Dental bleaching [2018 price] all systems

How much does tooth whitening cost?

The approximate price is US$300 for the semi homemade system: buy the custom trays and gel at the clinic and do the whitening at home. Without a doubt the most balanced method, in terms of price and efficiency. With proven results, it is the ideal dental whitening. Learn why.

Dental bleaching at home or at the clinic?

comparison of different systems (including prices)

Home teeth whitening
Photo with custom trays and bleaching gel syringe

. Laser bleaching - It is a procedure performed in the dental clinic with laser and a bleaching gel. The translucent gel is applied to the teeth and the light from a laser is used to activate the crystals contained in the gel. By absorbing the energy of light as they penetrate the tooth enamel, they increase its whitening effect. The duration of the treatment depends on the degree of discoloration.

The advantage is in speed. Usually one visit to the clinic is all you need to get a brighter smile.
The downside is the sudden and drastic change in the color of the teeth, immediately noticed by all known people. This is the most expensive method of all but also the fastest. Laser bleaching of the two maxillary arches costs an average of US$600 Note that there is often a great increase of teeth sensitivity for a day or two. Prevent yourself with some pain medication.

. Clinic bleaching with custom trays - Whitening teeth in dental office sessions with custom trays, produces good results in the shortest possible time, only surpassed by laser bleaching. It has the sole disadvantage of being more expensive than other alternatives described below.

. Bleaching at home after gettting everything you need at the clinic - This method is equally effective, although the expected results take longer to reach. The trays will have to be used a few hours a day (it can be at night). Depending on the strength of the gel, the results take from 3 days to 2 weeks, to be fully achieved.
# Recommended dental whitening system #

The gel and the custom trays can be purchased from your dentist. The difference between this method and the former, is that the dentist's gel is more concentrated and shoul be used under surveillance.

On some TradeMark GO system, do not waste your money. At a slightly higher cost, choose custom trays and 10% gel concentration. You get faster and better results for almost the same price. On the other hand, the Universal 6% GO system can play a relevant role as a maintenance bleaching.

. Home bleaching strips - The whitening strips are on sale in any pharmacy. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and most work satisfactorily. Its employment and its result extends over a longer period than the alternatives mentioned above. In addition there is some disparity between the products available in the market. Tests prove significant differences between the strips that can be purchased. You may want to do some additional research if you want to try out this system.

. Whitening Toothpaste - These whitening toothpastes contain soft abrasives that help remove stains from teeth. Some also add polishing agents and special chemicals. However, toothpastes, whitening or not, are ineffective

. Whitening dental pen - This type of product is the target of very aggressive advertising campaigns and involves chain sales schemes through the internet, where supposed patients say results wonders. However it has no effectiveness. The only magic it produces is to make money disappear from people's wallets.

. Other whitening products - New whitening products come every day. They include chewing gums, dental tapes and liquids for mouthwash. These products are relatively new to the market, so there are not enough studies to prove or disprove their effectiveness.

Bleaching your teeth, how does it work?

Teeth whitening has become so popular that it seems to be done by everyone. If you want to have a bright white smile, bleaching or tooth whitening may be the solution you are looking for.
Not only is tooth whitening effective, it can drastically change your smile and improve self-esteem, it's true.
The peroxide compound in whitening products is responsible for making your teeth whiter and brighter.
Only prolonged exposure to hydrogen peroxide will produce effects. That is why many methods that promise white teeth, fail at the goal. Some considerations should be brought into mind:

  1. Teeth stains and tartar deposits need to be removed by the dentist or hygienist prior to the application of any product.
  2. Old restorations, inlays or onlays, white fillings and Porcelain veneers are not subject to bleaching, so they need to be redone in the hue closest to the one that will be obtained after treatment.
  3. Inner tooth stains, congenital or derived from root canal treatments call for a different approach and may not be fully resolved. They need another type of individual bleaching done in the clinic.
  4. Natural teeth of brownish or gray color are more difficult to achieve the desired 'white'. Typically, yellowed teeth have better results.
  5. Pregnant or lactating mothers should avoid this treatment because there are not enough studies on their effects during these periods.
  6. People with hypersensitive teeth should also avoid bleaching because this process increases the level of discomfort they already experience.
  7. Only the teeth become whiter. Whitening products do not affect dental crowns, dental bridges, composite restorations or dental prostheses. Keep this in mind so you do not end up in a situation with lighter teeth and dark restorations.
  8. Bleaching is not recommended for minors.
  9. A tooth darkened by necrosis (nerve death) needs to be treated from the inside to make it lighter, in addition to exterior bleaching.
  10. There are no homemade tricks to whiten your teeth. That is to attract visitors to sites, or sell products without great effectiveness, nothing more.

It is important to have realistic expectations. It may take several treatments to achieve a whiter smile. The result of bleaching may not be permanent because the teeth are subject to sources of color contamination such as food, beverages, smoke, etc. Also the results vary from person to person.

Perfect White Teeth

Not always a perfect 'hollywood white' smile is obtained with the a tooth whitening system but rather with the placement of porcelain veneers. In fact this procedure is mainly intended to correct small defects in the shape and surface of the teeth. However, it can also be used to get whiter teeth.

How long does a dental whitening last?

The duration of a whitening treatment depends on proper dental hygiene. For example, tooth brushing after consumption of food or beverages with potential for pigmentation of teeth. The results usually remain for one/two years. It all depends on your care. Of course the teeth will undergo some pigmentation over time. For optimum maintenance, in addition to the indicated care, you can repeat the bleaching procedure every two/three years.