Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening procedures brighten smiles


By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: March 28, 2011




Teeth Whitening

The color of your teeth has a huge impact on your smile. Shiny white teeth have become an increasingly popular trend and more and more people seek teeth whitening treatments every year. In fact, teeth whitening treatments are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures today. Teeth whitening procedures range from formal laser technology to tiny plastic strips, offering patients a wide range of treatments, results, and costs.












What Is Teeth Whitening?


Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure today. The color of one's teeth can drastically effect one's overall appearance. Teeth whitening solutions contain peroxide that bleach the enamel of teeth to make them whiter. 


Teeth Whitening Procedures


There are a number of different teeth whitening procedures that range from formal laser whitening to tiny plastic strips that bleach the color of your teeth to make them look whiter. Talk to a dentist in your area to find out which technique is best for you. The teeth whitening procedure you choose influences the cost and the results of your teeth. 


A Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening


Most people wanting to improve their smiles through whiter teeth are good candidates for teeth whitening. It is important to know artificial teeth or devises in the mouth are resistant to teeth whitening procedures. Be sure to discuss whether you are a good candidate for teeth whitening with your dentist. 


At-Home Teeth Whitening


There are a number of at-home teeth whitening procedures available to patients who want an easy and effective way to improve the color of their teeth. Patients can obtain the whitening solution and needed devises for the procedure from their individual dentist or buy over-the-counter whitening strips from pharmacies. In order to achieve successful results, however, be sure to understand the proper procedure. It is always recommended to discuss specific teeth whitening procedures with a dentist beforehand. 


Risks and Side Effects of Teeth Whitening


Teeth whitening is simple and effective; however, complications can arise from the procedure and drastically effect one’s overall appearance. Be sure to know about he risks and side effects of teeth whitening before undergoing treatment.


Cost of Teeth Whitening


The cost of teeth whitening treatments can range from $30 to $3,000. The cost of teeth whitening depends entirely on the type of procedure you undergo. 




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