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Teeth Whitening

Over time, teeth can become stained by aging, dark-colored foods and beverages, and other factors.

White, bright teeth and the confidence they provide can make lasting impressions on everyone you meet.

At Riverside Dental in Rio Rancho, NM, dentist Barbara Lewis-Heywood offers teeth whitening that can brighten your smile in just one hour.

Professional Teeth Whitening 
Can Dramatically Transform Your Smile

Hydrogen peroxide bleaching gels can brighten your tooth color by several shades, delivering a brighter, whiter, and healthier-looking smile. When performed professionally, whitening can achieve the desired results without tooth sensitivity and other troublesome side effects.
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What causes tooth discoloration in the first place?

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A gorgeous smile can boost your confidence and set you on the track to success in your personal and professional life. Whitening, along with other cosmetic dentistry procedures, can provide incredible enhancement to your smile and make you feel more self-assured.

Patients who are interested in learning about whitening or any of our other cosmetic procedures should schedule a visit at our Rio Rancho, NM, practice. Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood has over 20 years of experience providing patients with top-tier, compassionate dental care. Contact us online anytime or call (505) 922-6000 to schedule a free consultation. We welcome patients from throughout Greater Albuquerque.

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Shon Cobbs


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Could not have been more pleased. Dr. Lewis-Howard’s COVID precautions were perfect (which is something I care about greatly). Her care and attention were beyond any dental care I’ve had back in Denver. I’m so happy to have found her practice. Highly recommended.

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Ashley Ackerman


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With all of the anxiety and fear I have had with my teeth, I don't think I could have found another person better to rid me of it like Barbara has. I'm extremely excited to see what she is able to do for me.

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Teeth Whitening Options 
At Our Rio Rancho, NM Practice

Dr. Lewis-Heywood offers two different teeth whitening options: in-office whitening or at-home kits. In both cases, she uses professional-grade hydrogen peroxide bleaching agents that can whiten your teeth several shades in a short amount of time.
Ultradent™ Boost In-Office Whitening

Ultradent™ Boost In-Office Whitening

Our advanced in-office teeth whitening process can be completed in less than one hour. When you come in, Dr. Lewis-Heywood first discusses your goals and then chooses the right strength of bleaching agent. She applies the whitening gel to your teeth, taking care to protect your gums, and then uses an ultraviolet light to activate the gel. When you’re through, you walk out with whiter teeth.

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Ultradent™ At-Home Whitening Kits

If you’d prefer to whiten your teeth at your own leisure, Dr. Lewis-Heywood offers at-home kits using customized trays. The dentist supplies you with both the whitening trays and hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel. We will give you detailed instructions on how to apply the bleaching gel and how long to wear the trays. Most patients can see dramatic results in about two weeks.

How Professional Whitening Works

Dentist-supervised whitening is safer and more effective than store-bought products like whitening toothpaste, strips, and rinses. The hydrogen peroxide gel used for professional whitening is more concentrated, which means patients can enjoy a brighter smile in less time.
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The bleaching gel penetrates deep into the enamel to eliminate stains and discoloration.

In-Office Bleaching Process

During a free consultation at our practice, Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood will assess your teeth and gums to ensure you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Patients considering in-office bleaching can see results in just one hour. Here's what to expect, from start to finish:

Day of Procedure

Barrier Placement

Because the hydrogen peroxide gel is concentrated, a barrier will be placed to protect your gums and other soft oral tissues.

Application of Bleaching Gel

Your dentist will carefully apply the bleaching gel to every visible tooth surface. Special care is taken to ensure even results.

Letting the Gel Work

The bleaching agent will be left on each tooth for approximately 15 minutes, during which a chemical reaction will break apart stains.

Rinse and Repeat

The clinician will rinse off the bleaching gel and reapply it to every tooth, leaving in place for another 15 minutes. This process is repeated three to four times.

Enjoy Your New Smile

Once desired results have been achieved, you can walk out of our office with your brand-new, beautiful, dazzling white smile.

"Kind, Knowledgeable, and Patient-Oriented..." 


Brandon Silva


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Dr. Lewis is very knowledgeable, she took the time to take care of me and did a great job. She is a great person.

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Melissa Benavidez


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Dr. Heywood is kind, knowledgeable and patient-oriented. If you're looking for a dentist she is a great choice!

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Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD

Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa

Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD, is proud to offer state-of-the-art dentistry to patients from Rio Rancho and throughout the greater Albuquerque, NM, area. She is affiliated with SurgicalMaster. In addition to dental care, our office features a luxurious medical spa offering wellness and facial rejuvenation treatments. Some of our most popular services include:

We offer free consultations to first-time patients. To get in touch with our friendly team, please contact us online or call  (505) 922-6000 

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