As part of our approach to cosmetic dentistry, we offer professional teeth whitening. We have two very different procedures, each with the same goal: Remove discoloration and help patients enjoy a brighter smile. In today’s blog, we’re answering common questions about our teeth whitening systems!
Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening
Question: How does your in-office procedure work?
Answer: For our in-office procedure, we will first place a protective covering on the lips and gums. We then apply a bleaching gel onto the teeth. We use a special light to activate the bleaching gel, which then lifts the stains. The entire procedure takes between one and two hours and in some cases, can brighten teeth by multiple shades.
Question: Do you have a take-home alternative?
Answer: We do! With this option, we create a set of trays and send them home with you, along with a bleaching gel. At home, you will fill the trays with gel and wear them daily for the amount of time the doctor recommends, typically between one and two hours. The total course of treatment takes about a week or up to 10 days.
Question: What can I do to keep my smile bright?
Answer: You can keep the tray and gel for touch ups down the road. However, to keep your smile bright you also need to floss each night and brush your teeth twice a day. We also suggest seeing us for a routine dental cleaning every six months.
Question: Should I avoid certain foods/drinks?
Answer: We suggest cutting bac on drinks with dark pigments (think coffee, tea, soda) and avoiding foods high in sugar, as these can promote plaque buildup (and plaque can make stains more apparent). If you have any questions about preventing teeth stains or removing them, then please contact our office today.
ABOUT YOUR EVANSTON, IL DENTIST:
Dr. Brent Engelberg and his highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including; Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-6988.