Even on the darkest days of the American Revolution, George Washington would set aside 15 minutes to soak his wooden dentures in ewe's milk, hoping to inspire a believable shade of ivory. For $20, today's Groupon gets you one UltraBright teeth-whitening session at Le Cheval Day Spa (a $49.99 value) in Ponte Vedra.
At the forefront of cosmetic dentistry, whitening is a quick, effective way to remove spirit-crushing stains, zapping your smile with a jolt of blinding confidence. The process is simple: one of Le Cheval's friendly staff members checks your chompers against the shade guide to determine their pre-makeover hue. Your pearly off-whites are then given a wipe-down to clear the surface of renegade crumbs before they are entombed within whitening-gel-filled trays. After basking in the eerie blue glow of LED light for approximately 20 minutes, the trays are removed, revealing a shiny new set of gleaming human fangs. A quick rinse and a conditioning vitamin E swab right in the kisser complete the process, and customers have the opportunity to reexamine the shade guide for evidence of their newfound dental reflectivity before trotting over to the nearest teahouse to taunt some stain-mongers.
Although some clients experience a slight tingling sensation or gum blanching as a result of their session, this usually ebbs within a few hours, unless the symptoms are actually caused by the piercing of true love's arrow. Teeth whitening of any sort is not advised for pregnant or nursing women, and it is recommended by UltraBright that potential customers first consult their dentists to confirm that their gums and tusks are free of disease, worn enamel, cavities, and space dust, which can make the treatment less effective or cause sensitivity.
Le Cheval Day Spa
Kitty Vink brings more than two decades of beauty experience to her work at Le Cheval Day Spa. As owner of this full-service oasis, she is well acquainted with skincare techniques, laser hair removal, and permanent cosmetics. It was on an educational trip to Hong Kong that she learned about the Chinese footbath—a 20-minute herbal steep followed by a 10-minute massage. This luxurious treatment can be found on the spa's extensive menu, which also includes ear candling, teeth whitening, and mani-pedis.