Types of Teeth Whitening

PROFESSIONAL & DENTIST TEETH WHITENING

There are lots of teeth whitening options available only at a professional practice such as Brighter Smile or your local dentist. Depending on your circumstances, expectations and goals, one of our teeth whitening technicians can advise you on the best-suited options for you. Professional Teeth Whitening options can include custom-made teeth whitening trays for home use, as well as in-office professional teeth whitening treatments which is the fastest option, usually taking just under one hour.

By having your teeth whitened professionally at Brighter Smile, there won’t be gaps in the coverage area or uneven whitening (common with whitening strips), nor will they be over bleached or cause damage to your gums and enamel (which can happen with over the counter whitening kits or those purchased online).

Custom Made Take Home Trays

Brighter Smile and most dentists offer precision engineered take-home teeth whitening trays. Options may include a ready-made kit or custom-made trays with the most suitable whitening gel for your circumstance. While some of these resemble the over-the-counter whitening kits, they typically are of a much higher standard, fit perfectly, are much safer and significantly more comfortable.

Timeline: Varies depending upon strength of gel, but generally one to two weeks.

Home Whitening Trays Cost: Available at Brighter Smile from just $199, usually between $400-$600 elsewhere in Auckland.

In Chair Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is only available at a specialist whitening clinic or dental practice and involves a hydrogen peroxide gel being applied to the front surfaces of your teeth by a dentist or technician and then used in conjunction with an advanced tooth whitening lamp to activate the gel and whiten your teeth.

Timeline: The treatment takes about 45-90 minutes and the teeth whitening results are immediate.

In Chair Teeth Whitening Cost: Expect to spend about $100-$150 at Brighter Smile and up to $600 elsewhere.

Veneers

In rare cases, some types of teeth staining will not respond to the traditional teeth bleaching methods explained above; in this instance, veneers may be the best-suited option to attain a set of white teeth. Veneers are made of a very thin, tooth-coloured material, often made from Porcelain, Zirconium, or Emax and then crafted to fit the front of your teeth perfectly and the permanently cemented in place using a composite resin.

Timeline: Two or three visits to your dentist will be required. An appointment typically takes from one to two hours

Cost of veneers: Varies, expect to pay approximately $500 – $1,000 per tooth.

TEETH WHITENING AT HOME

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Kits

‘Teeth whitening kits’ include teeth whitening strips, mouthguard style teeth whitening trays or teeth whitening pens that allow you to apply a whitening gel on your teeth for a period of time. These kits usually contain up to 6-7% hydrogen peroxide or 21% Carbamide Peroxide which bleaches your teeth to reach stains deeper than surface stains.  The whitening gel in these products is of a higher strength than teeth whitening toothpaste. Use over the counter teeth whitening products with caution as some products sold online are unregulated or not approved for sale in NZ.

Timeline: Over-the-counter Teeth Whitening can take about two to four weeks to see results when used for 1-3 hours per day.

Teeth Whitening Kit Cost: Expect to pay $20-$50 for teeth whitening strips and whitening pens and from $50-$200 for an over the counter at-home teeth whitening kit.

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste can include a number of techniques & ingredients to lighten your teeth. Baking soda, abrasives or chemicals are used to polish the teeth and/or give a reflective appearance that removes surface stains from teeth. Teeth Whitening Toothpastes will not considerably whiten teeth and are best used to maintain whitening results.

Timeline: Tooth Whitening Toothpaste can take several weeks of use to see any results.

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Cost: Usually under $20. For example, Colgate Optic White is available for around $13 from most supermarkets.

Natural Teeth Whitening Remedies

Natural teeth whitening remedies include everything from eating healthier, jumping behind current trends, avoiding consumption of staining foods and/or sugary and acidic drinks. If you smoke tobacco, drink lots of coffee or red wine, those are your biggest culprits, so give those up for a Brighter Smile.

Abrasives like charcoal and baking soda or rinsing products such as coconut oil can have benefits although users need to be wary that overuse may lead to enamel damage. These products are really just creating a habit of brushing and rinsing your mouth on a daily basis. The habits of brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash daily, chewing sugar-free gum and seeing your dentist twice a year results in overall good oral care and reduced yellowing.

Timeline: your lifetime

Natural Teeth Whitening Cost: varies significantly.

Clearly there are many options to consider if you’re interested in teeth whitening. There’s no better time to call than now, as we are currently offering great specials on in-clinic teeth whitening and at-home teeth whitening kits for a limited time only! Don’t miss your opportunity to save money on a Brighter Smile!

Simply book online now, or call 0800WHITEN (0800944836) to make an appointment today.