Teeth Whitening For a Brighter and More Youthful Smile

Woman smiling and displaying the difference between whitened and unwhitened teeth

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that has recently grown in popularity, and it makes sense when you consider many people are striving for perfection as they desire to look like Hollywood stars. Fortunately, teeth whitening treatments CAN give you that magazine-white smile to improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence.

And through this blog and at your consultation, Neighborhood Dental can help you decide if teeth whitening is right for you.

We’ll discuss what teeth whitening costs, what it is, and more!

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment designed to lighten the color of your teeth and remove stains and discoloration. The procedure can be performed in our dental office or at home using various products and techniques, all with the same goal — providing you with a brighter, more youthful-looking smile.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening works by using a bleaching agent to penetrate the enamel of the teeth and break down the stains and discoloration. The most common bleaching agent we use for teeth whitening in Sioux Falls is hydrogen peroxide.

When we apply highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide to your teeth, it breaks down into oxygen molecules, which penetrate the enamel and bleach the stains and discoloration.

Different teeth whitening methods

Several different methods for teeth whitening exist, including in-office treatments and at-home products. Here are some of the most common options:

In-office teeth whitening in Sioux Falls, SD

In-office teeth whitening is the most expensive but quickest way to whiten teeth. A high-concentration bleaching gel is applied to the teeth and then a special light is used to activate the bleaching agent.

At-home teeth whitening

At-home teeth whitening products include over-the-counter whitening toothpaste, strips, gels, and trays. These products contain bleaching agents but in lower concentrations than in-office treatments and tend to take longer to achieve results.

At Neighborhood Dental, we use “Opalescence Go” whitening strips.

However, they’re more convenient and less expensive than in-office treatments.

Natural teeth whitening

Some people prefer to use natural teeth whitening methods to brighten their teeth, such as brushing with baking soda or using activated charcoal. While these methods are generally safe, they’re less effective than professional teeth whitening treatments.

Risks and side effects

Generally, teeth whitening is considered safe when performed by a licensed dental professional or when using at-home products as directed. But there are some risks and side effects to be aware of, including:

Tooth sensitivity

Some people may experience increased tooth sensitivity or discomfort during or after the treatment.

Gum irritation

The bleaching agent used in teeth whitening can irritate the gums and cause sensitivity.

Uneven results

Teeth whitening may not be effective for all types of stains, giving some people uneven results.

Teeth whitening cost

The price of teeth whitening can vary depending on the treatment method, dental office location, and expertise of the dental professional performing the treatment.

In-office teeth whitening

The cost of in-office teeth whitening can range from $500 to $1,000, depending on the location and the extent of the treatment. However, some dental practices may offer specials or discounts, so check with the office before getting any whitening procedure.

At-home teeth whitening

The at-home teeth whitening costs can range from $20 to $200, depending on the product and the brand. Over-the-counter whitening toothpaste is usually the least expensive option, while whitening strips and trays are typically more expensive.

Natural teeth whitening

Natural teeth whitening methods, such as brushing with baking soda or using activated charcoal, are usually the least expensive option, as these items can be found in many households already. We should mention that while natural and at-home teeth whitening products may seem less expensive than in-office treatments, they may not be as effective and could take longer to achieve desired results.

Additionally, if they aren’t used properly, at-home products could cause tooth sensitivity or gum irritation.

Our assistant holding up the Be Bright rewards for teeth whitening

Finally, teeth whitening is considered to be a cosmetic procedure and, therefore, is typically not covered by dental insurance. Our dental offices, though, offer a dental savings program to help afford this cosmetic procedure and others.

Teeth whitening, both in the office at Sioux Falls or with our recommended Opalescence Go whitening strips, is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your smile.

With the different methods available, it’s easy to find a teeth whitening treatment that suits your needs and budget.


Yet, it’s still important to consult with a dental professional before starting any whitening treatment to ensure it’s safe and appropriate for your teeth.


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