Teeth Whitening in Libertyville, IL
With all the coffee, wine, smoking and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth on a daily basis, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if you would like.
Dental hygiene products with whitening properties
Affordable and easy to incorporate into your daily dental routine, the whitening toothpaste and mouthwash are probably the most popular teeth whitening products. Getting whiter teeth simply by switching to a teeth whitening toothpaste and mouthwash seems to be an ideal situation. The downside of these products is that they need time to show some results and when those results show up, they are not nearly as dramatic as the producer advertises.
Over the counter teeth whitening solutions
Over the counter teeth, whitening solutions come in multiple forms. There are whitening strips, gels and all-fitting trays. They all work on the same principle: the teeth are exposed to a teeth whitening substance (mainly hydrogen peroxide, but it can also be carbamide peroxide) for a period (at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours). The procedure is repeated for some days until the teeth have reached the wanted shade. These products remove stains and improve the teeth’s aspect.
Tooth sensitivity and gum irritation have been often reported after such treatments. Also, the concentration of the active substance of over-the-shelf products is considerably lower than in the procedures performed in dental offices. The medium concentration of at-home whitening kits is 3.5% hydrogen peroxide while dentists use 24% to 40% hydrogen peroxide. It means that the whitening process is slower with the home kits. Thus, in-office teeth whitening procedures are recommended.
Professional teeth whitening
The professional teeth whitening is the safest and most effective method of having a white smile. Before starting the in-office whitening procedure, you get a full mouth examination. If there are any problems with receding gums, sensitive teeth, cavities or other similar problems, the dentist will try to solve them first. If everything is in good condition, the dentist suggests one of the options available: traditional bleaching using a customized mouthguard, bleaching activated by a laser beam or laser teeth whitening. A rubber shield will be placed on the gums and mouth tissues for protection.
- The in-office teeth whitening requires, at least, two sessions for optimal results, but more sessions may be needed in case of brown-colored or grey-colored teeth. Grey-colored teeth are the result of antibiotics and are the hardest to whiten, so patience and perseverance are required to obtain good results.
- Laser teeth whitening is quite useful and the latest method. Herein, the hydrogen peroxide is painted on the teeth, and your teeth are subjected to an intense ray of light that speeds up the whitening process.
Teeth whitening can be achieved through a multitude of procedures. However, before choosing one, talk to us and we will suggest the method that best suits you.