My parents don’t want me to go to a cosmetic dentist to whiten my teeth until I’m 21. I’m 16 and have my own job. They didn’t exactly say that I can’t do it, so I know I would need to get it done on my own. I’ve been trying to talk my dad into it and I told him I will pay for it. He said he would talk to my mom and they will discuss whether or not I can get it done if I pay for it. He’s not making any promises though. For now they would never take me to the dentist themselves and put it through on their dental insurance so I’m planning on getting it done myself. I want to save enough money to cover the cost so that my parents will never get a bill. Will you please tell how much a cosmetic dentist will charge me to whiten my teeth? Thanks. Brooks
Brooks – We understand that you want a bright smile, but please understand that dentists, doctors, and other healthcare professionals must obey the law. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, this means that a minor cannot receive restorative or cosmetic treatment without the consent of his or her parent or legal guardian.
Translation: A cosmetic dentist won’t whiten your teeth without approval from your parents.
Informed Consent Process
The informed consent process requires a dentist to have a discussion with your parent or legal guardian before you receive treatment. This requires a cosmetic dentist to explain treatment options, risks, and outcomes for the treatment you’re receiving. Depending on the dentist, verbal consent or a signature will be required from a parent or legal guardian.
How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?
If your parents agree that you can have your teeth whitened as long as you pay for it, your dentist will let you know the fees associated with it. Your cosmetic dentist will require you to have a recent dental cleaning before your teeth are whitened. The cost of teeth whitening depends on the dentist and his or her location in the U.S.
The average cost in the U.S. is below. Your actual cost might differ.
Take-home whitening: $250-$400
In-office whitening: $450-$650
Keep in mind that although most people have no problems with teeth whitening, it isn’t for everyone.
- Your cosmetic dentist needs to examine your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy enough for whitening.
- If there are stains in your teeth, the cause of the stains will be determined before your teeth are whitened.
- In some cases, teeth whitening doesn’t help stains at all. It can even make stains worse.
- Your dentist will let you know the results you can expect from bleaching your teeth.
It’s best to speak with your parents and calmly discuss the reasons you want your teeth whitened. Respect their decision. If you try to sneak and get it done anyway, the consequences might not be worth it.
This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.