The search for a brighter, whiter and younger looking smile has plenty of patients enquiring about teeth whitening cost and how long it will take to achieve that desired smile. And it’s not a surprise either, with beauty experts telling us that the surest way to look younger is to get a whiter smile. At Barkly Street Dental Group we offer our patients Pola, the effective and affordable range of teeth whitening products.
What Are The Best Teeth Whitening Treatments?
The best teeth whitening treatments are professional-grade teeth whitening systems that are available from your dentist. There are plenty of products vying for your attention on the shelves and behind the counter, but they do not contain enough hydrogen peroxide in order to penetrate the tooth enamel and effectively remove intrinsic stains from inside the dentin of your teeth.
Some over-the-counter whitening strips and gels contain abrasive substances that may take effect on the extrinsic stains, but which may also damage your tooth enamel. They cannot whiten or alter the shade of discoloured teeth, however. If you would like a whiter, brighter smile the most cost effective and quickest way to get there is through professional teeth whitening.
What Is The Cost Of Teeth Whitening?
The answer to this question depends on the current state and shade of your teeth. Remember that you do need the go-ahead from your dentist before you use any kind of whitening product. You will need to book a consultation to have a check-up and cleaning. If you have any cavities or signs of decay, this will need to be addressed before you can put bleaching agents in your mouth.
During your dental clean your dentist will remove any surface stains, plaque and tartar, and polish your teeth so that the whitening system can take maximum effect. Once all of this has been done you will look at the Pola shade guide together, and establish the current shade of your teeth, and then decide which shade you would like to lighten to.
In this session you will be given an idea of the length of time it will take to brighten your smile, and the costs associated with it.
Pola Take-Home Whitening
We make use of Pola’s take-home whitening systems, because most patients achieve their desired results within 5 to 14 days. The Pola night system allows you to wear the whitening trays while you sleep, so there’s no inconvenience or change to your lifestyle – you simply follow the instructions and wake up with brighter, whiter teeth.
The cost of your teeth whitening procedure will depend on the number of trays you need, or the amount of time you will be wearing them for.
Pola night is available in a range of strengths, from 10% carbamide peroxide through to 22% carbamide peroxide. Should you need your teeth whitened for a special event, or in a shorter period of time, your dentist is likely to give you a higher concentration product.
We appreciate the way that this whitening product protects the gums from irritation and the nerves and nerve endings during the whitening process.
Does Teeth Whitening Work?
When used under the guidance of your dental professional, teeth whitening systems can make your smile up to eight shades brighter. Together with your dentist you will identify your desired shade and once you have worn the trays for the recommended period of time, you will check the shade of your smile against the shade guide once again. If you have not quite achieved it, your dentist may recommend another course of whitening.
What Is The Price Of Teeth Whitening
The cost of your teeth whitening procedure will depend on variables like
- The current shade and condition of your teeth
- The number of applications required to achieve your desired smile
- Any top ups you might require afterwards
According to smile.com.au the average take-home whitening treatment can cost up to $610, based on figures derived from its National Australian Dental Fee survey. The average consultation and plaque removal is estimated at an additional $280. The most accurate way to get a price estimate is to book a consultation to see your dentist.
Curious about teeth whitening cost – or what you could look like with a whiter smile? It’s always best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for the closest available appointment: (03) 5975 5355.