Dentist Tooth Whitening vs. Over the Counter
- Posted on: Sep 27 2011
Dentist Tooth Whitening
In-office tooth whitening is the longest-lasting, most efficient way to lighten your smile. This Philadelphia teeth whitening procedure uses a highly-concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel that can brighten your smile up to 16 shades. This cost for this procedure averages $1,000 to $1,500, but the results are often permanent with the occasional touch-up needed every several months or so.
Over-The-Counter Tooth Whitening
If you are looking to brighten your teeth a shade or two, over-the-counter bleaching trays may work for you. They can be bought at your local pharmacy, and average about $40 and $80. These whitening trays use a glycerin-based peroxide gel as opposed to the more effective hydrogen peroxide gel.
Whitening strips are thin, clear strips that are coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel. The strips cost about $25 and must be applied twice a day for 30 minutes for at least two weeks. The results are not as uniform as other tooth-whitening procedures, but the results can last up to four months.
If you live in the area of Philadelphia, Main Line, or Ardmore, Pennsylvania and want to whiten your smile, please contact the office of Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Lindsey Marshall to set up a consultation.
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