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Why Professional Teeth Whitening Is the Better Choice

Why Professional Teeth Whitening Is the Better Choice

Every year, nearly 36 million Americans take a look in the mirror and decide they’d be better off if their teeth were whiter. After that “aha!” moment, they have two choices: Head to the store to grab an off-the-shelf DIY kit, or head into their dentist’s office for a professional teeth whitening treatment. 

Which is better?

We get this question a lot at Innovative Dental Ideas in Hilliard, Ohio. Dr. James Butler and our team of dental experts are passionate about preventive dental care and optimizing oral health; having confidence in your smile is a big part of that. 

We offer the Prophy Plus™ whitening system by Smile Perfected™ because it’s better than any product you can buy at your local drug store or online. Here’s why.

The science behind teeth whitening

Whether your teeth are stained from coffee, tea, smoke, wine, dark foods, or medications, brushing and flossing alone may not be enough to buff them back to brilliance. 

A session of professional cleaning by our experts at Innovative Dental Ideas takes your teeth to the next level, but if the stains are deep, you may need to consider whitening treatments.

From the kits that line the shelves in your supermarket to the most advanced technology you can get in a dentist’s chair, teeth whitening systems all rely on bleaching agents — typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These bleaching agents break up the stains into smaller particles that can be rinsed away. 

That’s what all teeth whitening systems have in common. Here’s how they differ, and why professional teeth whitening is the better choice:


The bleach in over-the-counter (OTC) whitening strips, pens, and trays is too weak to eliminate tough stains. The formula, which usually contains hydrogen peroxide, is intentionally mild because misuse can damage your teeth and gums. Manufacturers have to limit the potency of the product to keep consumers safe, but in doing so, they also limit the potential whitening power.

Smile Perfected Prophy Plus contains a proprietary hybrid blend of hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide, and potassium nitrate to tackle tough stains in a way that DIY kits simply can’t match.


Although most teeth whitening kits available to the public aren’t strong enough to cause severe pain, they are well known for increasing tooth sensitivity and causing gum irritation. 

Smile Perfected Prophy Plus’s perfectly balanced formula — combined with our team’s expertise and skill — ensure you experience a comfortable whitening session with zero pain or sensitivity.


If you’ve ever used an OTC whitening system, you know they taste awful. And the fact that you need to tolerate it for 30 minutes a couple of times a day is reason enough to reject this method. 

Smile Perfected Prophy Plus, on the other hand, contains a pleasant blend of mint and menthol that makes your professional teeth whitening session at Innovative Dental Ideas a lot more enjoyable. 


High concentrations of hydrogen peroxide can damage your tooth enamel and make it vulnerable to demineralization, or calcium loss. Studies show that high levels of carbamide peroxide (35%) can also damage your tooth structure. 

This is why consumer teeth whitening kits contain lower levels of bleach. Unfortunately, many people misuse their kits, attempting to get their enamel even whiter, and end up harming their teeth.

Smile Perfected Prophy Plus uses a precisely formulated combination of whitening agents in an effective gel that’s safe for your teeth. We also protect your gums from the whitening chemicals to keep them out of harm’s way. 


With OTC whitening systems, you can expect to wait about two weeks before you see the maximum effects. During that time, you need to set aside 30 minutes twice a day to wear the messy strips or trays. 

Smile Perfected Prophy Plus whitens your teeth in a single 20-minute session.


Regardless of what the manufacturer claims, most OTC whitening kits will only improve the color of your teeth by one or two shades. They work best on very mild discolorations and have little effect on deep stains and yellowed teeth.

Smile Perfected Prophy Plus not only contains a more effective formula, we also boost your results with the help of a special LED light that activates the ingredients in the whitening gel, speeding up the process and ensuring excellent results.

When your quick Smile Perfected Prophy Plus session is complete, we send you home with a whitening pen and tray so you can touch up your smile and maintain a brilliant shade of white. 

To schedule your Smile Perfected Prophy Plus professional teeth whitening treatment, call our friendly staff or book an appointment online today. You can walk away with bright, luminous smile in just 20 minutes.

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