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You can expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $40 for a tray-based teeth whitening kit purchased over the counter (OTC) from a pharmacy or other retail store. You can also purchase tray-based teeth whitening systems from dentists. These systems feature custom-fit tooth trays or mouthpieces, which is why they are significantly more expensive than OTC tray-based teeth whitening kits. Purchasing a tray-based teeth whitening system from your dentist may cost up to $500. (These prices are estimates and may change over time.) The cost of OTC tray-based teeth whitening kits varies depending on what product you purchase and where you live. If you shop around, you may be able to find discounts on OTC tray-based teeth whitening systems at large chain retailers or online.
The cost of tray whitening procedures can vary greatly from one office to the next. It is important to discuss your interest in this type of treatment with your dentist so that he or she can review costs, time involved, anticipated problems and results. Yes, there can be problems such as sensitivity and gum irritation; in fact, sometimes fillings have to be replaced and gums treated prior to "bleaching".
Fees for any dental service may vary depending on where you live or where your dentist is located (area of country, urban, suburban, center of town, etc.). In addition there are always going to be a range of fees for the same service. This may depend on the experience of the dental practitioner, materials used, esthetic demands of the procedure and complexity and difficulty of the treatment or procedure.
You may be able to find average fees for dental treatment in your area, but as with most other things just because a product or service may be the cheapest, does not necessarily mean it is the best. Also, you must feel confident in the dentist providing your care.
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