Teeth Whitening in Palos Heights, IL
One thing most people notice about you when you meet them is the smile. A bright and white smile not only makes you look good but also adds to your success and confidence. Thus, teeth whitening is the most sought after cosmetic dentistry procedure as it assures noticeable and quick results.
This cosmetic dentistry procedure can be performed both at home and in the dental office. The procedure involves removing stains and discoloration from natural teeth using abrasive substances or chemical whitening solutions (contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide).
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.
Are there any reasons why I should not have my teeth whitened?
Yes, there are situations or possible obstacles to consider before you whiten your teeth, such as:
- When you were young, were your teeth discolored by tetracycline or other drugs? These conditions may not respond to whitening techniques.
- Do you have lots of fillings in the teeth you want to whiten? The fillings probably won’t whiten and when the teeth do whiten, the fillings may stand out and look dark (especially in your front teeth). You may have to consider having the fillings replaced after whitening. It’s best to realize this before you begin the tooth whitening process.
- Do you have untreated cavities or old fillings that are breaking down? These may cause pain during the whitening process. Likewise, there is no point in whitening teeth that are in decay or in danger of being lost.
- Do you have crowns on some of the teeth that are visible? Crowns will not whiten, but your natural teeth will. So, if your teeth match before whitening, they won’t match after whitening. If they don’t match now, it’s unlikely that whitening will make them match. Instead, you may want to think about replacing some of the crowns. We can talk about this with you, and help you consider the pros and cons.
Note: every person has a different concept of an ideal tooth color, and all teeth have a different intrinsic color. Every person’s degree of tooth whitening will vary, so it is very difficult if not impossible to accurately predict results.
If you have questions about professionally whitening your teeth call our office at (708) 448-3323 to schedule a consultation.