Tooth Whitening FAQs

Do you have yellowed, stained, or darkened teeth? Professional teeth whitening treatments can brighten teeth and improve confidence. Our in-office and take-home whitening treatments provide convenient options for patients who want to whiten their tooth enamel. We provide professional tooth whitening services for patients in Arlington Heights, IL, and the surrounding areas. If you are looking for a brighter, whiter smile we can help.

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FAQs: Tooth Whitening in Arlington Heights, IL

Read answers to popular questions about whitening treatments to learn more about your treatment options:

Can I whiten my dental veneers?

No, you cannot whiten porcelain veneers because they are made of porcelain or composite material. These materials do not react to the active ingredients in whitening treatments. However, dental veneers can cover teeth in the smile line that are stained or discolored. 

What do you have to avoid after teeth whitening treatment? 

Avoid acidic and dark-colored foods after your whitening treatment. Refrain from consuming tea, coffee, wine, and tomato juice. Also, avoid smoking and vaping as nicotine can easily yellow the enamel.

What can I eat after teeth whitening treatment?

There are many things that patients can eat after a teeth whitening treatment. Light and lean proteins like fish and chicken are preferable over red meat. You can also eat rice, pasta, cheese, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables. We recommend pears, apples, and bananas over berries as darker-colored fruits can easily stain teeth. 

Is professional whitening treatment good for sensitive teeth?

Dentists can customize professional whitening treatment for each patient. Patients with sensitive teeth can receive whitening treatment If patients have very sensitive teeth, we may recommend take-home treatment, veneers, or even bonding treatment. These treatments can cover tooth stains and create a brighter-looking smile. 

Can whitening toothpaste cause sensitivity?

Using whitening toothpaste regularly can wear down the enamel because they contain abrasives. Abrasive material can help remove stains, but continual use can wear the enamel and cause tooth pain and sensitivity. Using whitening toothpaste every once in a while can be helpful, but do not use it daily.

How can I keep my teeth white after whitening treatment?

After teeth whitening treatment, avoid staining foods and beverages like tomato sauces, berries, tea, wine, and coffee. Avoid acidic foods and beverages as well as they can damage and discolor teeth. Brush your teeth and gums twice a day. Floss before brushing to remove bacterial buildup from between teeth.

When should you not whiten teeth?

Pregnant or lactating women are not good candidates for whitening treatment. We also do not recommend teeth whitening treatment for patients under 16. Whitening does not benefit patients with large dental restorations like full dentures as the restorations do not react to whitening treatment. 

Do you have stubborn tooth stains or yellowed tooth enamel? Call AH Smiles for whitening treatment today at  (847) 230-9703. You may also request a dental appointment with Dr. Brent Engelberg on our website. Please let Dr. Engelberg know if you have any questions about whitening treatment and he will be glad to help!