Earlier this month, feisty pageant darling Eden Wood of "Toddlers and Tiaras" threw a fit when a Fashion's Week rep denied her teeth whitening. And who can blame the crop-top wearing six-year-old? "Big girl teeth" or not, a bright white smile will always be in style. (Note: Many dentists will not perform laser teeth whitening on clients under the age of 16.)
If you want a smile that sparkles, but can't decide between the many tooth whitening options available (bleaching strips and whitening trays and lasers oh my!), then look no further than the Zeel team of dental experts. Here, we round up five reasons why in-office whitening treatments are the ultimate way to go.
1. More comfort. Bleaching gels can irritate the gum line if the material comes in contact with the tissues surrounding your teeth-and it can be painful! As Zeel Expert Dr. Amanda Seay explains, when tooth whitening is performed in a professional setting, a trained dentist trims away excess gel to avoid any contact with your gums.
2. A whiter, brighter grin. In-office systems make use of stronger bleaching agents with higher concentrations of peroxide. While DIY kits contain between five and 10 percent concentration, professionals are permitted to use products with up to 35 percent peroxide. The more powerful the gel, the better-and brighter-the results.
3. Faster results. Store-bought whitening kits and custom made take-home bleaching trays take days, weeks and even months to see results. In-office whitening procedures, on the other hand, can brighten your smile in a matter of 90 minutes or less. Zoom! whitening takes just 45 minutes, according to Philly-based dentist and Zeel Expert Dr. Leonard Tau.
4. Serious stain remover. In-office whitening procedures make use of light or laser systems that are capable of removing major tooth stains, some which extend beyond the surface tooth enamel alone. Home whitening kits may be unable to lighten deep splotches.
5. A better bond. If you've ever struggled to keep a whitening strip from sliding off of your teeth, then a trip to the dentist is definitely in order. A professional can ensure the snuggest contact of bleaching gel to the surface of the tooth, which is important for the overall success of your whitening procedure.