So, you’ve decided you want your teeth whitened. But before you go ahead and book an appointment, what really are your options? Even your dentist will admit that there are some exciting new products available on the market that provide a cheaper alternative to in-surgery treatments.
From our FAQ, you’ll know to look out for the legal amount levels of hydrogen peroxide (0.1% contents is the limit), that’ll help rejuvenate your shade of teeth. There are plenty of products, available, some are more expensive and long term than others, but here’s a flavour of what you may find.
Over the counter products
One of the newest innovations in over the counter teeth whitening products are whitening strips, you can typically purchase these online or in chemists. There are many treatments, however, all with different advantages and disadvantages, and it really depends on your needs, budget and requirements.
|Whitening Strips||Around £30||
|Home whitening kits||£12-40||
|Whitening Toothbrushes||Around £100||
|Blue Light Kit||£40-80||
In-surgery treatments have seen some innovation recently too, with some off-the-shelf products mimicking new techniques used by dentists. Alongside the more traditional professional whitening service your dentist may provide, they may offer laser whitening services, too.
Price: £350-1000, depending on location
Advantages: Effective solution, long-lasting, specialist advice
Disadvantages: Not permanent, requires topping up every 3 years and requires home application
Professional teeth whitening is the most traditional method of teeth whitening, and the most commonly used surgical treatment.
During a professional whitening treatment, you will have a specially made mouth-tray custom made for you and your gums will be protected using either a shield or protective gel. During the first application, your dentist will be present and will apply the solution to your teeth. You may also be provided the means to apply the solution yourself.
Laser / Blue Light Whitening
Advantages: Instant results, specialist advice, quick application
Disadvantages: Expensive, not always suitable, longer-term but not permanent
A newer innovation in the world of teeth whitening is the use of lasers to speed up the whitening process. This is becoming increasingly more used and the price is slowly falling, so more and more are using laser whitening.
Laser whitening involves a process similar to professional whitening, but uses blue light to speed up the process and you can achieve results within a one hour sitting. It is however the most pricey option, but will become more affordable in the years to come.
What’s the best option for you?
The best option for you is the one that fits your budget, your needs and your current oral health situation.
Obviously if you are going to select an off-the-shelf kit then you need to make yourself aware of how to do it safely and to ensure that the product is legal – read the label to ensure if hydrogen peroxide is listed as an ingredient, it’s less than 0.1% of the content and check that it does not contain Sodium Perborate or Chlorine Dioxide, as these have been deemed unsafe and it is illegal to sell products with these in the contents.
Well, depending on your budget and current oral health, you’ll have to select the best option for you. Remember that if you are unsure you should always seek advice from your dentist before selecting a treatment.