In-Salon Or In-Office Teeth Whitening: Which is Right for You?

November 2, 2023

Are you dreaming of a brighter, more radiant smile? At The Smile Bar, we understand the importance of having teeth that shine, enhancing your overall confidence and leaving a lasting impression. We offer two options for teeth whitening: in-salon treatments and in-office treatments, each with its own set of advantages. Today, we’ll delve into the key differences between the two approaches, helping you make an informed choice for the smile you’ve always desired.

In-Salon Treatments: The Salon Experience

In-salon whitening, as the name suggests, is a comfortable and hassle-free process, done in the relaxed atmosphere of our salon. This non-invasive procedure eliminates sensitivity, making it an excellent choice for those looking to brighten their smile with minimal fuss.

The in-salon whitening process is straightforward. Using a specially designed rail, we apply a mild bleaching gel with a 6% hydrogen peroxide concentration to your teeth. This gel is then activated with blue plasma light, a gentle process that doesn’t harm your tooth enamel. It breaks down the stubborn discolouration that has built up in your enamel over time. Additionally, the gel contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, which counteract sensitivity and protect your teeth throughout and after the treatment.

  • Percentage of Bleaching Agent and Treatment Time: Our in-salon treatment uses a 6% concentration in our gel and requires just 20 minutes per session.
  • Results: In-salon whitening yields a natural finish, with results typically ranging from 2 to 9 shades whiter.
  • Frequency of Treatments: With the lower volume of bleaching agent used, you can safely do in-salon treatments as often as needed to achieve your desired shade, usually requiring a touch-up every 3-6 months.

What sets our in-salon treatment apart is its simplicity and effectiveness. The treatment is gentler on your teeth, leaving them feeling naturally radiant, and you can go about your daily routine without any restrictions. Plus, we apply NanoSeal Total+, a solution containing nano-structured fluoride, to remineralise and rebuild the enamel instantly. This product minimises sensitivity and allows you to eat and drink right after the treatment.

In-Office Treatments: Stepping It Up a Notch

In-office whitening is performed under close dental supervision, offering you the potential for a Hollywood white or paper white finish. However, this treatment may not be suitable for everyone. If you have extremely sensitive teeth, highly irritable gums, active cavities or concerning dental conditions, our dental team will advise on the best option for you.

  • Percentage of Bleaching Agent and Treatment Time: In-office whitening employs a gel with a higher concentration of 35% and requires only 10 minutes per session.
  • Results: In-office whitening is incredibly effective, potentially making your teeth 15-20 shades whiter, providing a Hollywood-white finish.
  • Frequency of Treatments: In-office results are highly effective and enduring, requiring minimal maintenance. If necessary, any touch-ups can conveniently be performed using in-salon treatments.

The in-office treatment is ideal for those who want quick and efficient results in a short time. This one-time treatment, performed at a dentist’s office, typically takes 1 to 1.5 hours in total. Since The Smile Bar is a division of Family Dental Care, a trusted group of dental practices, your teeth will be in good hands!

The process begins with a thorough teeth cleaning to remove surface coatings and stains. A protective, flowable plastic is applied along the gumline to safeguard your gums from the bleaching gel. The hydrogen peroxide gel is then applied directly to your teeth and activated with blue plasma light. This light doesn’t bleach but accelerates the bleaching process by activating the gel, which is used three times during the treatment.

This process is quick, efficient, and safe. The gel’s neutral pH value ensures it won’t damage your enamel, and additives in the gel mitigate sensitivity while strengthening your enamel. The Plasma LED light unit doesn’t emit heat and won’t damage the tooth nerve.

So, Which Teeth Whitening Option Is Right For You?

Your choice of teeth whitening depends on your preferences and priorities. In-salon treatments offer a milder approach with a more natural finish, whereas in-office treatments provide rapid, dramatic results. In both cases, your smile will shine brighter, enhancing your overall confidence. You have the freedom to choose the treatment that best suits your comfort level, oral health, teeth sensitivity and budget.

At The Smile Bar, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Our friendly and professional team is here to assist you in choosing the best teeth-whitening solution for your needs. Contact us today or visit our website to learn more about our services and schedule your appointment. Let’s boost your confidence with a radiant smile at The Smile Bar!


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