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What are some inexpensive options for teeth whitening?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Pay the price!
If you want to whiten your teeth go to a dentist and pay the price.
The inexpensive options such as the over the counter products take a lot longer and do not give you as good of a result.

In brief: Pay the price!
If you want to whiten your teeth go to a dentist and pay the price.
The inexpensive options such as the over the counter products take a lot longer and do not give you as good of a result.
Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dr. Maurice Lindly
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Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Whitening
I recommend to my patients crest whitestrips for an inexpensive whitening solution.
They are available for about $50 for a 3 week supply.

In brief: Whitening
I recommend to my patients crest whitestrips for an inexpensive whitening solution.
They are available for about $50 for a 3 week supply.
Dr. John Sheets
Dr. John Sheets
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Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: At home
The next best teeth whitening technique to in office bleaching is at home bleaching that is dispensed by your dentist .
Your dentist will fabricate a special tray/stent you can place the material in and it is strong enough that you can get a good results. This technique is also safer than over the counter materials since your dentist can monitor the entire process to avoid any complications.

In brief: At home
The next best teeth whitening technique to in office bleaching is at home bleaching that is dispensed by your dentist .
Your dentist will fabricate a special tray/stent you can place the material in and it is strong enough that you can get a good results. This technique is also safer than over the counter materials since your dentist can monitor the entire process to avoid any complications.
Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dr. Maryam Chiani
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Dr. Steven Hart
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Over the counter
Over the counter products have some limitations.
First and foremost you want to make sure your teeth are healthy enough to whiten. This means no tooth decay or external plaque and surface stain that prevent the bleach from reaching the tooth surface. White strips have limitations of only covering front 6 teeth. Other over the counter products may not keep the product in direct tooth contact.

In brief: Over the counter
Over the counter products have some limitations.
First and foremost you want to make sure your teeth are healthy enough to whiten. This means no tooth decay or external plaque and surface stain that prevent the bleach from reaching the tooth surface. White strips have limitations of only covering front 6 teeth. Other over the counter products may not keep the product in direct tooth contact.
Dr. Steven Hart
Dr. Steven Hart
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Dr. Alan Krause
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Over The Counter
Over the counter bleaching works well.
Crest whitestrips do a great job, however they are hard to place in the mouth and hard to keep in place.

In brief: Over The Counter
Over the counter bleaching works well.
Crest whitestrips do a great job, however they are hard to place in the mouth and hard to keep in place.
Dr. Alan Krause
Dr. Alan Krause
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Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry
In brief: OTC
Over the counter bleaching products found in retail store or through the internet can be less expensive.

In brief: OTC
Over the counter bleaching products found in retail store or through the internet can be less expensive.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
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Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: Over the counter, or
Lots of over the counter products can work.
As compared to a professional option they are limited in their strength (concentration) and delivery (how long it takes and how well it is customized to your teeth). Or you can find a great dentist with a whitening for life program who will wait until your teeth are in optimum health (to prevent sensitivity), and then provide a complimentary solution.

In brief: Over the counter, or
Lots of over the counter products can work.
As compared to a professional option they are limited in their strength (concentration) and delivery (how long it takes and how well it is customized to your teeth). Or you can find a great dentist with a whitening for life program who will wait until your teeth are in optimum health (to prevent sensitivity), and then provide a complimentary solution.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
In brief: Quality is Best
Quality is your best choice.
.. A small layer of enamel is removed with bleaching. Overdoing bleaching/whitening can produce permanent discoloration. Please see only a dentist for bleaching and refrain from the current trend of whitening in a spa or mall or beauty salon. Whitening teeth is best managed by an experienced dentist, for your dental & gum health and will best cheapest in the long run.

In brief: Quality is Best
Quality is your best choice.
.. A small layer of enamel is removed with bleaching. Overdoing bleaching/whitening can produce permanent discoloration. Please see only a dentist for bleaching and refrain from the current trend of whitening in a spa or mall or beauty salon. Whitening teeth is best managed by an experienced dentist, for your dental & gum health and will best cheapest in the long run.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Peroxide
Peroxide is the key ingredient in most whiteners.
This safe-for-the-mouth bleaching agent forms bubbles on enamel that lift away stains. The higher the concentration of peroxide and the longer you leave it on your teeth, the whiter they'll get. The downside: bleaching molecules can get trapped in nerve passageways, causing increased, though temporary, tooth sensitivity.

In brief: Peroxide
Peroxide is the key ingredient in most whiteners.
This safe-for-the-mouth bleaching agent forms bubbles on enamel that lift away stains. The higher the concentration of peroxide and the longer you leave it on your teeth, the whiter they'll get. The downside: bleaching molecules can get trapped in nerve passageways, causing increased, though temporary, tooth sensitivity.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Dr. Kevin Daus
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