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Mall Whitening

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by MnBr63, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. MnBr63

    MnBr63 7+ Year Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I was in a mall the other day and I saw 3 girls wearing light blue scrubs holding clip boards in front of a kiosk for teeth whitening. Mad as I was, I was still very curious about this place. This article reminded me, almost exactly, of the conversation that I had with one of these "technicians."

    When I asked her what solution they used and if they had to be trained to do it she really said:
    "Its hydrogen peroxide and we use a blue light with it. We didn't go through any training but its real weak so its approved with the FDA its okay for your teeth."

    I also loved that since it was a kiosk in the middle of the mall there was no running water for, say.....anything that requires rinsing. Gotta love that the process is legal because the "patient" is doing it to themselves.
    I can just see people now saying "My teeth are healthy. I just got them whitened at the mall."
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  3. Quattro DMD

    Quattro DMD 5+ Year Member

    May 20, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Wow, that's gotta be the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. I can't believe they're getting away with doing that in the mall. And I use 22% carbamide peroxide to bleach my teeth and that's super strong, so I wonder how how the hell they're using 30%.
  4. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    Maybe I could start a booth like that at the mall to offset some of this debt? Honest, it's safe. Trust me. I'm going to be a dentist in 3 years provided I don't flunk my boards.
  5. MnBr63

    MnBr63 7+ Year Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    ha..that reminds me of a story i read on the pre-med forum:

    "So I'm umpiring a little league game today cause I had some down time when the pitcher gets drilled in the head by a line-drive from the batter, and he is instantly down. Not knocked out, just knocked down and in a lot of pain! So me and the other umpires rush to the kids side, his parents come from the stands, one of the coaches who's an EMT comes, etc.

    Then about a minute later some kid who was about my age comes rushing onto the field, and pushes his way through all of us to look at the kid. This kid kneels by the player's head, and the EMT coach says, "Who are you?"

    The kid looks him right in the eye, and says, "It's ok, don't worry, I'm a premed."
  6. gkhan

    gkhan 2+ Year Member

    May 27, 2008
    need a hand? i can like hand out flyers so the patients can do it themselves.
    we can also get like an automatic uv light so we can't get shut down.

    HAHA mnbr,
    not sure if the rest of you get this, but some people i've told of my aspirations always say stuff like, "did you get your license yet, this tooth is hurting", or "i can't wait till your done so i can get these fixed" i just smile and laugh, thinking if you waited for me to get done you'd probably not have any teeth anymore :)
  7. Ober3

    Ober3 2+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Oh wow!

    I saw the same thing at the mall. I was pretty upset by the whole thing too. The tech. kept boasting about how it was only $99 and totally safe! The concept actually started in Europe and now its slowly creeping into the U.S....
  8. THDental

    THDental 5+ Year Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    hahaa. My sis did go to a dental office in Vietnam for teeth whitening, and they gave her 36% carbamide peroxide to bleach her teeth at home. wat the....? and I advised her to stop using it. I don't think it's safe when you use carbamide peroxide with a high concentration, but it can't make you die...hahhahahh
  9. BioMaxDDS

    BioMaxDDS It will come true 5+ Year Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    what did the EMT guy say?

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