Most people have seen teeth whitening toothpastes and whitening kits in their local pharmacies, but these can’t compare to the kind of whitening done in a dentist’s office. Some teeth whitening treatments administered in a dentist’s office involve using high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. These treatments can either be administered in the dentist’s office or at home. The most powerful whitening treatments are laser treatments.

Teeth whitening is, usually, a cosmetic procedure that cost anywhere from $100 to $650 for regular peroxide treatments. This kind of treatment, naturally, cost a little more. Prior to the laser treatment, your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove plaque and any other debris that could hinder or complicate the whitening process. Next, teeth whitening care will coat your teeth with a whitening gel. The three most powerful types of whitening are Erbium laser treatments, CO2 and diode treatments.

With Erbium, stains are removed from the surface of the teeth with Erbium laser pulses. The CO2 use hollow wavelength energy to remove the surface layer of the teeth. Diode laser treatments use GsAIAs crystals.

The positive aspect of laser whitening is that you don’t have to wait to see the results. The negative aspect is the cost. Since whitening is often considered a cosmetic procedure and not a necessary one, like cleanings and fillings, your dental insurance may not pay for it. Check first before committing yourself to having this procedure. Also remember that you can prolong the results by taking good care of your teeth, but no whitening treatment lasts forever. If a laser whitening isn’t in your budget, consider other, less expensive options.

Who doesn’t want to have beautiful, bright white teeth? The most powerful whitening treatments, laser treatments, will give you the “movie star white” teeth you want, but watch your wallet. These treatments are far from cheap.