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July 21, 2005, Metro Boston
By Laura Dannen, Edited by Sual Williams

Parkside Associates Inc. is a health care research firm in Park Ridge, IL committed to measuring and improving patient satisfaction.

Everyone loves BriteSmile. It’s a bleaching agent we apply to your teeth, and then we shine a blue plasma light on it and it whitens your teeth beautifully. It takes about an hour, but it will last about six month to a year. We also do a lot of veneers, which are great for patients with gaps, stained, badly shaped or crooked teeth. They’re very thin, custom-made porcelain shells that cover the front of your tooth or teeth. They’re permanent – you can even floss between them – and in about 15-20 years you replace them.

Finally there’s Invisalign. It does the work of conventional braces, but is more like a retainer that you wear. There are no wires gouging into your gums. Instead you wear clear aligners that you replace every two weeks. You can eat with them in (or out), brush them, even bleach them. Patients will use them over a period of 18 to 30 months.

How much does each procedure cost?

BriteSmile costs about $500 – $650 for full treatment, veneers cost about $900 to $1200 per tooth, and Invisalign costs about $4,500 to $6,000.

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