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Teeth Whitening

If you have discolored teeth or are dissatisfied with over-the-counter whitening products, you may be seeking a more effective solution.

Teeth whitening has become popular for its fast and safe results. Your teeth can become up to seven shades whiter with our treatment.

Dr. Mike Meek and Dr. David Tasch can enhance your smile with professional teeth whitening at their Austin, TX, practice.

Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening

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Our dentists use Opalescence™ Boost™ whitening products for in-office teeth whitening. This award-winning whitening system uses hydrogen peroxide as the main bleaching agent. Opalescence bleaching gel is chemically activated, not activated via LED like many other professional solutions. This means you won't be bothered by any bright lights during your treatment.

Another benefit of Opalescence is that the formula contains potassium nitrate and fluoride. These chemicals complement the bleaching agent, soothe sensitivity, and work to strengthen the enamel, which makes Opalescence a great choice for most smiles.

Teeth whitening appointments at our dental office in Austin, TX, typically take less than an hour. Opalescence bleaching is performed in two or three rounds that take 20 minutes each. At the end of your session, you'll enjoy noticeably brighter results that can last up to three years with good dental care. When it comes time for a touch-up, it's as simple as booking another short appointment with your Austin dentists.

Professional At-Home Teeth Whitening

Our Austin, TX, dentists offer Opalescence PF take-home teeth whitening, which features a professional-strength bleaching gel that contains carbamide peroxide, potassium nitrate, and fluoride. These ingredients can eliminate deep stains while also minimizing sensitivity. The custom-made trays are ideal for longer wear throughout the day and overnight. Opalescence whitening gel is available in different flavors and concentrations, so you can find the right one for your needs. 

To whiten at home, you will wear the whitening trays for a specified period of time each day. Depending on your individual needs, you may wear your trays for as little as 15 minutes or overnight. In just 10 days, you can have a smile up to seven shades brighter.

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This approach to whitening is much safer and more effective than over-the-counter bleaching products.

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There's a reason why so many people turn to their dentists rather than the pharmacy for brighter smiles—it's because professional teeth whitening really works! Both in-office sessions and take-home kits offer safer, more effective treatment that's fully customized. We can even adjust your whitening formula to account for your specific tooth shade and any dental sensitivity.

If teeth whitening isn't the best option for your smile, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including dental bonding and veneers, which can give you similarly stunning results. 

No matter which treatment you choose for your smile upgrade, it all begins with a consultation at our Austin, TX, office. You can get started by contacting us online or calling:

(512) 458-6222

"38th Street Dental is the best!" 5-Star Reviews From Austin, TX, Patients


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Austin, TX


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38th Street Dental is the best! Dr. Meek and staff always make you feel welcome. They don't treat you like the typical no-name patient; they treat you like one of their own and make you feel special! They have state of the art equipment which makes treatment plans spot-on and more efficient and effective. I only wish I had found them when I moved into Austin years ago. Great Job Dr. Meek and Team!

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M. Manley

Austin, TX


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I love Dr. Tasch and this practice. Dr. Tasch truly listens, and I'm so lucky to have found him. Everyone at 38th Street is so professional and kind. They always listen to my concerns, and give me the BEST treatment plan, that I can afford.

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Advantages of Professional Take-Home Whitening Kits Vs. Over-the-Counter Whitening Products

More Effective Than OTC Products

Our take-home kits provide the convenience of over-the-counter whitening products, but with more effective results. Over-the-counter products such as whitening toothpastes cannot match the professional strength and safety of dentist-prescribed and -supervised whitening systems.

Whiten Your Teeth On Your Schedule

By treating your teeth for as little as 15 minutes per day for 10 days, you will be able to see a dramatic difference in your smile. And you can feel confident knowing you are not damaging your teeth with over-the-counter products such as abrasive whitening toothpastes. Many patients with teeth sensitivity prefer this more gradual and conservative option over in-office whitening treatments.

Easy Touch-Up Treatments

Once you have reached your desired shade, you can easily maintain your results with touch-up treatments. You can continue using your customized trays and will simply need to purchase more bleaching gel at our Austin practice for regular upkeep. This also provides a significant time savings compared to in-office whitening.

Hydrogen Peroxide vs. Carbamide Peroxide

Over-the-counter, at-home, and in-office teeth whitening products contain varying concentrations of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to whiten the teeth. Opalescence PF take-home whitening products contain five different concentrations of the bleaching agent carbamide peroxide, which releases its whitening agents over a longer duration of time. Conversely, most in-office, hydrogen peroxide-based treatments release their whitening power within the first hour of treatment.

Teeth Whitening Costs

An in-office whitening treatment costs $325 at our Austin, TX, practice. Take-home whitening kits cost $80. While teeth whitening is considered cosmetic dentistry and is therefore not covered by insurance, we accept financing through CareCredit®, which can keep treatment affordable on virtually any budget. CareCredit offers loans with little or no interest, repayable in manageable monthly installments.

Is It Really Worth It?

With so many whitening toothpastes, strips, and gels available for purchase, you may be wondering whether it's worth it to have your teeth professionally whitened. We (and many satisfied teeth whitening patients) say absolutely.

Professional whitening offers you customizable treatment options, quicker treatment times, better durability, and more noticeable results. The cost of over-the-counter products can quickly add up and exceed the cost of professional treatment. You can get more bang for your buck during a single whitening session with our dentists.

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Donna Baldinell

Austin, TX


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I received fantastic care from the first contact by phone, and then from moment I walked in through the door until I left. Dr. Meek is fantastic as are all of the other staff!! I received wonderful care and attention throughout my visit. 5++stars

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Austin, TX


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Great visit at the dentist today. How often can most people say that? You can say that at 38th Street Dental often. The dental tech was. Dry professional and gave my teeth a great cleaning. I had a nice visit with Dr Meek who in my opinion is the best dentist I have ever seen. Highly recommend 38th Street Dental.

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38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, utilizes the latest proven technology to provide you personalized dental care. Dr. Meek and Dr. Tasch are members of local and national dental associations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Capital Area Dental Society

To schedule an appointment, call us at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online today!

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