Your teeth, over time, darken as their outer enamel layer is penetrated by minerals. This is considered a natural aging process. You can also cause this darkening by consuming certain foods and drinks that can stain your teeth like: red wine, coffee, tea, soda, and berries. Smoking also contributes to this darkening by leaving a yellowish-brown color on your teeth.
Teeth Whitening at Smile On Dental Salon and Sleep Apnea Center in Chicago
To get your teeth back to their sparkling, white color, our dentists, Dr. Poncza and Dr. McDonald, can perform a type of cosmetic dentistry known as tooth-whitening. At Smile On Dental Salon & Sleep Apnea Center in Chicago, we offer you two main options of teeth-whitening that you may benefit from. These include
- In-office Zoom whitening
- At-home whitening
Before choosing one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments, our Lakeview dentist examines your teeth and gums thoroughly to make sure they are in good health. He will ask you about your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits, which can help you and you decide on the best whitening treatment for you.
Zoom in-office whitening is one option you have for making your teeth white and bright. With this whitening option, your dentist will protect your gums and then use a fairly high-concentration peroxide gel and apply it to your teeth.
Although this technique takes only an hour, your dentist will likely recommend that you get a regular teeth cleaning before getting your in-office Zoom treatment. After your cleaning, the dentist will cover up your gums and lips which leaves your teeth exposed. They then apply the Zoom peroxide gel on your teeth. This gel along with the Zoom light penetrates your teeth and breaks up the discoloration and stains. Typically, the gel is kept on your teeth for around 15 minutes while the dentist activates the Zoom light.
Your dentist will then reapply the gel three times and combine it with 15 minutes light activation sessions. This continues for around 45 minutes. You will be provided with a Zoom touch-up kit that you can bring home with you that will include custom-fitted whitening trays and instructions about touching up.
At Home Whitening
At home whitening is convenient, safe and comfortable. It includes a simple-to-use whitening gel and custom-made whitening trays. You will also be given instructions on how to use this at-home whitening system so you get the best results.
To make up your customized at-home whitening kit, you will first visit your dentist to have impressions taken of your teeth. These impressions are sent to the dental lab to create your custom-made whitening trays. The dentist will record your initial teeth shade in your chart to compare it with the shade of your teeth once you have completed the at-home whitening treatment.
You typically use this whitening treatment for two weeks, one hour each day. Then you use it for a simple touch-up when needed after.
For your convenience, there are certain brands of the at-home whitening system that you can wear overnight. Before you put the trays in your mouth, refrain from smoking, eating, or drinking — and be sure to brush and floss your teeth. At your follow up appointment, you’ll get to compare your teeth shade with the initial shade to see your stunning results!
Nothing radiates health and happiness like a nice, white smile. Teeth whitening is a very affordable cosmetic dentistry option you can use to enhance a dull, faded smile. You can do it right in your home or at your dentist’s office, depending on the type of treatment you use.
Remember, that regardless of the type of whitening option you choose, results typically only last from six months to 2 years. So, you will want to talk with your dentist about additional treatments in the future as needed.