Seeing a professional will be more expensive, and reality is the majority of the products available to Dentists, such as Toothpastes and Bleaching-kits, are available to the people in general via the internet, mail-order and even over-the-counter from drug stores and supermarkets. The obvious exception would be in the situation where you opted for structural alterations to your teeth, like Porcelain Veneers or Bonding – which actually change the shape and size of your teeth. These practices can set you back anything from $300 – $1200 per tooth, making them an option that isn’t instantly available to everyone.
For a lot less money, and without making any nonreversible structural modifications to your teeth, we have remaining the alternatives of Toothpastes, Whitening Strips and Bleaching systems. The single procedure that rises to the top as being the most effective in terms of cost is Bleaching. Bleaching sounds alarming, I mean putting bleach in your mouth does not seem like the brightest of all ideas, but the actuality is that this procedure has been used for quite a few years and history tells us that it is very safe. The ADHA literally suggests that “Bleaching is effective in lightening most stains caused by age, tobacco, coffee, and tea. Based on clinical studies, 96 percent of patients with these kinds of stains experience some lightening effect”.
Before we take a closer look at Bleaching practices, we’ll skim over the less-effective techniques of teeth whitening (Whitening Toothpastes and Whitening Strips).
Some people demonstrate a slight improvement in brightness when they use Whitening Toothpastes, but because a Toothpaste isn’t exposed to your teeth for very long it isn’t able to penetrate deep enough to have much effect. Many Toothpastes use quite potent chemicals that actually act as abrasive that etch away the enamel, which is definitely an undesirable side-effect.
Whitening strips do actually work, but because they cannot get into all the nooks and crannies and gaps between teeth, the results can sometimes be less desirable than anticipated. Whitening strips are pressed against the top and lower teeth and normally need to be worn for 30 minutes a day (twice daily) for 7-14 days.
Toothpastes and Whitening Strips do exhibit some effect, but in actuality they offer nothing like the effectiveness of using a Peroxide-based Bleaching system. There are so many differing Bleaching techniques accessible today that you could actually write a book on the subject. As an outline, the practices can be broken into 2 main groups: (i) D.I.Y. kits (ii) Professionally Administered Bleaching.
DIY Bleaching Kits:
These kits are commonly purchased online, over-the-counter or by mail-order, and consists of a Bleaching tray, Bleaching gels and syringes for inserting the bleach into the tray. For those who want to save money and whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own home, DIY kits are the ideal choice, but there are good and bad DIY kits.
Professionally Administered Bleaching:
The methods used by professionals are basically the same as those used in the DIY kits – a bleaching gel is applied to your teeth (typically by using a tray system), but these are performed under strict health and safety conditions. For many, Teeth Whitening is a procedure that should be administered by professionals, and these days there is a lot of choice when it comes to selecting who you use.
In the past, Teeth Whitening was a term that was strictly associated to treatment you could acquire only from your Dentist. But that has differed, because now you have many choices. Teeth Whitening is a mammoth market and new methods are emerging constantly.
Whitening Strips often give blotchy end results because they only aim at the face of the tooth and fail to get into the gaps and cracks between teeth. Whitening Toothpastes do work, but the active component is weak, and isn’t exposed to your teeth long enough to deliver speedy results. These techniques have demonstrated subtle but at times inconsistent effects, and if you’re Okay with that, you will spend less money.
Porcelain Veneers and Bonding are exceptional alternatives, but when you contemplate the cost of between $300 and $1200 per tooth, the majority of us basically can’t afford this method. Add to that the realization that your teeth are going to be filed back, and reshaped irreversibly – this is definitely not an option for the white-livered.
That leaves Bleaching. This method is both price-sensitive and extremely effective. You get consistently white teeth, it does not take too long to apply and you do not need to be subjected to any structural modifications to your teeth. But the best part of this technique is that you can opt for the approach to transpire in the solace of your own surroundings, or you can have it administered by a professional.
As a final outcome, you want a technique that delivers whiter and brighter teeth, you want consistency and you do not want to mortgage the house to fund your new white teeth.