Salon Whitening VS. Dental Whitening: What’s The Difference?

November 13, 2019

If you’re looking to have your teeth whitened, you have two options: Salon Whitening or Dental Whitening. While both are proven and effective ways to get your teeth whitened, it’s still important that you know the differences between the two options.

But first, let’s provide a little background on teeth whitening.

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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

There are tons of different professional teeth whitening products and services out there but they all use the same basic ingredient: peroxides. These chemicals contain volatile oxygen molecules that break apart the chemical bonds that hold together the stains on the surface of your teeth.

Acting as a bleaching agent, it wipes away these stains and restores the appearance of your pearly whites.

Every professional teeth whitening product uses hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as the active whitening ingredient. Yet, it activates them in different ways.

Laser Whitening

Laser whitening is one of the most popular teeth whitening methods available. It starts with the application of a gel or whitening over your teeth, as well as a dam to protect the gums. A laser pointer will then be inserted into your mouth and shined onto your teeth to activate the whitening gel. 

With the pointer manually held by the whitening professional, it’s important to be aware of how long your teeth are exposed to the bleaching gel as long exposure can lead to the erosion of the enamel surrounding your teeth. Because all this is done by hand, side effects like tooth sensitivity and gum irritation are to be expected.

LED Technology

On the other hand, we have newer LED technology that automates the teeth whitening process. Instead of using a manually held laser pointer, the whitening solution is activated by innovative LED lights that jumpstart the tooth whitening process. The LED lights are held in place by external stands and are simply pointed at your teeth before the process starts. 

This hands-off method removes the possibility of human error. It lowers the probability of having side effects like increased tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. 

We discuss the difference between the two methods in greater depth in this article.

So, now that you know how teeth whitening works, it’s time to understand the difference between dental whitening and salon whitening – with a focus on the different ways they approach your oral health. 

What is Dental Whitening?

Dental whitening is when you get your teeth whitened through a licensed dentist. The process is safe, effective, and often done under the supervision of a dental professional – which is where it gets its name. 

Dental whitening is a great option for those with more serious dental issues. The physicians attending to patients may also be checked for other dental problems, such as inflamed gums or tooth decay. Tooth discoloration may be a side effect to another condition so whitening won’t do any good.

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Your dentist may be able to offer applicable treatments or products to whiten your teeth – though this is definitely a less affordable option. 

What is Salon Whitening?

Salon whitening is akin to going to the spa and getting treatments done to yourself without treating any specific medical or oral conditions. Think of it like a hair salon but specifically for your teeth.

Many people will say that teeth whitening should be done by licensed dentists. They cite the invasive nature of laser teeth whitening as their main source of concern. The technology, they say, requires regulatory oversight and extreme care. Overexposure to the laser to the teeth can lead to quick deterioration in the teeth’s enamel resulting in teeth sensitivity.

While these claims may have truth in them, not all teeth whitening salons use the same old laser technology. Newer smile salons, like The Smile Bar, use state-of-the-art LED technology to achieve white teeth in an even shorter time. 

Teeth whitening salons are also more affordable compared to the teeth whitening packages offered by most dental clinics. This doesn’t mean that we are less capable than licensed dentists. 

In fact, we’ve partnered with trusted establishments like BrilliantSmile Sweden, one of Sweden’s premier teeth whitening product manufacturers, to help build our customer’s trust in us. 

Here at The Smile Bar, you’re in smart, capable hands that will get your teeth shining brightly in no time. 

Salon Whitening or Dental Whitening: Which Should I Get?

If it’s for serious dental or medical conditions, you should go see a licensed dentist and get checked out there. For strictly tooth whitening, however, salon whitening at professional institutions like The Smile Bar is just as safe, efficient, and effective compared to getting your teeth whitened anywhere else. 

The Smile Bar’s services start at the low price of Php 3,999 and the best part? Your teeth become 2 to 9 shades whiter in as little as 20 minutes. Smile as white as bright as you want with us here at The Smile Bar. Book an appointment with us today.

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