Tooth whitening is a great way of cleaning teeth, as it helps in restoring color and shine. Here is the list of some of the most popular tooth whitening ways:
Professional Laser Treatment
Laser treatment involves two things, namely gel and laser light. The tooth whitening gel is applied to the teeth and then a laser light is used on it. The laser light helps in activating the crystals in the gel that start the whitening process by absorbing the heat from the light. Laser treatment is extremely effective for people who have severely discolored teeth.
Cost: The treatment typically costs around $1000.
Bleaching is similar to laser treatment, but instead of a laser light, dentists use bleaching solutions that contain peroxide. There are drawbacks to this method, because the teeth can get dehydrated due to the strong chemicals and may only remain white for a short period of time. Usually, the whitening begins to wear off as the teeth come in contact with the saliva again; which is the reason why a lot of patients need to get touch ups and have to use a whitener at home. It usually requires 4 to 6 visits to the dentist to get the treatment done.
Cost: In-office bleaching can cost around $1000 to $2000 per treatment (excluding the cost on in-home whiteners).
ZOOM and Other Home-Based Whitening Trays
Tooth whitening tray is a popular method of cleaning teeth. A bleaching solution is applied on the teeth and left overnight. ZOOM is a popular teeth whitening solution and claims to lighten the teeth by six shades in only three days.
Cost: The cost of a tooth whitening kit is around $500.
Bonding is a tooth whitening method used by dentists that consists of composite resin that is molded over the teeth to change its color. One drawback is that resin doesn’t last for long and can easily stain.
Cost: The treatment can cost around $500.
Porcelain veneers also use resin molds on stained teeth. They are used to shape, lengthen, as well as lighten the color of teeth. It takes time to install veneers and the whole process usually takes 2 to 3 trips.
Cost: This treatment is extremely expensive and can cost around $1000 per tooth.
Whitening Toothpastes and Strips
Whitening toothpastes are very effective when it comes to keeping the teeth clean. However, they are not so effective at keeping them white because the toothpaste doesn’t contain strong whitening chemicals. A lot of people swear by tooth whitening strips, but it is important to know that they don’t cover the teeth extensively and only work on the front and not the inside and the crevices. This causes stripping, in which only parts of the teeth are whitened.
Cost: Tooth whitening toothpaste can cost around $7, whereas the strips can cost around $30 per pack.
Thus, here are some of the most popular tooth whitening ways and their costs. Pick one that suits your budget. Good luck!