Cost Of Teeth Whitening: How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?
You must have heard how people say a “million dollar smile”, when they see a particularly good smile on someone. This obviously explains how important your smile is, because it is one of the first things people notice about you. You can walk out that door leaving a good impression on colleagues or friends if you have a good smile as an accessory to your good personality.
When we talk about “smiles”, there are a few things to consider. It’s basically the shape, alignment and color of your teeth which decide as to whether you have that awesome smile. Most of us usually like to notice the color of teeth in the first go. If there is any discoloration, which we usually refer to as “yellow teeth”, then that leaves a bad impression. So let’s discuss how we can manage discolored/yellow teeth. Teeth whitening is the procedure which we will look into and also highlight the cost of different teeth whitening methods.
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What Are your Teeth Whitening Options?
There are different methods that can be used for teeth whitening. When you start researching about all of these, you are most likely to get a headache. So we will try to make it simpler for you. Below are the usual options whenever you are considering teeth whitening:
- Professional teeth whitening( In-office bleaching)
- At Home Tray Whitening (trays and gels)
- Whitening Toothpastes and mouthwashes
- Other teeth whitening products/ DIY methods
Professional Teeth Whitening (In-office bleaching)
‘Teeth whitening’ at a dental clinic is usually the most convenient, safe and efficient way to get your teeth whitened. You do not have to do much except lie back and let the dentist work. Teeth-bleaching treatments basically use peroxide-bleaching agents which are applied on your teeth in an isolated manner and light or chemical is used to activate such agents to bring about color change of your discolored/yellow teeth. It takes up to sixty to ninety minutes and you leave the dentist’s office, with immediate results. Now there are two different types of professional teeth whitening.
• Vital bleaching technique
This whitening method is used on teeth that are “living”. Such teeth usually have extrinsic/external stains that need to be removed or have become darker with age.
• Non-vital bleaching
This type of bleaching is meant for non-living teeth, which usually have undergone root canal therapy or have had prior trauma. Such whitening technique, changes the color of darkened teeth from the inside out.
Professional bleaching/whitening of teeth is quite expensive, costing you between $800 and $1000, but the results last for at least 3 years, if you follow your dentist’s instructions.
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At Home Tray Whitening
At home whitening is the most popular method of teeth whitening and the results are also pretty good. There are two ways to perform at home whitening. In the first case, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and your custom-made tray is delivered to you. This tray will fit your teeth exactly, containing the whitening gel (peroxide bleaching agent) which will work on your discolored teeth. The whitening trays are usually worn overnight, till the desired effect/shade is reached. This usually works within a few days but may take up to 1 or 2 weeks. It is important to follow the instructions of your dentist while using this whitening technique, in order to avoid any complications. This method will cost you between $300 and $600.
Now let’s look at the second method. You can buy whitening kits at the drugstore or supermarket, which work in the same way as mentioned above. There are whitening trays present in the kit, which can be molded to fit your teeth, to deliver the whitening product. The trays if used overnight regularly, will give you results after almost 3 weeks, so you’ll have to be a patient. These kits usually cost between $20 and $50.
Whitening Toothpastes and Mouthwashes
Whitening toothpastes are being used by a lot of people who want to keep their smiles bright and fantastic. These toothpastes are widely available at local supermarkets or drugstores, just under $10. Whitening toothpastes actually act by removing surface stains from your teeth, because they contain mild abrasives, but do not alter the natural shade of your teeth. So if you’re drinking a lot of coffee, tea and cola or if you’re smoking, then you can use whitening toothpastes to keep the surface stains under control. Some of the whitening toothpastes also contain polishing agents, which make your smile brighter, but the cost increases according to additional ingredients. If you follow whitening toothpaste with good whitening mouthwash, that will increase the brightening effects. Whitening mouthwashes cost between $10 and $25, depending on the product available to you.
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Other Teeth-Whitening Products
1. Whitening strips
These are readily available at any drugstore or local supermarket. They will cost you up to $35 and you can whiten your teeth yourself. They are easy to use and will show good results after about 2 weeks, if used twice a day for 30 minutes. It is always good to follow the instructions present inside the product.
2. Whitening pens
These products will cost you between $20 and $30. You can easily find them at a good drugstore. You apply the whitening product on your teeth with the pen, leaving it in place for about 45 minutes, without eating or drinking. This routine is repeated almost 3 times a day, to achieve some results after 2 to 4 weeks. Whitening pens take their time to show some results, but also keep in mind that they do not bleach the spaces between your teeth. So you should have not so high expectations of these products.
So How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost Exactly?
Now that we have highlighted all the teeth whitening methods, along with their costs, we would like to discuss certain personal factors which should be kept in mind when you decide to go for teeth whitening procedures, and how these could affect the cost of your overall treatment. First of all, your expectations following bleaching procedures should be at least realistic. If you have darker teeth or more stains, obviously the cost of whitening will increase, if you want a bright and white smile, the amount of product that is being used will also increase, apart from in-office whitening. Some people need to get their teeth cleaned at the dentist before they can start any teeth whitening procedure because they need to have clean teeth and healthy gums. That adds to the cost as well. Another thing that matters is age. Older teeth show different results than younger teeth because younger teeth whiten well and subsequently the products being used and costs are also less. There is one particular thing that also affects your teeth whitening results. If there are any tooth-colored fillings present, they will not change color with the bleaching products. Their shade will stay the same while your natural tooth structure lightens. So if you choose to get your teeth whitened, you will need your dentist to guide you about the replacement of such fillings so that they are the same shade as your whitened teeth, subsequently increasing the costs of the overall treatment.