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Getting whiter teeth is now easier thanks to technological advances making procedures quicker, pain-free and more affordable than ever.
Getting whiter teeth is now easier thanks to technological advances making procedures quicker, pain-free and more affordable than ever.

DO YOUR teeth look yellow?

At So-U Beauty we have a solution to this problem - teeth whitening.

This process isn't new; these machines have been at every beauty expo that I have been at for many years.

But one thing I have noticed over time is many technical improvements have been made, making today's procedure quicker, pain-free and much more affordable.

We received our new teeth whitening machine this week and I can let you know our first client was in the chair and out in 20 minutes and you could see the results straight away.

If your teeth are stained from coffee or red wine or smoking then this treatment could be for you.

The process is simple, quick, effective and pain-free. This whole process can be repeated until the desired whiteness is achieved.

Here are answers to frequently-asked questions.

Who should undergo this treatment?

People with teeth stained by smoking or by substances such as coffee or tea. It also whitens teeth stained by tetracycline, speckled by fluoride, or hereditary discoloration.

Who cannot have this treatment? This treatment is contraindicated for clients who are pregnant or lactating.

The treatment is also contraindicated for children under the age of 16. Additionally, any clients with known allergies to hydrogen peroxide or glycols should not undergo the treatment.

If I have veneers, bonding, or caps, will this treatment still whiten my teeth?

As with all cosmetic teeth-whitening treatments, this treatment is only effective on natural teeth.

If your dental work is visible when you smile, you should discuss your appropriate recourse for matching these items with your surrounding enamel with your dental professional.

What's the difference between hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide?

The two most common active ingredients are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide (also called urea peroxide).

While the two are closely related, there are several differences that explain why certain manufacturers use hydrogen peroxide and others carbamide peroxide.

Hydrogen peroxide is "pure" hydrogen peroxide. In other words, it is not combined with any other chemicals.

During use, it breaks down into water and oxygen while penetrating through the tooth enamel and breaking apart the longer carbon chain molecules that cause visible stains in the teeth.

This oxidising process is what causes the "whitening" effect. Carbamide peroxide is hydrogen peroxide dissolved in urea crystals.

As a result of the combination of hydrogen peroxide and urea, it is less powerful, weight by weight, than "pure" hydrogen peroxide.

In general, hydrogen peroxide products are used for short daytime use and carbamide peroxide is used for longer overnight periods.

What I love is that it is up to you how white you have your teeth and personally I don't think you could go from yellowish teeth to bright white; it wouldn't look natural.

But remember, ask your beauty therapist about teeth whitening and if you are unsure if your teeth are in good condition see your dentist.

 

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Topics:  beauty, beauty therapy, lifestyle, teeth whitening


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