How much does teeth whitening cost?

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

During your initial consultation, your Revitalise dentist will take moulds of your teeth to create your whitening trays. Once we have created your personalised whitening trays, your Boutique whitening kit will be ready to take home.

Dental bleaching, or teeth whitening, is a straight-forward and non-invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment that can help you achieve your dream smile.

With more and more celebrities and influencers showing off their pearly white smiles on red carpets and via social media, the popularity of whitening treatments has increased dramatically in recent years. If you have considered getting your teeth whitened you may have wondered, how much does teeth whitening cost?

Teeth can become discoloured for several reasons, but what you eat and drink are by far the biggest factors affecting changes in tooth colour. Certain food and drinks such as coffee, red wine, curries and soy sauce can leave behind chemical compounds which stain your teeth and as well as being bad for your health smoking can also cause severe discolouration.

Brushing your teeth twice a day can help keep your teeth looking clean and remove residual food or drink stains, but it is natural for teeth to lose their white colour over time, no matter how well you look after them.

Teeth whitening is not a new treatment. It can be traced all the way back to the ancient Egyptians where it was seen as a symbol of wealth and beauty to have whiter teeth; a trend that has continued throughout history. To achieve pearly whites, the Egyptians ground up pumice stone and mixed it with white vinegar to produce a paste which they then applied to their teeth to whiten their smiles.

Teeth whitening as we know it today evolved from dentists prescribing peroxide gels as a treatment for gum disease. In the 1980s dentists were trying to figure out a technique that would keep the gel on the gums for longer. Through their experiments they also realised that a side effect of using the gel was that patients ended up with whiter teeth.

This discovery changed how teeth whitening products are administered and impacted the way that new treatments have evolved since the 80’s. In this blog post, we will be exploring the different ways to achieve whiter teeth and factors that can affect the cost.

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Cost of Teeth Whitening

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During your initial consultation, your Revitalise dentist will take moulds of your teeth to create your whitening trays. Once we have created your personalised whitening trays, your Boutique whitening kit will be ready to take home.

How much teeth whitening costs depends entirely on the type of treatment you choose and how discoloured your teeth are to start with. Here at Revitalise Dental Centre, our teeth whitening treatments start from £500 and we are an official provider of the highly regarded Boutique Whitening solution.

Boutique Whitening is a home whitening kit provided to you by your dentist. They have two different treatment options; a day treatment and a night treatment; the only difference between the two treatments is the length of time they are worn. The night time treatment is designed to be worn for 4 hours or overnight, whereas the day treatment is to be worn for 1 hour a day. This treatment is flexible and can fit around your lifestyle.

Part of the professional teeth whitening cost is the manufacture of bespoke trays compared with home whitening kits which include trays that are ‘one size fits all’.

At your first session, a mould will be taken of your teeth and sent to the laboratory where a tray will be created that is designed to fit perfectly within your mouth. By creating bespoke trays for your teeth, you can feel confident that they will not slip or irritate your gums and will be comfortable to wear and easy to use.

Whilst the whitening treatments take place at home, you will be guided by your dentist, and your treatment will be accompanied by appointments at Revitalise Dental Centre. Your initial appointment provides us with the opportunity to assess your oral health and make sure that there are no underlying issues that need attending to first.

Once it has been determined that your oral health is in good condition, your Boutique Whitening treatment will begin, an impression will be taken of your teeth to allow your custom trays to be created. In your second session, you will be given your home whitening kit, including your bespoke trays. Your dental practitioner will demonstrate how to correctly and safely apply the gel and how much you should be using.

Upkeep

It is important to understand that dental bleaching is not a permanent treatment. While you will start to see a difference in your smile within just a few short weeks, you will need to keep up with treatments to maintain the effect. If you were to stop your treatments, even after you had achieved the desired level of whitening, your teeth will start to gradually become discoloured again.

As with all the services we provide at Revitalise, your care does not stop when your treatment is complete. The superior aftercare we provide focuses on making sure that your treatment is successful and the results are long lasting.

