Do you have yellow or dull teeth? Many patients are looking to achieve a whiter smile just in time for summer vacations and special occasions. If you are considering scheduling an in-office teeth whitening appointment, it helps to know what to expect so that you feel prepared and confident. Learn what to expect during your in-office teeth whitening appointment below:
Professional Teeth Whitening in Arlington Heights, IL
Before your in-office whitening appointment begins, we recommend getting a dental cleaning beforehand to prepare your teeth for the whitening treatment. This will ensure that you will get the optimal results from your whitening treatment. If time is a concern, separate appointments can be scheduled for the cleaning and for the whitening appointment. As long as these appointments are close enough together, your teeth will be well-prepared for your in-office whitening session.
You will be invited to take a seat in the dental chair so that your dental assistant can begin the whitening process. Most dentist offices utilize the popular Zoom! Whitening system to professionally whiten your teeth. To begin, your dental assistant will protect your gums and lips from the whitening gel to prevent increased sensitivity. This allows patients to more comfortably sit through their whitening appointment as opposed to over-the-counter whitening products that are not monitored by a dental professional.
Once your soft tissues are properly protected, your dental assistant will evenly coat your dental structures with the whitening gel. Once this is complete, you can sit back and relax as a UV light is applied to your teeth, usually in 15-minute sessions. After three sessions back to back, your whitening appointment will be complete and your teeth will be visibly whiter. Usually, patients notice the best of their results 48 hours after their initial treatment.
You may experience some mild sensitivity for a few hours following your treatment, especially if you try to consume especially hot or cold foods and beverages. We recommend avoiding any foods or beverages that would stain a white t-shirt for 48 hours prior to treatment.
Patients love in-office whitening appointments because they guarantee even results that are not blotchy. Over-the-counter whitening products take a one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry, often producing blotchy results for patients with unique smile features. Every smile is different and deserves individualized care. If you are looking for a dentist that provides professional teeth whitening in Arlington Heights, IL, schedule an appointment with Dr. Engelberg, your local cosmetic dentist, today!
Patient Review of Dr. Engelberg
“I had an OUTSTANDING experience at AH Smiles! They were kind to me from the second I walked in the door and full disclosure I hate going to the dentist. (I had a terrible experience as a kid and will never forget it.) Everyone at the front desk was nice, the nurses and dental hygienists were thoughtful, gentle, and explained everything. Dr. Engelberg was super thorough and spent a lot of time with me and answered all of my questions. He did not make me feel silly and even checked up on me knowing that I was a nervous patient. I left the office with a big smile:)!” – Kate R.