Cosmetic Dentistry |3 min read

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

Smile before and after teeth whitening

Did you know teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic service in the United States?

According to a recent statistic, 37 million Americans used teeth whiteners in 2020!

Teeth whitening is highly popular because it’s a non-invasive way to improve your appearance, and it can be very effective.

It’s also one of the inexpensive compared to other cosmetic dentistry cases

“But how much does it cost to get teeth whitened?”

We’ll answer that very question in this blog!

Keep reading to find out.

How much does it cost to get your teeth whitened?

The cost will vary, depending on:

  • Where you’re located
  • What type of teeth whitening treatment you choose

What types of teeth whitening are there?

There’s a vast number of teeth whiteners on the market nowadays.

Besides DIY methods (e.g., baking soda solutions), the two main types are:

  • Professional (in-office)
  • At-home kits

In-Office Treatment

In-office whitening treatments are the safest and most effective method.

Many dental offices use Opalescence™ Boost™ professional teeth whitening, which can whiten teeth an average of eight shades in just one visit!

At our Bismarck dental office, we charge $354 per arch, including take-home trays and two bleaching gel syringes for home maintenance.

While this may seem expensive, it’s a more economical option considering it’s:

  • Dentist-approved
  • Controlled
  • Non-damaging to your tooth enamel

Plus, it’s less than the average cost for in-office treatments, which range from $450 to $1,000 per session!

So overall, an in-office teeth whitening treatment will save you hassle, money, and time.

At-home kits

There are countless over-the-counter kits available online and in stores, each varying in price.

Several people use this method because it allows them to get whiter teeth on their own time.


The problem with these kits is that they:

  • May not produce reliable results
  • Take much longer to produce results

A study… This text opens a new tab to the Nature website… found that several over-the-counter products contained dangerous levels of bleaching agents. Excessive amounts of those ingredients can cause:

  • Mouth infections
  • Burns in your mouth
  • Irritation on your gums
  • Loss of tooth enamel
  • Nerve damage
  • Gum-shrinking


Some dentists offer approved at-home teeth whitening options, which are safe and also wonderfully whiten teeth.

Our office offers Opalescence gel… This text opens a new tab to the Opalescence website…, which gives professional results from the comfort of your home!

This take-home treatment costs $242 per arch, including:

  • A custom tray for each arch of teeth
  • Four bleaching gel syringes

This gel contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, which will help maintain the health of your enamel during the whitening process.


Your dentist will thoroughly instruct you on how to properly use this treatment and achieve the best results.

Does insurance cover teeth whitening?

Most insurance policies don’t cover cosmetic treatments. But some dental practices offer convenient payment options to help make treatment more affordable.

Thinking of trying teeth whitening?

You can get either in-office treatment or a professional take-home kit at Aesthetic Dental Center!

Our Bismarck dentist, Dr. Krysta Sellers, has had extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry. She can help you get the smile you want and deserve.

To see if you’re a candidate for teeth whitening, please contact us to schedule a consultation.

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Aesthetic Dental Center is located in Bismarck, ND, and proudly serves Mandan, Lincoln, Dickinson, Williston, Minot, Watford City, Jamestown, Hazen, Beulah, and surrounding communities.

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