Teeth Whitening Options and Costs

March 18, 2018

Let’s get down to business: how much does it cost to get a whiter smile? The honest answer is that the cost of teeth whitening can vary quite significantly from product to product, procedure to procedure. There’s no simple answer, no single price/product that works for everyone – this is why Dr. De Paoli is excited to explain all the options below.

1. Professional In-Office Whitening

Professional/in-office teeth whitening requires a larger investment with a national average of $650 per visit. However it does have the benefit of being performed by an experienced dental professional, helping to ensure that you get the sort of results you’re looking for.  It also gives you an immediate result which is nice if you have an upcoming family reunion, or special event.

2. Over-The-Counter Solutions

At the other end of the cost spectrum are over-the-counter strips and trays that you can buy at your local pharmacy or grocery store. These products can range from $20 to $100, making them an attractive option for those looking for a bit of smile enhancement without the higher cost of professionally administered whitening. However, it’s important to keep in mind that results can vary drastically when using these cheaper, low-concentration peroxide whiteners.

3. Take-Home Whitening Kits

If you’re looking for a middle-ground between professional whitening and over-the-counter products, you might be a good candidate for professionally dispensed take-home kits. Prescribed by dentists, these kits range in cost from $100 to $400, and can potentially deliver results similar to those you’d get in-office at the hands of a dentist.

Keep in mind that whitening results are not permanent, meaning that if you want to maintain your whitened smile, you’ll need to continue getting treatments as the effects wane.