Ask Dr. Baer: How much will teeth whitening cost?

July 22, 2015 |

Ask Dr. Baer

Perhaps the most popular procedure performed by a cosmetic dentist is dental whitening. The procedure is simple, safe and yields significant results for most patients. Compared to most other aesthetic dental procedures performed by a dentist, teeth whitening is among the more affordable ones.

However, the cost of the procedure can vary from one patient to another, depending on the type of teeth whitening technique required for a particular patient. Dr. Chris Baer provides state of the art in-office and at-home dental whitening procedures to patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth, Franktown, CO, and other areas.

Various Options for Teeth Whitening

If the patient has only a minor or temporary condition of yellowing or dark teeth, they may opt for over the counter (OTC) teeth whitening treatment options such as gels, pastes, or liquid whiteners. However, the outcomes with OTC treatments may not be satisfactory for many patients, especially if a stronger treatment is required to whiten the teeth. The standard sized mouth trays provided in the OTC option cannot deliver the same effective results as custom created trays.

In-office and at-home dental whitening procedures involve customized treatment under the supervision of a dentist. The cost of these treatments involves the fee of the dentist, the cost of stronger chemical solutions used, and the cost of custom fabrication of mouth trays. However, the cost is usually well-compensated by highly satisfactory and long lasting results. The in-office treatment may also involve the use of a lighting device to achieve better permanence of results.

Cost Comparison with Veneers

Dental veneers are an alternative treatment provided by a cosmetic dentist to improve the appearance of teeth. However, this treatment can be much more expensive compared to teeth whitening. Therefore, only such patients usually opt for veneers where teeth whitening cannot make a significant impact in improving the shade of the teeth.

Patients with milder aesthetic conditions can achieve the same results with a much more affordable teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Baer will explain the pros and cons of each treatment option and help his patients make an informed choice. Patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO have an opportunity to receive treatment from Dr. Baer.

Average Cost of Treatment

The cost of teeth whitening treatments can vary significantly, depending on the type of treatment used. If the patient chooses over the counter treatments, then the cost may range from $10 to $100, depending on the type of product and the strength of the chemical solution used. At-home treatments from a dentist, which include a customized teeth whitening kit, will cost anywhere from $300 to $500 in most cases.

In cases where more intensive treatment is required, or the patient prefers faster results, they may opt for in-office treatment. The cost of in-office teeth whitening procedure may cost in the range of $500 to $1,500, depending on the extent of treatment needed, the technique and technology employed, and other factors such as the location of the dentist and their skills, qualifications, and experience in the field of cosmetic dentistry.

For more information about the dental procedures and treatments performed by Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Christopher Baer, DMD on patients in Aurora, Centennial, Parker, Franktown, Elizabeth, Denver and surrounding areas in Colorado areas please contact us for an appointment at (303) 557-6453.