What Professional Teeth Whitening REALLY Feels Like

Marni Golden

teeth whitening What Professional Teeth Whitening REALLY Feels Like

It’s no secret that the teeth-whitening industry is a booming business. Anyone can walk into their nearest pharmacy and discover rows of whitening pastes, strips and even pens – all for less than 50 bucks. So why on earth would anyone leave the comfort of his or her home and spend a pretty penny on an actual whitening treatment at a proper dental office? BECAUSE THE DRUGSTORE ONES DON’T WORK AS WELL.

Let’s get one thing out of the way: I’m vain. I’ve tried every teeth-whitening process under the sun, and I haven’t quite found the perfect fit. That’s why when I heard about Smile Arts of NY through Lifebooker, I decided to give it a go.

Read on to learn about my experience:

What You Need to Know Before You Go: 

  •  This takes a little over an hour, so plan accordingly.
  • Make sure you don’t have super sensitive teeth  — this isn’t for you if you do.
  • They encourage you have a dental appointment prior to your session to reduce existing plaque and tartar.
  • Have your morning coffee before you go, because you can’t have any for 48 hours following the procedure.
  • If you have severe anxiety about sitting still with your mouth propped open for an hour, again, this probably isn’t for you.
  • It works.

What I Learned About Smile Arts Teeth Whitening:

  • The staff is beyond friendly and accommodating – they even have Apple TV so you can watch your favorites shows during the whole shebang. Naturally, I watched my favorite, naughty Upper East Siders.
  • You get to wear these cool orange glasses the whole time, so the brightening light doesn’t blind you.
  • My teeth were a little sore afterwards, but nothing unbearable.
  • You can’t consume dark food/bevs for 48 hours after the process, and they give you a really funny list of foods recs (read: white gravy, pancakes with white syrup and white bread with no crust.
  • Fettuccine Alfredo is a perfectly acceptable lunch for 48 hours.

Who Should Have It Done:

  • Those with thick enamel – i.e. not very sensitive teeth.
  • Those who can sit still in a dentist’s chair for over an hour.
  • Those who aren’t afraid of light beams.
  • Those who can avoid coffee for two days.
  • Those who are as equally vain as I am.

What The Process Is Like:

  • First, you get a quick polishing session. For me, this was the worst part.
  • Then, you undergo three 15-minute Zoom light sessions wearing the gel-filled rubbery retainer.
  • If you have sensitive teeth, they advise you do two 15-minutes sessions and promise you’ll still see results.

 How Long Does It Take:

  • About 75 minutes.

How Much Does It Cost:

Each place varies, but luckily for you we have an exclusive Lifebooker deal to offer you in NYC, SF and LA:

NYC:$99 at Smile Arts of NY

LA: $89 at Complete Dental Centers

SF: $179 at Bonita Dental

Image Courtesy of Lifebooker