To keep your smile white and bright, we can provide you with refill kits for your whitening treatments. Each refill kit is an additional price to your initial treatment and can be ordered in singles or packs of 2 or 3 to suit your needs and budget.

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Why Are Over the Counter Kits So Much Cheaper?

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Unlike over the counter treatments, when you choose a professional teeth whitening system such as Boutique whitening, you will receive whitening trays crafted from a mould of your own teeth, ensuring that whitening fluid does not leak and cause irritation.

If you are considering a teeth whitening treatment, you may be wondering why over the counter at home kits are so much cheaper. They both use peroxide gels and trays, so are they not the same thing?

While yes, the treatments are administered the same way, there are several differences between kits bought on the high-street or online and professional whitening.

The whitening gels used in home kits, both over the counter and from your dentist, contain hydrogen peroxide. Legally, only qualified dental professionals can administer teeth whitening treatments. The main reason over the counter whitening kits are cheaper is because they contain a lower dosage of hydrogen peroxide and can therefore be sold without the supervision of a dentist.

Professional teeth whitening treatments, using the higher dose of hydrogen peroxide, can take up to 6 weeks for you to achieve your desired shade.

Some over the counter kits claim that you will see results within 20 minutes and can get up to 8 shades whiter in just two weeks. In reality, it is likely that you will be able to notice a slight difference in the colour of your teeth within your first week of treatment, but complete results may take far longer. This is due to the lower dose of hydrogen peroxide that these kits contain.

One size fits all treatments

The bespoke nature of professional whitening treatments such as Boutique Whitening set them apart from over the counter products. With over the counter kits, you get a one-size-fits-all tray to wear. Each person’s teeth are unique to them so a universal tray designed to fit everyone will often be ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear.

These trays may slip during your treatment or allow the gel to leak out. Not only could this cause your treatment to be ineffective, but loose gel in your mouth could also damage your teeth, gums or even be ingested.

When getting your teeth professionally whitened, there is minimal risk of this. Your custom tray, designed and manufactured to fit you perfectly, will provide a comfortable and secure fit giving you increased confidence and optimised results from your treatment.

It is also worth noting that with home whitening kits, you will have less control over how white your teeth become. While the cost of professional teeth whitening may be higher, you will receive a bespoke treatment that is specifically tailored to your needs.

Before you begin your dentist will discuss the results that you want to achieve and educate you on how to apply the whitening gel and trays properly. You will have the chance to decide how white you want your teeth to be and will be given the correct dosage of whitening gel.

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Find Out More about the Cost of Teeth Whitening

As you can see many different factors impact the overall professional teeth whitening cost.

While over the counter kits may be cheaper, getting your teeth professionally whitened with a bespoke treatment plan tailored to your needs can be worth the cost because of the guaranteed results and the dedicated aftercare.

If you are considering having your teeth whitened but are worried about how much it will cost, Revitalise Dental Centre is on hand to help. We offer a range of affordable patient finance schemes, helping you pay for your dream smile in manageable monthly instalments.

If your goal is a brighter, whiter smile, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. You can call 01872 555 911 or send an email to [email protected] to speak to a member of our team about the range of services and the five star care we provide. View our full range of cosmetic dentistry treatments in Cornwall.

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    Jason Smithson is an internationally renowned cosmetic and reconstructive dentist formerly of London’s Harley Street Medical District, he is now based in St Agnes, Cornwall where he offers dentistry, dental-education and medico-legal expert witness services. World-class crowns, veneers and direct composite resin artistry are delivered with uncompromising standards bespoke to the patient’s individual requirements. He is considered to be the ‘Dentist’s Dentist’ and regularly treats other dentists; many of whom travel from throughout the UK to see him. Dr Smithson is an ‘In Demand’ presenter and is perhaps the most prolific in the UK. He is considered by his peers to be an authority on aesthetic dentistry and has presented to audiences on every continent over the past 10 years. He is a true innovator and pioneered the use of Dental Operating Microscope in teaching Direct Resin Artistry to other dentists in the UK; he is the author of numerous articles and a book on crowns in aesthetic dentistry. Visit Jason's Website

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