements
- Complete prescribed new patient exam, x-rays and a cleaning with Cascade Smiles.
- Have all tooth decay removed within one year. This is required in order to prevent complications that may arise with unhealthy teeth and gums.
- Stay current with your Cascade Smiles account.
- Be at least 18 years old, not pregnant or nursing.
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*Cascade Smiles reserves the right to refuse on-going whitening treatment if deemed necessary based on patient health conditions, misuse, abuse, or any other factor deemed necessary to void the offer. Lost or destroyed custom trays will be replaced at cost to patient. Patients who lose eligibility will then need to complete 2 prescribed hygiene care appointments and/or restore all decay to be reinstated in the Free Teeth Whitening for Life program. New patient exams must be completed by a general dentist and not a specialist.
Types of Whitening
There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and the various at-home whitening methods.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening products is commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whitener. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use.
Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately. Although immediate results are achieved, they are not as long lasting as when using at-home professional whitening trays.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment at 503-657-7770.