4 treatment options to whiten teeth

There are several options for tooth whitening, which can be done at the dentist’s office or at home, and both can bring good results.

Some of the most popular options for teeth whitening include:

1. Laser whitening

This type of whitening is performed by the dentist, in the office, and is done with the use of pulsed light. The results of this method are instantaneous, as the teeth are clearer from the first session, but it may take 1 to 3 sessions to achieve the desired results.

Price : each session of this type of treatment can cost from R $ 500.00 to 1,000.00 reais, which varies according to each professional.

2. Whitening with tray

This type of tooth whitening can also be done at home, using a silicone tray, created by the dentist, so that the person can use it with a whitening gel based on substances such as Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide. This treatment produces excellent results, however slower, requiring the use of the tray for a few hours a day or at night, for about 2 weeks.

Price : the tray costs about R $ 250.00 to R $ 350.00 reais, which varies according to the professional, but can be reused when a new treatment is performed.

3. Homemade whitening

There are several options of products sold in pharmacies, such as whitening gels, adaptable trays or whitening tapes, which do not require a prescription and which, although less effective in relation to treatment with the dentist, produce good aesthetic results.  

Price : products sold in pharmacies can vary in price from about R $ 15.00 to R $ 150.00 reais, depending on the brand and the material used.

Other types of natural treatments done at home, such as the use of baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide should only be done under the guidance of the dentist, as they are very abrasive and if used incorrectly can cause sensitivity in the teeth. Check out a recipe for homemade teeth whitening solution .

4. Application of porcelain or resin veneers

This treatment, also known as applying a ‘contact lens’ to the teeth, is done by the dentist to coat the teeth, which improves the appearance and covers imperfections, giving excellent results and permanently.

Price : this treatment can be considered expensive because each facet can cost from R $ 500.00 to R $ 2,000.00 reais. Know who can put on and the essential care of the dental contact lens . 

Who can not do teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is contraindicated for pregnant women, or people who have plaque accumulation, tartar or inflammation in the gums. These are some of the reasons that reinforce the importance of consulting with the dentist before making a whitening. 

Other tips for teeth whitening

There are other types of care that can be done that help to whiten teeth, although they do not have the same results as whitening treatments. Some options are:

  • Use dental floss and mouthwash daily;
  • Clean your teeth, called scaling once a year;
  • Use an electric toothbrush with whitening toothpaste, such as Colgate Total Whitening or Oral B 3D White, for example, twice a day;
  • Avoid foods that stain your teeth like chocolate, beets, coffee, tea, and especially cigarettes. For those who drink a lot of coffee or tea a good tip is to drink a little water right afterwards to remove the traces of coffee that may be on your teeth.

These foods should also be avoided for a few weeks after teeth whitening procedures, so that the results are more lasting. Learn more about what foods to avoid and what to do to prevent stains on your teeth . 

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