Will Medicaid Cover My Teeth Whitening Procedure?

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One of the best ways to improve your smile and increase your confidence is to improve your oral health.

Oral health plays a crucial part in the way we go about our lives and people who are suffering from issues with their teeth or gums can suffer many psychological side effects as well. Having a confident smile can improve many other aspects of your life, which is why dentists are so dedicated to making sure you are as happy as can be with your teeth.

This is also why most dental offices offer certain cosmetic procedures even if they aren’t strictly medically necessary, such as veneers, or the most common procedure: teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a general term for the process of bleaching and removing stains from your teeth, making them whiter and shine bright.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is a general term for multiple processes that result in the same thing: brighter teeth. Teeth whitening can come in many forms, including:

  • At-home kits involving mouth guards and gels
  • In-office visits with strong whitening agents
  • Low-impact maintenance treatments such as whitening toothpaste and mouthwash

These processes all work on similar principles. Bleach is used to remove stains from your teeth that are there due to things like coffee, wine, and tobacco, which cause discoloring of the enamel over time. Outside of regular teeth cleaning and polishing, these substances can be removed with bleach. This usually takes a few treatments and can result in teeth that are multiple shades whiter.

The options also range in price and effectiveness. For example, the whitening toothpastes that are commonly available are only somewhat effective in brightening your teeth. At the other end, in-office treatments with a dentist are more expensive but also highly effective. A compromise is take-home kits such as whitening strips or mouth guards. Typically, you repeat these treatments for a week or two and results are fairly effective in terms of brightening your smile.

Does Medicare Cover Teeth Whitening?

Medicare is only for medical treatments meant to preserve and improve your oral health. While teeth whitening can be a very important process for your own confidence and image, it is not covered under Medicaid.

However, Beechcroft Dental does offer a teeth whitening treatment that you can elect to purchase outside of Medicaid. This is an affordable and highly effective alternative to whitening toothpastes and strips. Rest assured, there are multiple low cost options out there to whiten your teeth and brighten your smile.

If you think your teeth can stand to be whitened a few shades or are not confident in your smile, contact us today at Beechcroft Dental. Our experienced staff can help craft the solution that best meets your needs while staying conscious of your budget.

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