There are many different types of teeth whitening, commonly referred to as bleaching, available today. The three most commonly used with varied concentrations of peroxide and varied application times.

In-Office Whitening (best results)

This procedure is done in the dental office. The procedure takes approximately 2 hours. Significant color change in a short period of time is the major benefit of in-office whitening. This protocol involves the carefully controlled use of a higher concentration peroxide gel, applied to the teeth by one of the TEAM members, after the gums have been protected. Generally, the peroxide remains on the teeth for several 8 minute intervals, that add up to no more than 45 minutes. Those with particularly stubborn staining may be advised to return for one or more additional bleaching sessions. Take home trays will be made for the patient to continue or touch up with a home-use whitening system. The in-office teeth whitening cost is approximately $600 per visit.

Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits (good-best results)

Take-home kits incorporate an easy-to-use lower-concentration peroxide gel that remains on the teeth for an hour or longer. The lower the peroxide percentage, the longer it may safely remain on the teeth. The gel is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays. Every case is different and we often recommend 10-14 days of treatment. Following the initial phase, the patient would touch up as often as they like, depending on oral habits and staining. The cost of take-home whitening kits are approximately $350.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Kits (poor results)

The cheapest teeth whitening options, over-the-counter bleaching, involves the use of a store-bought whitening kit, featuring a bleaching gel with a concentration lower than that of the professionally dispensed take-home whiteners. The gel is applied to the teeth with a generic tray, whitening strips or paint-on applicators. In many cases this may only whiten a few of the front teeth unlike custom trays that can whiten the entire smile. If you have crowding or rotated teeth, over the counter teeth whitening may not accurately bleach your teeth and you may not get a unified shade. Over the counter teeth whitening kits can range from $20 to $100.


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