1301 E Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Wasilla, AK 99654

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“Why aren’t my teeth whitening?!?!”

You’ve tried teeth whitening strips, gels, toothpastes, mouth rinses…still, your teeth won’t whiten. It’s more common than you may think. The problem could be that your dental stains can’t be whitened, or even lightened. What you think are topical stains may actually be discoloration embedded within your tooth structure, so chemical whitening will never be effective.

In Wasilla, AK, Dr. Jason Lane offers various cosmetic dentistry treatments to whiten teeth. Once he understands the types of stains your teeth have, he’ll suggest an effective treatment, so you can stop wasting money on unproductive solutions. Call us now at 907-373-2200 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lane.

Topical and Embedded Stains

There are two distinct types of dental stains: topical, or extrinsic, and embedded, or intrinsic. Knowing the type of stains your teeth have will allow you to find effective teeth whitening treatment.

Topical stains develop on tooth enamel. Dental enamel is porous, so red wine, dark sauces, and berries will discolor it. Tobacco, tea, and coffee can create a yellow or brown look, while other stains may appear as blue or gray. A chemical oxidation process can lift stains from dental enamel, leaving bright white teeth behind. This type of whitening is available over the counter in strips, gels, toothpastes, and mouth rinses, and in the dentist’s office. Teeth whitening systems that are available in a dentist’s office have a higher concentration of active ingredient. So, if your topical teeth stains have not responded well to over-the-counter products, dentist-administered teeth whitening may be effective.

Embedded stains usually present as either a blue-gray hue or as bright white lines that run horizontally. Oftentimes, the blue-gray discoloration is due to tetracycline, a type of antibiotic. This type of discoloration results from a patient’s mother taking the drug while pregnant, or the patient ingesting the drug early in life. White lines across teeth occur from fluorosis, a build up of fluoride in teeth while they are developing. This, too, occurs during childhood. Swallowing fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash day after day causes the lines that will be present in permanent teeth. Usually, we notice fluorosis on front teeth, those that show when a person smiles. Tetracycline and fluorosis are just two common examples of intrinsic dental stains.

How to Know the Difference

The white lines of fluorosis are unique, so you’ll know them on sight. However, identifying the blue-gray hue caused by tetracycline may not be as readily identifiable. The best way to know the difference is for a dentist to diagnose your dental stains. Only then will you know for sure whether chemical bleaching, or whitening, is going to be effective.

The Right Teeth Whitening for Your Issues

Chemical teeth whitening systems address topical dental stains. If your stains are topical, but you’re frustrated with poor results from store-bought whitening kits, talk with Dr. Lane about professional chemical whitening, administered in our office. Because the solution we use is more potent than what you can purchase, results are often more dramatic.

Embedded stains require covering, not bleaching. Porcelain or composite veneers tend to work best, though ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are also a treatment option. Dr. Lane offers all of these cosmetic procedures. He will review the benefits of each with you, provide his recommendation based on his clinical findings and your goals, then help you determine the next steps toward a bold, brighter, healthy-looking smile.

Schedule a Consult Now

Are you ready for whiter teeth? Call Lane Family Dental in Wasilla, AK today at 907-373-2200 to reserve your appointment with Dr. Lane. Dental insurance does not normally cover the cost of teeth whitening, but we will work with you to find a treatment option that meets your needs and fits your budget.

