If you’re ever thinking about visiting beautiful Cali, Colombia, you should seriously consider getting some teeth whitening done. It’s an excellent way to improve the look of your smile in a quick, effective, and inexpensive way. You could easily save yourself hundreds of dollars in the process.
There are generally two classes of teeth whitening that are performed professionally at a dentist’s office. This article will explain the differences between the two and other details regarding getting your teeth done in Cali, Colombia.
The two types of teeth whitening you’d receive in Cali, Colombia
As you may know, there are many options when it comes to teeth whitening. There are some that you can do in the comfort of your home, like tooth whitening toothpaste or mouthwashes, and whitening strips.
And then there are some that can only be done by visiting a dental office. This is the same in Cali, Colombia. If you want quick, noticeable, and affordable changes in your teeth whiteness then you should see a dentist.
In Cali, Colombia, like at other places, there are really two classes of professional teeth whitening that can be done, laser teeth whitening and teeth whitening take home kits. You will get great results from both options, deciding which one is best for you comes down to a few details.
We will discuss the differences of the two in the coming paragraphs below. With this information, you should be able to make a better decision on which type of teeth whitening you’d like to get done while you’re in Cali, Colombia.
1. Laser teeth whitening is $100 USD per session
The most common option between the two is laser teeth whitening and it works as follows. Before any teeth whitening begins, the dentist in Cali, Colombia will perform a typical dental cleaning to make sure that any food, bacteria, and tartar are cleaned away and not present.
If this is not done, the bleaching agent used for whitening will not be as effective. Failure to remove these obstructions will cause adverse effects and a poor whitening experience.
After a good cleaning, the dentist in Cali, Colombia will apply the whitening gel to the surface of your teeth’s enamel with great precision and care. The dentist will have to be careful to only cover the surfaces of your teeth and not your gums. It is very important that the whitening gel does not come in contact with your gums.
If it does, the soft tissue of your gums will become sore and irritated, and you may experience a burning sensation. Your dentist in Cali, Colombia will probably use a protective barrier over your gums to prevent any of these issues with the whitening gel.
Once the bleaching agent has been applied to the surface of your teeth, the Colombian dentist will use a specialized LED lamp/laser to heat up and activate the whitening gel. The more time your enamel is exposed to the active whitening agent, the more bleaching, the more noticeable the results will be.
Please keep in mind that most patients will require multiple sessions in order to see significant change in the whiteness of their smile. Some folks may only want a single session touch up while others will plan for a multi session regimen.
Treatment appointments are performed in a few small session intervals. The dentist is Cali, Colombia will apply the gel three to four times, with five to ten minutes between each application. The gel will remain on your teeth for about fifteen minutes before it is removed and a new layer is applied.
Your dentist in Cali, Colombia may recommend multiple appointments in order to achieve your desired cosmetic result depending on how white you want your teeth and how much of a gap that is from your current shade. Most patients typically require at least two in-office whitening appointments in order to reach their whitening goals.
Due to the gum sensitivity you will experience, consecutive whitening appointments are spread out every other day. This is done to make sure your gums have time to heal. Of course, if time is of the essence, you may be able to do daily sessions back to back if you’re not too sensitive. Patient reactions can vary.
Please understand that the whiteness of your smile naturally fades away as time marches on. Fading and staining will happen more rapidly if you’re a frequent smoker, coffee drinker, and/or red wine consumer.
You may decide to have new treatments done every few months or years to maintain your desired shade of whiteness. Every patient is different.
Each laser teeth whitening session is priced at $100 USD.
2. Teeth whitening take home kits are $150 USD
A teeth whitening take home kit is another great way to increase the whiteness of your smile with the expert supervision of your dentist in Cali, Colombia. This method uses trays that are custom made for you to deliver the bleaching agent to your teeth in a precise manner.
This is a great option if you’d like to save money on professional teeth whitening but cannot stay in Cali, Colombia for multiple follow up appointments. The process works as follows.
First, your dentist in Cali, Colombia will have to take impressions of your teeth in order to custom make the trays. These impressions are sent to lab technicians who do the manufacturing. Once the trays have been created, you and your Colombian dentist will discuss how to properly use your new equipment, answering any questions you may have about how the treatment works.
To simply explain, you will fill a syringe up with the whitening agent and squeeze it out in your custom trays. These trays will then be placed over your teeth, covering the enamel surfaces of your teeth. Once the gel has evenly covered your teeth, oxygen molecules will start to penetrate your enamel and the whitening process will begin.
The length of your treatment will depend on the strength of the whitening gel concentration designed for your intended results. For the most part, you should wear your tray daily anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes.
There is also an overnight treatment option where you’ll employ the use a weaker, diluted gel that can safely be left in your mouth overnight. Please let your dentist in Cali, Colombia know if this option interests you. Most complete whitening treatment regimens should last about 2 whole weeks.
Your dentist in Cali, Colombia will recommend that you do this teeth whitening treatment every few months, or whenever stains begin to appear again. Only perform touch-up treatments with the guidance of your Colombian dentist.
Please know that over-whitening can cause permanent enamel erosion. You also should also not whiten your teeth if you are pregnant. The whitening gel contains chemicals that can harm your child if accidentally swallowed.
Each teeth whitening take home kit costs $150 USD.
Why does teeth whitening in Cali, Colombia cost so little?
The reason why teeth whitening (and cosmetic dentistry in general) costs so little in Cali, Colombia compared to in the US or Canada is that the price of labor is relatively inexpensive.
You’re really just saving on cost of labor since many dentists in Cali, Colombia use the exact same dental manufacturers and materials as dentists back home.
Make sure your dentist in Cali, Colombia is experienced in teeth whitening
As with any dental care, make sure the Colombian dentist who will be doing the teeth whitening treatment has experience with the type of procedure you’d like done.
Though these are common procedures and most dentists in Cali, Colombia will have a good deal experience, you should read reviews online, explore their website and social media, and speak with their office directly first.