Do you want whiter teeth? If your teeth appear yellow in the mirror or in pictures, it may be time for a teeth whitening treatment. Yellowing of teeth over time is normal. Some things may even cause teeth to yellow more quickly or severely, such as coffee, tea, red wine, brown soft drinks, and tobacco products.
Teeth whitening treatments vary greatly in cost. Some do-it-yourself whitening treatments are available over the counter. Professional whitening treatments can be performed by your dentist, which will likely be more expensive, but give you better, longer lasting results. If you’re wondering about the cost of teeth whitening in Massachusetts, here’s a general idea of what to expect.
If you’re looking for the most affordable option for whitening teeth, toothpaste is it. Whitening toothpastes usually contain hydrogen peroxide as a bleaching agent and range anywhere from $1 to $20. Using a whitening toothpaste once or twice a day could brighten your smile a little bit, but you are not likely to see dramatic results. Whitening toothpaste is most effective when used between professional whitening treatments to maintain results.
Another relatively affordable treatment is whitening gel. It is applied by a brush directly onto the teeth. The active ingredient is usually hydrogen peroxide, which is a known bleaching agent. These typically cost somewhere between $20 and $30, but sometimes less depending on the product and the retailer. You may see better results from gels than toothpastes, because it has a higher concentration of the bleaching agent and it adheres to the teeth rather than being rinsed off like toothpaste.
One of the most popular over the counter teeth whitening products is whitening strips. These are clear plastic strips containing a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide as a whitening agent and are applied directly to the teeth. They mold to the shape of your teeth for a comfortable fit. Directions usually recommend wearing the strips once a day anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes. These range between $30 and $50 for a month’s supply. Most consumers agree that whitening strips are one of the most effective over the counter whitening products on the market because the strips prevent the bleaching agent from washing off during the process.
Professional Teeth Whitening At Your Dentist’s Office
For the best possible results, ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening treatments. In-office teeth whitening is the most effective treatment that provides dramatic results. Emerson Dental uses both GLO and Zoom teeth whitening systems.
Zoom works like this:
- Impressions are made of the teeth to create custom trays for use at home between in-office treatments.
- A blocking gel is applied to the gums to protect them from irritation.
- A powerful bleaching gel is applied to the teeth (hydrogen peroxide).
- An LED light is used to accelerate the bleaching process.
- You follow up the process with take home trays and gel.
GLO, utilizes an at-home LED light with gel pen that is used to apply “professional strength” gel to the teeth. This system can be used alone or in combination with an in-office bleaching process depending on the level of whiteness you desire.
The in-office bleaching process using the LED light jump starts the whitening process for best results. You can expect to pay around $500.
Patients can consult with their dentist as to which system will work best for you.
Take Home Whitening Products From Your Dentist
Your dentist can provide you with take-home whitening products. These are the next best thing to in-office treatment because the gel is professional strength. Getting trays custom made by your dentist will also help to give you better whitening results. You may pay slightly less for the take-home version of Zoom or other products.
Teeth Whitening by Emerson Dental
If you’re looking for the best results from a teeth whitening system, try GLO or Zoom whitening through Emerson Dental. Not only do these systems give you dramatically whiter teeth, they help keep them white with follow-up take-home products. Emerson Dental has successfully treated numerous satisfied customers who can vouch for the system and their results.