Do you want a whiter smile? You can try whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and other over the counter whitening products for mediocre results. Or you can get professional teeth whitening at your dentist’s office that will give you more dramatic results.
How much does teeth whitening cost? It depends on a few different factors.
Whitening Treatments Vary in Cost
Depending on the type of whitening treatment you choose, you’ll find drastically different prices.
Over the counter products you can purchase or order:
- Whitening Toothpaste: $3-$20 Almost every brand of toothpaste has a whitening version on the shelves. The range in price depending on the brand and type.
- Whitening Mouthwash: $5-$10 Combining whitening toothpaste with a whitening mouthwash may give you better results that last longer.
- Whitening Strips: $20-$50 These are clear plastic strips that fit over your teeth with a bleaching agent.
- Whitening Gels: $20-$70 Whitening gels are applied to the teeth in different ways depending on the product.
Products you can get at your dentist’s office:
- In-office Whitening Treatment: $300-$1,000 This is professional teeth whitening treatment applied in the dentist’s office. A special light is often used to accelerate the whitening process.
- Take-home Whitening Treatment: $200-$400 Your dentist will make you a custom-fit tray that fits over your teeth and a bleaching gel to apply to your teeth at home.
Why Does Whitening Cost More at the Dentist?
You may be thinking, why should I pay more to get teeth whitening treatment at my dentist’s office when I can just purchase whitening products I can do at home for much less? There are actually a few different reasons.
- Professional-grade whitening treatments are more effective. You will get significantly whiter teeth from the whitening treatment your dentist uses than from over the counter products.
- Professional-grade whitening treatments are safer for your teeth and gums. A protective barrier is put over your gums to protect them from the bleaching agent. It is also gentler on teeth than over the counter products.
- Your dentist can customize your whitening treatment to ensure a natural look. Teeth that are too white can look artificial, which is a common mistake do-it-yourselfers make.
How Does the In-Office Teeth Whitening Procedure Work?
The first step is to protect the gums. A rubber shield can be placed over the gums or sometimes a protective gel is applied to the gums first. Then the bleaching agent (carbamide peroxide) is applied to the teeth and a special light is used to activate the bleaching agent and accelerate the process.
Your teeth may feel a little sensitive for a temporary time following your whitening treatment. Using sensitive teeth toothpaste can help when used for a few weeks after the procedure.
If I Invest in Professional Teeth Whitening, Will My Teeth Stay White?
One of the biggest concerns patients have about teeth whitening is how long the results will last. This depends greatly on your habits. If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, red wine, or dark colored soft drinks, your results may not last as long. Smoking is another teeth staining habit that could more quickly discolor your teeth. If you are not willing to give up these habits, you may want to use the take-home whitening treatment to help your teeth stay whiter longer and protect your investment.
How Much Does Whitening Cost at Brian K. Dennis General and Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you’re looking for affordable professional teeth whitening, Dr. Brian K. Dennis, DDS offers competitive pricing. As listed above, the average price range for in-office teeth whitening is anywhere from $300-$1,000. But our price is at the low end of the range, just $374. Even our take-home whitening system is lower than average at just $200. You can get drastically whiter teeth for an affordable price with our teeth whitening treatment.