Flower Mound TX - The volume of teeth-whitening procedures in America has grown over 300% since 1997. "People are looking for clean, healthy, natural smiles," notes Flower Mound dentist Dr. Jonathan Golab. The good news is that a wide variety of products in every price range can deliver a dazzling, new smile. Tooth whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter whitening products can be effective for some people, but usually only produce slightly whiter teeth. If you want a really whiter smile, a dentist can provide a tray-and-gel system, which usually ranges from $200-$500.
"You can administer these systems at home over several weeks and they provide a very predictable whitening of your teeth," says Dr. Golab, a Flower Mound dental care provider. If you want even whiter teeth, a laser activated office whitening system can lighten them by 3 or 4 shades. But, you need to complete the process with whitening trays over several weeks. You will get a whiter smile more quickly, but it can cost between $600 and $1000 and doesn’t last very long. Porcelain veneers are whisper-thin permanent coverings bonded to your teeth - the best option if you want ideally shaped, white, straight teeth. They cost upwards of $1400 per tooth, and most people require 8 to 10 teeth veneered. "The other procedures noted above need to be repeated, some after only a few months," explains Flower Mound tooth whitening dentist Dr. Golab, "but porcelain veneers may last you a lifetime."