Exploring the Cost of Teeth Whitening

by | Sep 17, 2020 | Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

If you’re considering getting teeth whitening done professionally or just doing it yourself at home, you’ll definitely want to know the cost beforehand. Everyone wants a perfectly white smile but not a huge bill to pay afterward. With today’s teeth whitening kits and professional teeth whitening technologies, you can achieve a beautiful smile without unrealistic costs.

Laguna Vista Dental seeks to explore these costs in order to provide patients with insight into the different teeth whitening options and what works best. Some of these options that even appear to be more expensive than others might also provide more satisfactory results when compared to cheaper methods. So keep reading to find out more!

teeth whitening costs

The first option you’re probably considering for quick teeth whitening that’s also affordable is a store-bought teeth whitening kit or set of whitening trays. These might seem like a good idea considering their price, which you can see in the article down below by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, but you might want to rethink all your options.

Yes, whitening kits available at the store seem cheaper but they will also not give you the impressive results you’re looking for. You’ll also have to go through a bunch of these store-bought kits to get the same results you would’ve gotten from one professional teeth whitening treatment.

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Really Cost?

“Cost: under $100

Similar to in-office whitening kits, over-the-counter whitening trays involve filling a mouth guard-like tray with a whitening gel. The tray is generally worn between one and two hours a day, between one and four weeks, depending on the product.

Over-the-counter whitening kits don’t have the in-office advantage of being molded to fit your mouth, in addition to containing weaker concentrations of bleaching agents. However, for a fraction of the cost of in-office kits, over-the-counter trays may be a fitting alternative.”

The next tier level for teeth whitening options are kits provided or recommended to you by your dentist. These kits might be of higher quality and strength than the ones you’d normally buy from the store. Dr. Max Arocha explains the cost of these professional kits you can use at home and how they work in the following article. You might notice that these kits are a little more expensive than the amateur teeth whitening kits but they’re definitely worth it!


“Many cosmetic dentists have the opinion that professionally dispensed take-home whitening kits can produce the best results over the long term. Take-home kits incorporate an easy-to-use custom made kits. The gel is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays that resemble mouthguards.

These products contain peroxide(s) which actually bleach the tooth enamel. Carbamide peroxide is the bleaching agent and comes in several different concentrations (10%, 16%, and 22%). Peroxide-containing whiteners typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. Some products are used twice a day for 2 weeks, while others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks. If you obtain the teeth bleaching solution from your dentist’s office, they can make a custom-fitted tray for you that will fit your teeth precisely.

As of 2018, take-home teeth whitening kit cost about $250 to $400 nationwide.”

“Take-home whitening kits are a reliable and affordable teeth whitening method. Opalescence is always a great option, but there are many products to choose from.” Says Dr. Harr at Melinda Harr Dental.

The final option you’ll be given when searching for teeth whitening solutions is professional treatment methods done in-clinic and executed by a dental health expert. Your dentist will administer the application of your teeth whitening gel, bleach, or other treatment to ensure maximum results are achieved. Carefree Dental discusses the cost of these professional teeth whitening treatments down below and certain factors that influence pricing.

Teeth Whitening: Do You Really Need It?

“For a professional dental treatment, you will need anywhere between $300-1000.

The final cost will depend on how many whitening sessions you have and what kind of equipment is used to perform them. For example, laser whitening is usually a more expensive option. The above figures are estimates, based on current market prices, but you should remember that the cost of products and treatments will vary according to location, brand, and surgery rates.

Ultimately, teeth whitening is an entirely cosmetic and aesthetic procedure, so you may not be able to pay for it with regular dental plans.”

So now that it’s obvious that professional teeth whitening treatments cost more than the other options, you might not be too eager to opt for professional services. However, an important thing to note is that one professional teeth whitening session could potentially provide better results than numerous whitening kits.

In the long run, it’s better for your wallet and your confidence to just go with professional, in-clinic teeth whitening treatments.

Krystle Fenton

Krystle Fenton

Krystle Fenton is the owner and lead dentist at Laguna Vista Dental in Elk Grove, CA. Dr. She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Andrews University. She then went on to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, where she graduated with honors and is a member of the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Fenton is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Sacramento District Dental Society. In her time away from the office, Dr. Fenton enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, spending time outdoors and watching movies.

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