In yesterday’s blog, we discussed how to avoid stains on teeth from red wine. We also mentioned two types of teeth whitening – in the dentist office, and at home. Both options have various features and benefits that might speak to your personal needs. Your Northern Chicago dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, is here to give you an overview of both types.
In-Office Teeth Whitening: Leave it to Your Dentist
Powerful names like Zoom! and Boost seem accurate for teeth whitening procedures that can make your teeth as many as six shades brighter. Results can vary, depending on the initial color of the patient’s teeth, but these in-office whitening treatments are done by an experienced dental team that will do all they can to get the best possible results. Beginning with a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, your lips will next be covered to avoid direct exposure to the bleaching gel. This dental-grade hydrogen peroxide gel will be applied to your teeth, and then exposed to the light from a laser. The light helps activate the bleaching gel to deeply penetrate stains. Once your dentist is satisfied, the gel will be removed, and you’ll receive a mineralizing fluoride treatment to keep teeth from developing sensitivity from the process.
At Home Teeth Whitening: More Flexibility and Control
Some patients are not comfortable with the laser light/bleach forms of in-office whitening, so they try their luck at one of the many over-the-counter whitening products. Unfortunately, most of these won’t get you the kind of noticeable results you want. If you want to bleach in the comfort of your home, on your own schedule, many dentists can offer professional-grade whitening gels to be administered with the use of customized trays. The results are likely to be far more dramatic than anything from a local drugstore whitener, but you’ll still be able to choose the time and place for your daily treatments. In a few weeks, you’ll be smiling bigger and brighter than ever.
Teeth Whitening Options in Northern Chicago
Dr. Engelberg offers both types of professional teeth whitening. To schedule an appointment with our Chicago dentist office, call 847-259-6988. We offer cosmetic dentistry services to patients in Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, Northwest Chicago Suburbs, and Northern Chicago Suburbs