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Teeth Whitening Costs

Teeth whitening costs vary hugely. The most expensive element in teeth whitening costs is not the product that you use but the oral hygienist or dentist that you use. Therefore, having your teeth whitened professionally is a great deal more expensive than doing it yourself at home. In fact, teeth whitening costs for DIY manufactured products are very reasonable, but you can go even cheaper, if you use traditional teeth whitening methods.

Teeth Whitening Costs

On this web page we will take a general look at teeth whitening costs done by a professional and done at home using shop-bought products and home-made remedies

There are two aspects to teeth whitening costs, namely materials and labour. Most of the teeth whitening products in use contain some form of peroxide, hydrogen or carbamide peroxide as the active ingredient that bleaches your teeth.

Hydrogen peroxide can be bought at any chemist, it not expensive. In fact, many people have used it to bleach their hair for generations.

A professional teeth whitening session will last between an hour and an hour and a half, if you do not need any remedial work done first. First of all, the dentist will clean your teeth; then scrape away any plaque and then polish them.

The resulting 'true' colour will then be matched against a chart and noted for future reference - a before and after comparison.

Then the teeth whitening agent is applied and sometimes it is 'activated by laser'. Then your colouration is compared to the first colour and you are done. If you take really good care of your teeth, this colour may hold for a year of two. That will cost anything from $500 to $2,000 and up, depending on your dentist's hourly rate.

When you undertake your own teeth whitening at home, you will not have the pre-check-up, the pre-clean or the colour comparison. So, you may want to get a check-up and polish before you start, but it is not absolutely necessary. just make sure you read the manufacturer's recommendations before you start whitening.

There are several types of home whitening products. There are gels, strips, trays, pens and pastes. Some can be applied before you go to bed and are left on over night, others have to be applied and removed after a certain amount of time, which can be anything from 20-90 minutes.

Some gels have to be put in so-called trays which you then fit onto your teeth to hold the gel in place. The problem here can be that the trays do not fit well. if that is the case, then you can have trays custom-made at the dentist's, but that will put your costs up commensurate with the dentist's hourly rate and the cost of the alginate used to make them.

If your teeth fit in the trays, all well and good. There are also teeth whitening strips, that you stick to your teeth like scotch tape. These items cost between $20 and about $70, if you buy them online. One pack does a complete course and the course can run from three to ten days.

The results are usually comparable to professional whitening, but the teeth whitening costs are not. You could also try bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice which is practically free or you could try Thailand where professional teeth whitening costs about $200.


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