Teeth whitening price guide: Home kits, salons or dentists?, Money News


Home use kits are generally quite mild and are generally best suited for light, extrinsic stains (like the superficial ones you get from smoking and drinking coffee).

They usually contain low doses of hydrogen peroxide (less than 0.1%) as a bleaching agent. It should not hurt or cause sensitivity unless used incorrectly (for example, left in place too long).

Crest 3D Whitestrips (from $10.50)


A very popular at-home whitening product is the Crest Whitestrip. Although it is not available in local pharmacies, many retailers sell it in Singapore and you can buy it from online marketplaces like Qoo10 and Lazada.

The cheapest is a set of three sachets ($10.50), which is good for three uses. You just need to press a strip on your teeth and leave on for 30 minutes. According to the website, you need three days (three applications, once a day) to see a difference and 20 days to see full results.

Most people get the larger boxes (like the 14-strip one for $42.70) for multiple uses.

BlanX Whitening Treatment with LED ($33.90)


If you are looking to drop by the local pharmacy to purchase one, you may want to consider BlanX White Shock Teeth Whitening Treatment with LED Bite. It’s $33.90 and only available at Watson.

This kit works like toothpaste, except it includes an LED device that you stick in your mouth to activate the whitening agent. Apparently, it uses a patented Actilux formula that bonds to your tooth enamel to create a barrier. The Actilux is activated by natural light, but its effectiveness is enhanced when using the LED device.

This whitening kit does not use peroxide and is non-abrasive, so it is good for those with sensitive teeth.

iWhite Instant Teeth Whitening (from $49.90)


The final type are those that use whitening gels in trays.

Home kits from iWhite Instant are the most common in Singapore – I see them in almost every supermarket and personal care store. There are two types – the basic ($54) and an intensive for darker spots ($61.90).

Each box comes with 10 silicone trays of the whitening formula. Simply put it in your mouth and let it sit for 20 minutes. If you use it for all your teeth, each application will use two trays (top and bottom). If you only care about whitening the top set, you can do the five-day treatment twice.

2. Teeth whitening in beauty salons – expensive, but still cheaper than the dentist

If you don’t trust yourself with home kits, you can have the whitening done by a semi-pro.

Fair in Singapore teeth whitening price Promotion
wellaholic $99
Kosme aesthetic $200 $150 for the first session
Simply Aesthetic $380 $180 for the first session
Mirage Aesthetic $480 $138 for the first session
Lush aesthetic $250 $150 for the first session

Most beauty salons use a method called LED whitening where a gel is applied to your teeth and activated with an LED light. It’s a unique thing, done at the salon. Many salons boast that whitening lightens your teeth up to eight shades, but judging by online reviews…that seems overkill.

Wellaholic (from $99)

Pricing varies by salon, but they’re usually around $200. The cheapest I could find is from Wellaholic at $99. Not only do they have a very attractive price, but they also seem to have rave reviews on Google.

You also have eight outlets you can choose from to have your teeth whitening sessions and if all the claims they make online are accurate, that also means there are no hidden charges! Worth a try, if you ask us.

Kosme Aesthetic, Simply Aesthetic, and Mirage Aesthetic ($200)


These salons offer whitening services at $200 per session. There is a promo going on that offers $50 off the first session. All three do LED whitening with peroxide-free gels, which is great if you have sensitive teeth.

It doesn’t state what the peroxide substitute is, but from what I’ve read online, many sites suggest that sodium perborate is used instead. Although effective in lightening stains, it is not a true bleach (like peroxide).

Lush aesthetic ($250)

Like those mentioned above, Lush Aesthetics also performs LED whitening with a peroxide-free gel. It is more expensive than the others. However, they have an ongoing promotion that offers a $100 discount for the first session.

If you intend to commit to teeth whitening sessions, they also offer packages that would make each session slightly cheaper.

3. Teeth whitening by dentists – the most expensive and effective

The last option is the most expensive, but also the most “legitimate” and effective method of teeth whitening. If you can afford it, you should go to a certified dentist.

Like many home kits, dentists use hydrogen peroxide in their whitening gels. However, the difference is that dentists are allowed to use the bleach in concentrations above 0.1%. That’s why it’s much more efficient.

Prices for teeth whitening in dental clinics

Dental clinic in Singapore In-office teeth whitening Home teeth whitening
NTUC Health Denticare $900 $500
Parkway Dental Offices $950 $450
Raffles Dental $950.20 $400.20
Q&M Dental Group $1,070 $642
i.Dental $1,155 (up to $1,200) $642
Healthway Dental Group $1,300 $600

There are two types of teeth whitening treatments at the dentist – the in-office procedure and the take-home kit.

In-office teeth whitening at the dentist (~$1,000)

For the former, you can expect to spend around $1,000. The prices listed above exclude consultation fees, but include everything else.

With the dentist, the main benefit is that you get a professional assessment of your suitability for the procedure before you do anything. This is important because the chemicals are stronger and could damage your teeth if not done right.


NTUC Health Denticare is known to be affordable and offers it starting at $900. Larger chains like Raffles Dental and Q&M are slightly more expensive, but still under $1,000.

In case you were wondering, only basic dental services are subsidized and can be performed at polyclinics. So while you can get scale and polish your pearly whites for cheap, you can’t have them whitened for less.

To-go whitening kits from the dentist (from $400)

The next type is the take-home kits prescribed by your dentist. Like prescription drugs versus over-the-counter drugs, you can’t compare them with the kits you buy at the pharmacy.

These are stronger and are only sold at the discretion of your dentist, so you will also need to go for a consultation. Often, the take-home kit is also used as a maintenance follow-up treatment for those who have had in-office whitening.

Interestingly, although Raffles Dental is slightly more expensive for in-office whitening, its on-the-go kits are the cheapest.

This article was first published in MoneySmart.


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