As we age our teeth can become stained from eating foods with strong pigments and dyes or just naturally from regular use over time. Our smiles are the first thing people notice about us and you want to make the best possible first impression. Whether you’re preparing for a big moment in your professional or personal life, you’ll want to keep your teeth looking their best.
If you’re not smiling as confidently as you would like these days because of stained or yellowed teeth, professional teeth whitening treatments might be what you need to boost your confidence! If you are in the Arlington Heights, IL area and are thinking about professional teeth whitening treatments, Dr. Brent Engelberg and his team at AH Smiles want to help.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Even if you’ve always brushed and flossed daily as recommended by our dentists at AH Smiles and dentists around the world, your teeth can still become discolored naturally over time. This discoloration can happen quickly when aided by factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or drinking coffee, tea, cola or red wine on a regular basis. In addition, taking certain prescription medications can have the unfortunate side effect of staining teeth.
Brushing twice daily and flossing every day can slow this discoloration as well as helping your smile stay healthy and strong but it cannot reverse it completely. Arlington Heights, IL dentist Dr. Engelberg offers patients both professional in-office or at-home teeth whitening. Both treatments can help lighten or even remove years’ worth of stains, restoring a brighter, more youthful appearance for your teeth. And a fresher, healthier looking smile can help increase your confidence, so that you can feel ready to meet whatever challenges are ahead.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Dr. Engelberg offers ZOOM!® whitening treatments at their Arlington Heights, IL dentist office because ZOOM offers their patients the best results in the least amount of time. This treatment can be completed in only a little over an hour and can lighten your teeth by 6 to 10 shades in one sitting. Results may vary depending on the severity and source of your discoloration. Your AH Smiles dentist will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening begins with setting up a protective barrier for your gums. Next, a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel is applied onto your teeth and activated with the use of a special no-heat lamp. This treatment may need to be repeated several times until your desired level of brightness is achieved.
Dr. Engelberg may also recommend take-home trays for maintenance of your newly whitened smile, and provides them for free during the in-office whitening process!
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
To gradually whiten your teeth right in the comfort of your own home, Dr. Engelberg offers options for customized take home kits. Dr. Engelberg offers Nite White®, Day White®, and Opalescence ® lines of at-home teeth whitening products. All three systems use a custom gel tray that is specifically designed to fit each patient’s smile to reduce irritation of the gums and ensure an even application of bleaching gel for optimal results.
Nite White® is used overnight and Day White® can be used during the day, achieving excellent results with just two 30-minute treatments. Opalescence® has a variety of options depending on your sensitivity level and preference for time of day to wear the custom trays.
Teeth Whitening in Arlington Heights, IL
To discuss teeth whitening and other dental treatments that might best help you meet your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Engelberg at AH Smiles by calling (847) 230-9703 or request an appointment online.