Caldieraro Family Dentistry

Caldieraro Family Dentistry Wood River, Illinois

Welcome to the dental office of Dr. Caldieraro where we are committed to improving the health and aesthetics of your smile. Serving the residents of Wood River, Illinois and the surrounding areas, Dr. Caldieraro and his experienced staff offer a comprehensive range of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental care to meet all your family’s needs.


It is our mission to provide you with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget. After being seen for an exam, we can pre-authorize any treatment with your insurance, which will include a breakdown of the applicable fees.  We offer a variety of payment options to meet your needs.  Our office accepts payments by cash, checks, and Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.


We accept and work with dental insurance companies.   This includes many PPO and Medicare plans, and some HMO plans.  If you have insurance related questions or are looking for information when you are picking a new plan, call our office and we can help you sort through your options.

Advanced Care and Services

From chipped teeth or missing teeth to discoloration, we offer at-home teeth whitening, porcelain crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants to restore your smile.  We also offer ClearCorrect and orthodontic appliances to help patients achieve a straight, beautiful smile.  We recognize that each case is unique, and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to fit your specific needs.  

Hours & Info

Teeth Whitening FAQ

Professional teeth whitening solutions can make your teeth whiter and brighter, many times dramatically so, but it is important to get a complete dental examination first. Teeth whitening solutions will not whiten any dental work you have, such as crowns, bridges or fillings, so you may want new restorations done after your whitening to match the new shade of your teeth. Also, teeth whitening may not be recommended for patients with dental decay, cracks or leaky fillings because the whitening solution may irritate the tooth’s nerve and cause discomfort or even the need for more extreme procedures such as endodontic treatment. If a patient has sensitive teeth, whitening may make the teeth and/or gums more sensitive, and we will discuss this in more detail at the exam.  

Yes, there are many over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions available. These products are often less concentrated than the whitening gel that we use, but they do generally work.  

All needed dental treatment (fillings, crowns, extractions, etc.) should be completed before we make your whitening trays. It’s worth noting, the results of whitening your teeth will vary from one person to the next. At the initial examination appointment, we can give you an idea of what to expect from whitening.

Tooth whitening usually isn’t an instant process.  You will use your whitening trays for a few weeks.  During and after the whitening process, be careful of the types of food and drinks that you consume, as well as other tooth-staining habits like smoking. Consuming coffee or tea, smoking, etc. will minimize the effects of whitening your teeth.