The most common question that comes up when people are considering teeth whitening is how much will it cost? The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. It depends on the method you choose, whether it is an in-office treatment or an at-home treatment.
Let’s compare the most common products and procedures:
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash are among the cheapest options for tooth whitening. They are great for those on a budget that are looking to gently whiten their teeth without breaking the bank. Whiter teeth can have a dramatic impact on your personal and professional life, and whitening toothpaste and mouthwash are an easy way to make your smile shine.
The most economical option for a powerful system of tooth whitening is using a whitening strip. These in-home strips have many of the same ingredients that are used by dentists in their offices. They can remove stains below the enamel surface.
They are easy to use but they require consistent use in order to maintain. Whitening strips will generally cost up to about $70 or more but generally, are among the most affordable option.
Bleaching Trays and Gels
This option combines both in-office and at-home products for tooth whitening. First, the dentist will create a mold of your teeth. This is called the tray. The tray is then filled by the patient at home. The tray is then kept in the mouth and can dramatically whiten the teeth.
It can be an inconvenience in a person’s daily lifestyle as the trays would need to be removed to eat or drink and will often need to be worn overnight. Consider how you can work a tray into your daily routine and if such an option would work well for you. Bleaching trays often cost around $300, so be certain to factor in the cost as well.
Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser teeth whitening requires an in-office visit and is often an order of magnitude more expensive than an in-home tooth whitening treatment. The treatments generally take about an hour and you get fast dramatic results.
You will often be required to return for maintenance treatments. Laser whitening removes stains on and below the enamel surface. Additionally, the effects last many years and can be a great way to dramatically enhance your smile.
Why should I invest in teeth whitening procedures?
Teeth whitening procedures have been shown to have a number of impacts and benefits on your personal and professional life. A study in 2007 at Loyola Marymount University, found that people with whiter teeth are perceived as more attractive and they receive lover interviews and higher salary offers compared to before the teeth where whitened.
However, for many people, the concern is the only barrier between them and their perfect smile. Luckily there are a number of options that can get you started on your teeth whitening journey.
Start with a consultation at Upland Dental Group & Implant Center in Upland, CA by calling (909) 985-1966 today.