Do you want a whiter smile? Have you tried store bought products with lackluster results? You’re not alone. Teeth whitening products are some of the most frequently purchased items at drug stores and pharmacies. But they don’t tend to bring about the results most consumers are looking for.
If you want dramatic, long lasting results, ask your dentist about in-office teeth whitening. Professional whitening treatments administered by your dentist are better quality products. They are more expensive than the ones you can buy at the store, but they are much more effective.
How much can you expect to pay for professional teeth whitening treatment in the Boston area? Here’s a general idea.
Average Cost of Teeth Whitening Treatment From Your Dentist
If your dentist offers in-office teeth whitening, you can expect to pay somewhere within the range of $400-$800. The average is typically $600. If your dentist provides a take-home treatment kit, you can expect a slightly lower range, from $300-$600.
What Do You Get For That Price?
The procedure for whitening treatment at your dentist’s office will typically go like this:
- At the office we will apply a protective gel or a rubber guard to your gums that will protect the soft tissue from the effects of the bleaching agent.
- The bleaching agent (carbamide peroxide) is carefully applied to the teeth.
- A special light is used to accelerate the bleaching process.
A take-home whitening kit will can come in custom or pre-loaded trays.
For a custom tray:
- Impressions or a scan are taken of your teeth.
- A custom tray will be created that fits snugly to the teeth.
- At home you will apply the bleaching agent (carbamide peroxide) into the tray.
- You will then wear this tray for the recommended amount of time and frequency.
Pre-Loaded trays are a great way to whiten teeth at home with professional strength whitening gel or bleaching agent when restorative treatments will be done that may change the shape of teeth and would otherwise affect the fit of customized trays.
How Long Do Results Last?
One of the most common questions about teeth whitening is how long the results will last. People want to know that if they pay for the treatment, it will provide lasting results. There is no set amount of time that your results will last because it is different for everyone. If you use the take home version, you can treat your teeth regularly to help them stay white. If you get the in-office treatment, your dentist may provide you with touch up treatment to take home and use as needed.
Your lifestyle will affect the longevity of your results. If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, dark soda, or red wine, you may need to touch up more often. Smoking can also dull your results more quickly.
What Factors Affect the Cost of Teeth Whitening Treatment?
The cost of whitening treatments varies based on the following:
- Brand of Treatment. There are many different brands of whitening treatments that dentists use, and each comes at a different cost. This is probably the biggest factor in the cost of whitening treatment.
- Your Dentist’s Pricing. Dental offices will set their own pricing for whitening treatment on top of the cost of the product. Preparing and administering the treatment takes time and equipment that comes at a cost.
- In-office vs. Take-home. Typically in-office whitening treatment costs more than the take-home version.
Will Dental Insurance Cover Teeth Whitening?
Unfortunately no. Teeth whitening is considered to be a cosmetic procedure, which means dental insurance won’t cover it because there isn’t a medical need.
Nowak Family Dental Provides Teeth Whitening Treatment
If you want a whiter smile, Nowak Family Dental provides professional teeth whitening treatment that offers dramatic results in just one short visit. Or if you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, we provide a take-home whitening kit as well. Having a brighter smile can give you new confidence to smile freely without worrying about the appearance of your teeth.
We accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) for payment to make the cost more affordable for you.