Teeth Whitening in San Antonio, TX

How Teeth Whitening Works

We have all tried the over-the-counter drugstore whitening products. Whether a toothpaste, a strip, or even a whitening light, these drugstore products can wreak havoc on our enamel and increase the sensitivity of our teeth and gums. If you truly want whiter and healthier teeth, it is time to visit our professional dental team at Empire Dental in San Antonio, Texas.

We offer two professional teeth whitening options in San Antonio that are tested, safe, and provide amazing results for our clients. In fact, you could have a brighter smile by the time you leave our office!


Empire Dental offers both take-home and professional in-office teeth whitening options to better suit your busy schedule. Those looking for fast results should opt for the single visit, in-office treatment. If you’d prefer to whiten at your own pace, you can do so with your very own custom take-home whitening trays from our office.

Whitening System Treatment Time Cost
In-Office One 60 minute office visit $390
Take-Home Once a day for 45 minutes for 2-5 weeks $199

Take-Home Tray Whitening through Bright Rewards

The take-home teeth whitening option is part of our Bright Rewards program. Bright Rewards is FREE to any recipient of our in-office whitening, or for a one-time enrollment fee of $199.

Bright Rewards Breakdown

You begin by getting fitted for a custom bleaching tray. You’ll also be provided two tubes of whitening gel (a $200 value).

  • Wear the trays daily, twice per day for at least 30 minutes each. You may also wear the tray once per day for 45 minutes.
  • It takes as little as 5 days to start seeing a whiter smile! The total whitening program lasts 2-8 weeks depending on your desired outcome.
  • Get a FREE tube of whitening gel (a $40 value) at each of your six-month cleanings.

Bright Rewards Forms

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In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is the most effective way to get a brighter, whiter smile. It typically takes one appointment of about an hour at your dentist’s office and in some cases can include multiple treatments. Professional teeth whitening in San Antonio includes a bleaching gel that contains a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which breaks down oxygen atoms. These oxygen atoms penetrate the enamel and break down the stains that have built up over time. These treatments often use special light activation technology that helps to speed up the whitening process. The results are usually noticeable immediately after treatment.

In just one appointment, our cosmetic dentists are able to dramatically whiten your teeth using Pola Office+.

Check out these before and after photos to see the effects of Pola Office+.

Whitening Case Study

Side Effects of Teeth Whitening

The most common side effect of teeth whitening is temporary tooth sensitivity, which is usually mild and subsides once treatment has ended. Other potential risks include gum irritation, mouth soreness, and chemical burns to the gums or lips. If done incorrectly, teeth whitening can also cause uneven bleaching or discoloration of the teeth. It is important to discuss any potential risks with your dentist before undergoing treatment.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

The length of time your teeth whitening lasts depends on several factors, including the type of whitening treatment used, how well you take care of your teeth afterward, and lifestyle habits such as smoking or drinking coffee/tea/red wine. Results can usually last anywhere from about 6 months to 2 years before needing to be repeated. Professional in-office teeth whitening treatments may last up to three years if you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid habits that stain the teeth. At-home whitening products can also be used to touch up your results between professional treatments. It’s important to note that any type of teeth whitening will only work on natural teeth; it will have no effect on restorations such as fillings, crowns or veneers.

Does Insurance Cover Teeth Whitening?

Most dental insurance policies do not cover the cost of teeth whitening treatments, as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, some employers may offer dental benefits that include coverage for teeth whitening. Be sure to check with your insurance provider or employer to see if you have any coverage available. Without insurance coverage, professional teeth whitening can run anywhere from $300 to $1000 depending on where you get it done.

Schedule Your Empire Dental Teeth Whitening in San Antonio

If you are tired of a dull, discolored smile, it is time to schedule an appointment at Empire Dental! Patients who come in for regular dental cleanings can take advantage of our Bright Rewards program.

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