Want a brighter, more radiant smile? One surefire way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. A wide range of treatment options are available, and the best approach for you will depend on several factors, including the amount of dental work you’ve had, your level of oral sensitivity, and the color of your teeth. Our experienced cosmetic dentists offer both professional in-office teeth bleaching and at-home options. As a result, you can select the method that suits your cosmetic goals and personal preferences.
What are the benefits of teeth whitening?
The most obvious benefit of teeth whitening is that your smile can look brighter and more cosmetically appealing. But in addition to aesthetic benefits, teeth whitening has some other advantages that can be more subtle. First impressions matter a great deal, and showing off a healthy-looking, white smile can provide a positive influence during meetings, interviews, and dates. Patients often report greater feelings of confidence and well-being after whitening their smiles, and most people feel more comfortable smiling openly and freely. You may also discover other perks, as each person’s experience can be unique. We are happy to discuss some of the benefits our patients have expressed if you’d like to know more.
What is the best teeth whitening option for me?
- Whitening toothpastes: Typically found at your local drug store, market, or pharmacy, whitening toothpastes can help remove minor surface stains and allow you to maintain your results after a professional brightening treatment.
- Professional bleaching: Usually completed in one visit, professional whitening begins with one of our dentists applying a bleaching agent to the teeth while shielding the gums to reduce possible irritation. Sometimes, special lights are used to enhance the process. Natural teeth can be instantly whitened by several shades.
- Home bleaching: Used alone or in conjunction with an in-office treatment, home bleaching usually involves wearing a mouthguard containing a peroxide-based whitener for a period of several days. This method is dentist-prescribed and can offer far more dramatic results than over-the-counter options.
Professional teeth whitening is often the most popular approach, as this method is typically more effective in dealing with deep, set-in stains. Professional whitening also can be completed quickly in an office setting, or performed at home if you prefer.
Over-the-Counter Vs. Professional Teeth Whitening
Toothpastes and natural teeth whitening options such as charcoal teeth whitening and coconut oil teeth whitening can provide mild improvement for some individuals, but these “all-natural” products have not been evaluated for efficacy and safety, therefore you should be very cautious about using them. Furthermore, some toothpastes and charcoal products may be too abrasive for teeth, causing damage rather than enhancing your smile. Of course, you also have the option of over-the-counter whitening strips and trays. These techniques typically utilize bleaching agents similar to, but much weaker than, those used by professionals; however, the quality may be significantly lower. If you have any questions about a teeth whitening option, please don’t hesitate to ask us during your appointment.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Depending on the unique details of your treatment plan, teeth whitening prices can vary dramatically. According to RealSelf.com reviewers, the average price of teeth whitening can range from $400 to $800. These numbers do not necessarily reflect the cost of treatment at our practice. Our dentists will evaluate your needs, determine what type of technique can best address your dental stains, and customize your program. During this process, we will also discuss the cost, giving you the information you need to make the decision for your lifestyle.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and easiest ways to improve your smile. If you’re interested in learning more about your options, please give us a call for more information or to schedule a consultation.