Today, there are teeth whitening solutions for every budget and every smile, it really just depends on your needs. Teeth whitening prices vary depending on the methods used and whether you have your teeth bleached in a professional environment or not.
At Randwick Smiles we are pleased to offer our patients the latest in whitening technology, enabling you to get faster results. Image experts claim that the fastest and easiest way to look younger is to have whiter teeth. Yellowing of the teeth is, after all, a natural side effect of the ageing process. But how much are these treatments and what does teeth whitening cost? Let’s take a look.
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
If you want to spend as little as possible you can get yourself a whitening toothpaste for less than $10 a tube. It’s important to note that whitening toothpastes can only remove surface stains from the teeth and they cannot penetrate and bleach the dentin inside. They contain abrasives but you may need to use them for an extended period of time before you start to see favourable results.
How will it help? Well if you have stains that have been caused by tea, coffee, or tobacco, whitening toothpaste may be able to help you. Of course, you do get what you pay for, so a $10 toothpaste will not have the same effect as a whitening treatment administered by your dentist.
Teeth Whitening Strips
For patients who want to do their whitening treatment at home, there are plenty of tooth whitening strips on the market to try. And the good news is that they are relatively affordable.
Teeth whitening strips are produced with the bleaching agent attached to one side. When you’re ready to use them, you peel off the backing and position them across your teeth. The kit will specify how long you should leave the bleaching agent on for.
You may need to wear them for a few days or weeks, depending on each brand’s instructions.
Teeth whitening strips are usually priced at between $30 and $50 for a box.
In-Chair Teeth Whitening
Professional whitening is performed by your dentist and usually produces the best results for a number of reasons. Firstly your dentist knows more about whitening and your teeth than any box or whitening strip. He or she will also be able to give you an idea of how much whiter your teeth could be and administer the treatment in a professional environment.
On average most patients need two to six visits, depending on the starting shade of their teeth, and their desired shade after treatment.
In-chair teeth whitening usually starts at around $800, but this will depend on the system offered by your dentist, and the number of sessions you require for the treatment.
Remember that teeth whitening products either contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as bleaching agents, so when the products are packaged to use at home the bleach is in a lower concentration than what your dentist is authorised to use. This means that at-home treatments will take longer to work and may offer less noticeable results than what your dentist can achieve in a professional setting. In other words, it is worth paying a bit more to get a great result.
Maintaining A White Smile Post-Treatment
Because the yellowing process is a natural part of ageing you should remember that your teeth will not remain white after the treatment. You may want to consider some lifestyle adjustments to prolong the effects of the treatment. These could include quitting smoking and avoiding staining beverages like tea, coffee, cola, and red wine.
Your dentist may be able to recommend a high-quality whitening toothpaste that can prolong the effects of treatment for as long as possible but you will probably require to follow up visits at certain intervals in the future.
Still have questions about teeth whitening costs or want to find out how much brighter your smile could be? Contact our professional team at Randwick Smiles today for an assessment.