How Much Does Tooth Whitening Cost?

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

There are a number of different tooth whitening options and cost is very much dependent on which type you choose. In-office services – like Phillips Zoom! – typically start around $500 and go up in cost depending on the number of treatments needed and the severity of your tooth stains. This option is fast and effective but can be incredibly pricey to maintain as continued results often require several visits a year.

Less expensive but not less effective are the take-home options offered by Dr. Tenney at Desert Smiles. These customized application trays conform to your teeth, helping to ensure consistent whitening while minimizing the risks of tooth sensitivity and tissue irritation. Typically, the cost per set ranges from $200 to $600. This one-time expense provides you with trays that can be used as frequently as needed with professional-strength whitening gel supplied by our office.

What about Over-the-Counter Products?

Store-bought kits range in price from $25 to $150 and come with application trays and bleaching gel. Whitening strips may cost as little as $10, but are more often in the $20 range. Whitening toothpaste, the least expensive option, can range from $3 to $10 or more, depending on the formulation.

These low prices for tooth whitening may seem attractive, but they are often a waste of time and money and may even lead to increased tooth sensitivity, irritation of soft tissue, and inconsistent results.

The Benefits of Professional Tooth Whitening Kits

The two biggest benefits offered by our personalized tray-whitening kits are:

  • Red head with beautiful smile celebratingCustomized application trays help ensure consistent whitening of every tooth in your mouth while reducing the risk of solution seepage. By keeping the whitening solution in place, gums, the tongue, and the cheeks are protected from irritation
  • The professional strength whitening solution we offer is not available OTC. The active ingredient in our solution is free elemental oxygen, which oxidizes stains to remove them permanently, safely, and comfortably – and because you keep the customized application trays, results can be maintained as you see fit, in the privacy of your own home, at the convenience of your preferred schedule

It is important to remember that any toothpaste can claim to be “whitening,” but even the most expensive among them can only remove stains from the surface of teeth. Whitening strips cover the front teeth, but a full smile will reveal highly noticeable color differences, and OTC tray whiteners – even those with “boil and bite” applicators – often produce inconsistent results while increasing tooth sensitivity and tissue irritation. When considered honestly, professional tooth whitening from a trusted cosmetic dentist is the safest, fastest, and most reliable method of brightening your smile.

Contact Desert Smiles to Learn More

If you are considering tooth whitening in Glendale or surrounding areas of Arizona, please contact Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tenney. We welcome patients from Scottsdale, Peoria, and all nearby communities.