Everyone wants a beautiful white smile. The smile is the first thing most people notice about someone. White teeth appear younger and healthier. For patients looking to brighten their smile, there is an option for every price range. Give us a call to schedule your teeth whitening appointment today.
For the best results, choose laser teeth whitening. Only a dentist can perform this. While options like whitening strips take time to see significant results, laser treatment is much faster. This option is also available on single teeth if only one tooth is a problem. During the appointment, the dentist applies the whitening solution to the teeth. A laser is then used to activate the solution. Depending on how well the patient cares for their teeth, this method could last years. It is the most expensive choice, however. Costs vary from provider to provider and the severity of the tooth discoloration. On average, expect to pay anywhere from $650 to $1,000 for one session. Insurance usually does not cover teeth whitening.
The next option is take-home dental trays. This system also requires a dentist. First, a mold is made of the teeth for an exact fit. The patient takes the completed molds home and applies the whitening gel at home. They wear the mold for a specified time, usually a few hours. When choosing a dentist-provided tray over a store-bought one, you are ensuring quality and a personalized fit. A take-home dental tray will cost from $200 to $400. Again, although it requires a visit to a dentist, whitening is not typically covered by insurance.
Thanks to modern advances, whitening systems are now available for purchase over the counter. Whitening strips, trays, and lights can be found at grocery stores and pharmacies. This is easily the most convenient and cost-effective option. Systems include generic mouth trays, strips, or even a special LED light for activating the solution. Different products require different time frames. Some trays and strips may require overnight use, while some products claim to whiten teeth in only 5 minutes. Online services have been gaining popularity as well. The bleaching gel in over the counter kits is not as strong as those administered by dentists. Also, methods like strips typically only whiten the front of the teeth. Dentist-administered whitening reaches all the teeth. Over the counter, treatments have offered a wide price range. Systems can be simple and cost less than $10. More complicated methods can cost over $200.
Be sure to research the different oral care methods and decide which method best fits your life and your budget. Teeth whitening strips could also be an option for you.