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Office Hours

  • Monday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
Paulette E
Paulette E
22:45 09 Feb 18
About a year or so ago I discovered Lane Dental. Due to circumstances in my life I hadn’t been to a dentist in a really long time. They were very caring and kind. Since then I’ve had some teeth removed and am currently having a partial made. They have been patiently working with me and my insurance. Asia has been wonderful to work with for my scheduling and Dr. lane has been so kind and gentle. His assistants have been a real pleasure also. Thank you to the entire staff ?
Ryan Hill
Ryan Hill
17:43 21 Mar 18
I have always had a wonderful experience with this office. Everyone is always nice and welcoming. The office is clean and beautifully decorated. I would recommend this office to anyone.
Jan Miller
Jan Miller
17:14 02 Dec 17
Finally, a dentist I look forward to coming to. Great staff, lovely warm waiting area. Dr.Lane is gentle, kind and professional. He explains each process so you know what he is doing. My teeth look great after he fixed some chips in my front teeth.I highly recommend Lane Family Dentistry.
Macey Shapiro
Macey Shapiro
19:53 05 Mar 18
The best dentist I’ve had in my 60 years. Absolutely impeccably clean facilities. New facilities. The latest techniques and strategies to provide excellent dental care. And most of all the least amount of pain I’ve ever felt at the dentist.
Douglas Gregory
Douglas Gregory
01:07 30 Nov 17
Fantastic customer service! Everybody there is very friendly and easy to talk to. They explained everything that was going on with my teeth, provided a plan to get them back in good shape, and cleaned em up real nice. It may have been a while since my last trip to a dentist, but I don't remember the visits being so relaxing.
Jessica M.
Jessica M.
02:11 28 Apr 18
Great atmosphere, staff, and dentist. I had a bad experience the last time I went to the dentist so I was petrified to go in but this place was totally relieving. Me and my family will always be coming here with our dental needs.
Adrian Hull
Adrian Hull
00:16 01 May 18
My husband and I recently found Lane Family Dental. We are both so pleased with their professionalism, modern equipment and outstanding care. The people at the front and Dr. Lane's dental assistant are bright, cheeful and professional as well. Living in Talkeetna we are so pleased they have two offices, one being in Willow which is quite convenient. Thank you Lane Family Dental for providing such great care to the Mat-Su Valley.
Kim Washington
Kim Washington
20:20 22 May 18
I have really truly tried to avoid all dentist's! But I love Lane Family Dentist!! Very Much Looking Forward to my next appointments!! Must Visit!! You Wont Be Disappointed ?!! 5'Stars!!
Ronald Chester
Ronald Chester
00:22 23 May 18
Al though I went a long time without teeth I am glad to have them now Dr Lane is very good he is the best dentist I have ever been to he cares about my teeth he didn't hurt me like some have in the past I would like to thank him and his staff they ate all caring and professional people I highly recommend his dental services thanks
Caroll Denton
Caroll Denton
03:09 15 Jun 18
I'm pretty self conscious about my teeth, when I went into Lane Family Dental I felt very comfortable, and welcomed as soon as I opened the door. The staff here are amazing! I also enjoy how customer based the office is with refreshments, massage chairs and Netflix. After 10 years of trying to find a good dentist, Dr. Lane is by far the best.
Rebecca Abshire
Rebecca Abshire
20:31 15 Jun 18
I had so much built up anxiety from not going to regular dental check ups like I probably should have but the staff was phenomenal! They all made me feel comfortable, didn't judge me, and had great hospitality. The hygentist was sweet, and gentle. I have not experienced that in a long time. I'm actually excited to go back in a few months for another cleaning. From the time I walked in to the time I left I felt like I chose the right place to go.
Angela Lundvall
Angela Lundvall
01:48 26 Jun 18
This is the second time I’ve gone here and I’m still blown away by the service and attention to detail. Prior to these guys, I used to dread dental visits. At this office, they go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable and happy. We just had our first child three weeks ago and I had to bring him with. I hoped that he would sleep through, but of course he woke up as soon as I showed up for the appt. He was hungry, but instead of getting upset with sticking to time schedules, they encouraged me to make sure he ate enough and burped before we started. He was still fussy, so their receptionist (she is amazing) held him while their dental hygienist (she was also awesome) did my x-rays and then we tucked him in the chair with me during the cleaning. Love it! My teeth are super shiny clean and both this mamma and her baby are very satisfied customers. ^_^
Jess Adams
Jess Adams
02:25 21 Jul 18
Very professional and nice people. Facility and dental equipment new and up to date! 5 out 5 stars!????
cristina mcanulty
cristina mcanulty
01:10 25 Jul 18
I had an issue come up after hours and I sent them a message via Messenger and they immediately responded and were able to fit me in today!!! I’m so thankful for their help, but most of all for their amazing customer service and care for patients. I would absolutely recommend them for all of your dental needs.
Heather Tallman
Heather Tallman
00:13 10 Oct 18
Dr Lane Family Dentistry is absolutely wonderful! My kids love to go here! Friendly, great customer service, thorough cleanings!
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LANE FAMILY DENTAL OF WASILLA

1301 E PALMER-WASILLA HIGHWAY
WASILLA, AK 99654

Office Hours

  • Monday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
Call Us Today (907) 373-2200