How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

teeth whitening skokieWhen the big moments in life come, you want to look and feel your best and that includes your smile. But maybe you feel self-conscious about smiling because your pearly whites aren’t as pearly or white as they used to be. Maybe you need to refresh your smile and boost your confidence?

If you can identify with any of the above, professional teeth whitening treatments may be just what you need to have a smile you can feel confident in!  If you are in the Skokie, IL area and are considering professional teeth whitening, Dr. Abraham Stein, his associate, Dr. Zachary Weiss and their team at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry can help.

How Do Teeth Get Discolored?

Even if you’ve routinely cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your enamel will still occur naturally over time. This discoloration can be increased by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola or red wine. Even using certain prescription medications can cause discoloration as a side effect. Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily can slow this discoloration down but it cannot reverse this process.

We offer patients in office or take home teeth whitening treatments. Both options can erase years’ worth of stains and restore a more youthful appearance for your teeth. And a fresher, whiter smile can help boost your sense of confidence and help you feel ready to meet whatever challenge you’re facing.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Our fastest method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. This process takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Results will depend on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth, with some kinds being more difficult to erase completely. Your Stein Center dentist will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.

The process of in-office teeth whitening usually goes as follows. First, we set up a protective barrier for your gums. Next, we brush a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel onto your teeth and activate the ingredients with a special light produced by a no-heat lamp. This procedure may need to be repeated several times to achieve your desired shade.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit

Our most convenient method for removing stains from your tooth enamel is at-home teeth whitening. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that your Stein Center dentist creates in the office and maximum strength bleaching gel. The take home kit will provide results far superior to whitening strips and toothpastes that you may see for sale at your local drugstore.

At home, you will fill the trays with gel and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel will remove stains and, because it contains fluoride, it will also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your enamel. After about a week of regular use, your teeth will look dramatically whiter. All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments.

Teeth Whitening in Skokie, IL

To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry in Skokie, IL by calling 847.676.3500 or request an appointment online.