Q&A with Indianapolis dentists on teeth whitening
Thinking about polishing up those pearly whites? Three highly rated dentists drill down the specifics of teeth whitening.
Who we spoke to:
Dr. Amy Marckese
Dr. Anthony Dee
Indianapolis and Fishers
Southeast Family Dental
Dr. Mark Bohnert
What teeth whitening method(s) do you use?
Dr. Amy Marckese: We have two. In the take-home method, the patients have trays custom-made for their mouths and a prescription-strength gel to put in them. The other is in office, where we apply bleach to your teeth here.
Dr. Anthony Dee: We have an in-office method, and we also sell Zoom! whitening, which is the kind you take home. We make an impression of your mouth and you put the product in it to wear at night.
Dr. Mark Bohnert: We use an office-home-office technique. First, we use custom-made bleaching mouth trays to deliver a bleaching agent. The custom trays are taken home and worn overnight for 14 days. Then, the patient returns for another office session.
How long does it take?
Marckese: The at-home gel has to be applied for 30 to 60 minutes every day for seven to 14 days. The in-office method is a two-hour appointment.
Dee: With prep time, the in-office method takes about 40 minutes. For the at-home method, I tell people once a day for 30 minutes for 10 to 14 days.
Bohnert: The in-office sessions take approximately 90 minutes each.
How much does it cost?
Marckese: It costs $199 for the take-home kit, $600 for the in-office bleaching and a touch-up kit is $50.
Dee: The in-office method costs $450, and the take-home kit is $55 to $60.
Bohnert: The fee for the sequence is $803, and it includes follow-up material as needed.
How often does someone have to whiten their teeth?
Marckese: There’s no standard answer. It depends on your staining habits. If you drink red wine and I drink white wine and our teeth are the same color, you’re going to have to bleach more than I do.
Dee: I don’t see why you’d need to do in-house whitening more than once a year. You could use at-home methods twice a year, or before a special occasion.
Bohnert: The OHO protocol has proven to be very effective, and touch-ups are minimal.