Teeth Whitening

Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Family Smiles provides teeth whitening services for patients in and around the Scottsdale, AZ area. We respect the pride that individuals put into their appearances and having bright, white teeth is another great way to look your best. The procedure is simple, non-invasive, and painless.

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Why Whiten My Teeth?

Age and natural wear play a role in the gradual staining of teeth. They can become dull and yellow due to coffee, tea, or wine consumption, as well as smoking and certain medications. Though it can help reduce yellowing, brushing frequently doesn’t eliminate the process of tooth staining entirely.

Having a whitening procedure done during an in-office visit can brighten a patient’s teeth up to 8 shades, which is significantly more than the results of store-bought whitening kits (which usually only whiten the teeth two shades).

Scottsdale Teeth Whitening

Scottsdale Family Smiles offers both in-office whitening and whitening trays that patients can use at home. An in-office whitening session is usually completed along with other services and the results produced are almost immediate.

On the other hand, at-home bleaching kits can take several weeks before the full effect of tooth whitening is observable. This method is a benefit for individuals who want to carefully control how white their teeth appear, and how gradual the whitening process is.

No matter which option a patient chooses, tooth whitening services are initiated by taking impressions of the patient’s teeth. The impressions are used to create whitening trays that perfectly fit the patient’s mouth. This way, the whitening solution will stay in place instead of leaking out.

During in-office sessions, the tray needs to be worn for a single duration, and at-home treatments need to be used for several hours a night until the desired effect is reached.

How It Works

Teeth whitening solution contains hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates tooth enamel as it starts the oxidation process. During oxidation, the molecules in the enamel are transformed to where they reflect less light than they did before, which makes them appear to be colorless. This colorlessness of molecules is what whitens the teeth.

Depending on the severity of the yellowing your teeth have undergone, in-office whitening may be necessary in order to fully get rid of long-term staining. If you’re currently struggling with discolored teeth and you’re curious about professional whitening, we welcome you to give us a call at Scottsdale Family Smiles. Dr. Fattah will explain your options to you and help you make the appropriate choice to meet your teeth whitening needs.

The procedure itself should not cause any discomfort and is relatively easy to complete. Before getting started, we simply recommend that patients schedule a dental exam with our Scottsdale dental office. We will then examine your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy enough for whitening. This way if any cavities or infections exist they can be treated first. To learn more or to get started, call (480) 607-6937 and schedule your appointment.

What Our Patients Are Saying

Bright pleasant clean office. Staff very welcoming and friendly. Safety COVID precautions all in place. Never felt nervous about being examined without my mask. Dr. Fattah's very thorough exam found some teeth that need work

Karen | Patient

Dr. Fattah has incorporated the latest research and equipment in his practice. He looks beyond the issue to discover root cause. As individualized medicine becomes the standard of care, dentistry need to continuously evolve.

Nancy | Patient

We gladly travel for our whole family to see Dr. Fattah— we cannot recommend him enough! He’s very communicative, skilled and takes great care of each patient!

Sylvie | Patient

Had my very first visit there today. Have to give kudos to the whole staff. From the moment I walked in everyone was so pleasantly kind and accommodating!

Lexy | Patient

Teeth Whitening FAQ

Q. Does tooth whitening cause permanent tooth sensitivity?
A. Sensitivity from tooth whitening is always transient. If there is any sensitivity caused by the whitening, it goes away within one to two days after the treatment, and the patient returns to the state of sensitivity he or she had prior to starting the whitening process.
Q. Can I get my teeth whitened?
A. Most people are candidates for tooth whitening, but again, each situation is unique and it’s best to contact your dental professional.
Q. How long does tooth whitening last?
A. Typically you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to 10 years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking—all of which can cause staining—helps preserve the results.
Q. Is tooth bleaching safe?
A. Yes, many studies have proven that tooth whitening is safe. You can protect your tooth enamel by using calcium sulfate and fluoride.
Q. How much does tooth whitening cost?
A. Prices vary widely for tooth whitening. Over-the-counter kits can cost as little as $20, with extensive in-office procedures approaching up to $1,000. If you want professional whitening, expect the price to be around $300 to $800. If you want an at-home bleaching kit from your dentist, expect to pay between $300 and $600. Learn more about dental insurance and financing.
Q. Does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?
A. Tooth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns, but it may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations. This is why it is a good idea to check with your dental professional before beginning any course of tooth whitening.
Q. Is the agent used in tooth whitening toxic?
A. Products developed from carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and urea (substances found in every human cell), should be used cautiously to alleviate concern. Those who have issues are the ones who don’t follow instructions and overuse the products for months or years.

Teeth Whitening

Scottsdale, AZ

To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling (480) 607-6937.

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