Chicago Teeth Whitening in Lakeview & South Loop
The look of your smile plays a big role in your life. In many cases, the biggest issue people have with their teeth is the coloring. Many lifestyle choices, as well as the natural aging process, can stain and darken the teeth. Drinking cola, tea, coffee and red wine, as well as smoking, can all have an impact on the coloring of your teeth. The latest teeth whitening procedures can safely remove these stains without causing harm to your teeth.
Your smile is one of the things people will remember when meeting you for the first time. If you have a white, beautiful smile, you will make a better impression and will feel more confident. Tooth whitening is an easy, safe procedure that can restore your teeth to their previous luster. While there are a variety of over-the-counter kits that claim to whiten your teeth, they typically aren’t as effective as the professional treatments you will get at our office. These over-the-counter kits aren’t custom fitted to your teeth, meaning the whitening agent can leak out and may even irritate your gums. This means they won’t work as quickly or as effectively.
Is Tooth Whitening a Viable Option?
Tooth whitening doesn’t work for everyone. If we determine you are a good candidate, we will present the best options for your specific situation and will closely monitor your progress to ensure there are no adverse reactions.
Even with the most advanced whitening techniques, not everyone will get the same results. Brown, yellow and orange stains can typically be bleached, while gray teeth or those stained by tetracycline won’t respond as well to bleaching. We will closely evaluate the condition of your teeth and advise you accordingly. However, if we determine bleaching isn’t the best option for you, we can still help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile. Dental bonding and porcelain veneers can be a viable alternative.
We offer several options to ensure you have the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted:
AT-HOME TRAY WHITENING
Unlike over-the-counter treatments, we offer a popular at-home whitening system you can use to get immediate results on a more limited budget. First, you will pay a visit to our dental office to be fitted for your custom tray. We will provide the whitening gel that is best suited to your particular issue, as well as detailed instructions so you can get the best results. In most cases, you will apply the gel using the customized trays and wear them for an hour per day for one to two weeks. For stains caused by tea, coffee, tobacco or some other materials, you may need a longer treatment period.
IN-OFFICE ZOOM LASER TEETH WHITENING
Many patients also consider our In-Office Zoom ® Laser Whitening either in combination with the At-Home Trays or as a means to achieve results faster and more effectively. When you call to make an appointment, please ask about our In-Office Zoom!® Laser Whitening specials!
Thoughts regarding “over-the-counter bleaching kits”:
You’ll likely see a number of do-it-yourself bleaching kits on the shelves at the drug store. Professional dental organizations warn against using these kits, because the “one-size-fits-all” bleaching trays usually mean that the sensitive gum tissue is exposed to a large amount of the bleaching gel, which can result in irritation. In-home bleaching kits can also damage the tooth’s enamel and inner pulp chamber. Dentist-prescribed kits, thanks to the personalized fit of the tray, maximize the gel’s whitening effect and at the same time minimize its contact with the delicate soft tissue in the mouth.
“The price may be right, but the results aren’t; over-the-counter whitening kits aren’t safe,” according to experts at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Whitening toothpastes also aren’t generally safe, as they use chemicals and abrasive substances to remove stains on teeth. When combined with overly-zealous brushing, some bleaching toothpastes can literally rub the enamel right off your teeth!
“Many patients may be under the impression that they can use over-the-counter whitening products without concern,” said Kenneth Burrell, director of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. “There are some data to suggest that bleaching products may cause damage to the tooth pulp, enamel, gums, and other areas of your mouth.”
Years of wear and tear can lead to stains that won’t seem to “erase”. As you age, the pulp inside your teeth shrinks and darker-colored dentin fills in. Over time, regular professional cleanings can help undo minimal staining; but if that doesn’t do the trick we can suggest a few whitening options. There are two particular types of stains that can affect your teeth…
Intrinsic Stain: This is caused by tetracycline, flourosis or severe hypocalcification (deep white spots). These can be masked with crowns or veneers.
Entrinsic Stain: These are caused by smoking, coffee, tea, red wine or sometimes even mouthwash. These can be treated with prophylaxix and if needed, whitening.
Laser teeth whitening
At Art of Modern Dentistry, we offer several options for whitening your teeth to their brightest and whitest natural state.
Call us today for a free consultation!
- Lakeview Office: 773.904.0644
- South Loop Office: 312.260.5042