What is the difference between whitening and bleaching?
You know you need a solution to your less than vibrant teeth, but what are the differences between whitening and bleaching? According to the FDA, the term “bleaching” is permitted to be used only when the teeth can whiten beyond their natural color. This applies strictly to products that contain bleach – typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
“Whitening,” however, is a process that restores a tooth’s surface color by removing dirt and debris. There are many at home “whitening,” tools, such as toothpaste, white strips and other at home remedies, but many will not achieve the look you wish to have as it is not as bright as bleaching.
Most people start their lives with perfect, sparkling white teeth thanks to a perfect enamel surface. Composed of microscopic crystalline rods, tooth enamel is designed to protect teeth from the effects of chewing, gnashing, trauma and acid attacks caused by sugar. But over the years enamel is worn down, becoming more transparent and permitting the yellow color of dentin – the tooth’s core material – to show through.
Teeth bleaching or “whitening,” can be done by your dentist to achieve brighter teeth faster. The bleaching solution applied by dentists is much stronger and more efficient than any at home kits, and the combination of heat and light administered by a dentist makes it much speedier and more efficient to achieve the smile of your dreams.
The most dramatic and visible results in which teeth get three to eight shades brighter usually takes several 30 to 60 minute in-office visits. Some dentists can use techniques that can be done in a single 2-hour appointment.
It is our goal at Smile Xpressions to offer the very best dental care to our patients. We work diligently to keep our office up to date with the most innovative technologies and consistently continue the education of our friendly staff to ensure that you are receiving the highest level of care.
When you visit Smile Xpressions, we are dedicated to your comfort and providing you with the utmost level of dental care. We strive to not only give you the highest level of dental health available but also to give you a safe place to talk about your health and give you the option to improve or alter your smile in any way you see fit.
To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about bleaching, contact us today at (575) 746-1900.
I always receive great dental care at Smile Expressions! The staff is very friendly and accommodating, the hygienist is thorough and knowledgeable, and the dentist is proactive. They make a great team and provide quality service.
Smile expressions is an excellent, professional dental establishment that treats everyone like family. If Dr. Kay Youngren performs any dental work you can feel comfortable that she will do it professionally and with integrity. The hygienists are professional and personal. They care about their patients. I will definitely keep coming back.
Everyone was friendly and helpful. I appreciated Dr. Kay taking the time to explain what she was going to do and why. I did not have to wait to be seen. The whole process was very efficient from walking in the door to exiting. I was very satisfied with the care I received.
I always receive prompt and great service. There is no wait time, all staff very friendly. the text reminders are great. Love Candace
I received excellent service from a very professional staff. Dr. Younggren was wonderful. She strives to make the experience as painless as possible. She is very positive and helps me to relax She focuses her attention on my care and makes me feel relaxed.
All of the ladies are so nice! I have always received excellent dental care, quick, painless, easy peasy. I’ve had bad experiences with other dentists in the past, so I’m always a little nervous, but everyone at Smile Expressions puts me at ease.
They well treat you great and they do a great job of their work. The staff are so friendly.
It is second to none, the whole staff is great and make you feel at ease. I always recommend them to new ones to Artesia, looking for a Dental Office.
It’s a great practice, very professional yet a great and friendly staff. Also will work with you for a payment plan.
Awesome group of ladies. Make me feel very comfortable every visit. Especially that one hygienist with the dark hair. She’s very beautiful and professional.
Best dentist office I’ve ever been to! They get you in and out fast and do excellent work!!!!
All the ladies there are so nice! It’s a great atmosphere and I always feel comfortable! If you have dental issues, I highly recommend Smile Xpressions!
Great place! Nice, professional, and very thorough.
They are all awesome people!! They are very nice and they are very well trained.
I look forward to my appointments at Smile Xpressions! They are always so nice and friendly, the sweetest staff around! Best dentist I’ve ever been to.
Always love the ladies in this office! Professional and kind, they know what they are doing and take great care to make sure their patients are comfortable
Absolutely love the staff!!!!! My daughter hasn’t stopped talking about how she got to assist in cleaning my teeth and how she’s going to be a dentist when she grows up.
By far the best dental experience I’ve had! So glad I made the change! The staff is super sweet and great at keeping little ones entertained. They are all so patient, helpful, and kind!
I appreciated the fact that the staff was thorough. Each step of the exam was explained to me so I knew what was happening. The staff seemed to enjoy working at Smile Expressions! Thank you for a wonderful experience.
Dr. Younggren is very thorough and explains everything as she goes. She is very compassionate and understanding. The entire staff is welcoming and makes you feel right at home. I recommend this office to anyone needing a dentist, especially if you’re new to the area.
This dentist is fantastic. She is very personable and professional. The office staff are all very helpful and polite. In addition, I’ve never had to wait long and have always been seen promptly when I arrive for my appointment. 5 stars.