The evolution of our society brings new challenges, besides professional, material, and statutory requirements.
The “Trend” puts pressure on the “look” not only in terms of fashion but also in terms of cosmetics, aesthetic dentistry having increasing attention into this category.
Clean and healthy teeth are the ideal of any dental treatment, but sometimes patients are not satisfied with just that and appeal to cosmetic dental treatments.
One of these treatments, perhaps the most required, is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can be done through methods that do not require a visit to the dentist, and also through special procedures that are done only in the dental office. You can do all that only if your other dental problems are solved in advance.
- The “Over-the-Counter” products cost from $20 to $150 or more.
- A take-home kit from a dentist costs from $100 to $500 or more.
- Treatment in a dentist’s office costs from $300 to $1,000 or more.
You have three options if you want to get your teeth whitened:
- Products that you can buy from a drugstore like gels, strips or trays;
- Your dentist can give you a take-home customized kit for teeth whitening;
- Whitening treatment in a dentist’s office.
All these methods use peroxide for the teeth whitening, but there is a difference in the type and concentration of the peroxide, and also in the way it is applied and time it needs for the wanted result.
If you choose to buy from drugstore products like whitening rinses or pens for less than $20 you should know that their role is to maintain a newly whitened smile or if you didn’t whiten your teeth you will see, in the best case, a slight shade change.
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The whitening gels, strips, rinses, or one-size-fits-all trays cost around $20 to $150, but you will find more likely these types of products at the average price of $25- $100 because it depends on what is included. These types of products usually have a lower strength, their activities have a slower bleaching agent like 10% carbamide peroxide, the same as 3% hydrogen peroxide, but some of them need light to speed the teeth whitening process.
Another way to whiten your teeth is the treatments from whitening stands or stores from spas, beauty salons, malls, and so on, for about $50 to $200 per treatment and they have the same effect as products from the drugstores.
Depending on the area you live in or the dentist you go to, to give you a take-home customized kit for teeth whitening costs from $100 to $500 and it includes custom-made trays with a stronger bleaching agent.
In case you choose to whiten your teeth in a dentist’s office you should know that this type of treatment costs from $300 to $1,000, but the real average is about $500-$700. These treatments have the strongest bleaching agent with a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, about 15% – 43%. The surrounding gums and the teeth that aren’t treated are covered with a rubber dam or a protective coating. Some of these systems use lasers or light in order to speed the process. If a certain patient has stubborn stains on his teeth he can be asked to come again for another session or he can use a take-home customized kit for additional treatment, of course for an additional cost.
Because it is considered a cosmetic procedure with no health or functional benefit, teeth whitening is not covered by dental insurance.
Will the average working Joe afford teeth whitening?
Although there are a lot of people that won`t afford to go to a dentist’s office to get a professional teeth whitening, most people will afford over-the-counter products that won’t cost more than $150.
If you’re really self-conscious about your looks or if you have visible stains on your teeth, having your teeth whitened will give you a lot of self-confidence.