Teeth whitening is one of the most requested cosmetic procedures due to its universal appeal and incredible social and even (indirectly) financial benefits.
Males and females of all ages desire whiter teeth. According to a multitude of consumer studies, teeth whitening provides amazing benefits: you will be perceived as more attractive, successful, popular, wealthy, and intelligent!
Teeth whitening can even give you a competitive edge in the job market since potential employers are subject to first impressions, too.
Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Many people wonder, "Does teeth whitening work?" The answer is a resounding, "Yes!" Teeth whitening definitely does work. Thousands of people have had their teeth successfully whitened. But how does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening, or bleaching, works by penetrating the tooth enamel with a special peroxide-based bleaching gel containing either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
The special gel actually removes stains and debris that accumulate over the years within the layers of the teeth.
Teeth do tend to darken over the years as well as become more difficult to whiten. This is due to various factors such as dietary habits, whether or not you smoke, your dental hygiene, and genetic factors.
The sooner you begin regular whitening, the easier it will be to get a really white smile.
Fortunately, at The Smile Clinic, we can help you get a whiter, more perfect smile in about one hour, or less, without breaking the bank. We offer two options for teeth whitening: Professional Whitening and Home Whitening.
Professional Teeth Whitening
The advantages of professional, in-office, teeth whitening are clear. The benefits are twofold: Because professional gels are stronger than gels made for home use, you will get more dramatic results faster. Period.
The most effective teeth whitening gels get their power from peroxide. Both professional and home use gels have peroxide, but home whitening products usually contain carbamide peroxide while professional gels contain hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide gels are at least three times stronger than carbamide peroxide: the bleaching power of 24% carbamide peroxide gel is equivalent to 8% hydrogen peroxide gel.
To make the case for professional teeth whitening even stronger, carbamide peroxide must break down into hydrogen peroxide before it will start bleaching the stains in your teeth. It takes awhile for it to break down, so it takes a lot more time and treatments to whiten your teeth. That's why most home teeth whitening products say to use the gel once or twice a day for a week or more. Compare that to three or fewer professional strength treatments done over the course of an hour or less.
There are other benefits to laser teeth whitening as well.
At The Smile Clinic, you will receive courteous, skilled care from a dentist or dental professional who will assist you throughout the entire process. You will have a comfortable, custom designed chair to relax in, and amenities at hand for your comfort and convenience – little things that make a big difference that you might not think of when you're at home.
Finally, The Smile Clinic has the most advanced teeth whitening accelerator lamps to enhance the bleaching effects of the gel – giving you dramatic results simply not possible at home in the same amount of time.
Home Teeth Whitening
Our home whitening products work great as stand alone whitening treatments as well as follow-up treatments. Nevertheless, for the best, longest lasting results, we recommend that you use our home teeth whitening products as follow up treatments after having one of our professional whitening treatments.
Even though our home bleaching products use the strongest gel available for home use, for best results, you will need to apply the bleaching gel every day, without skipping, until desired results are achieved.
The reason consecutive applications are important is because of the way the enamel interacts with the gel. It's rather dry reading so we won't go into detail here, but trust us, consecutive applications, no more than 24 hours apart, is the most effective way to use home bleaching products.