Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic treatments requested today, providing a quick, economical and painless smile makeover. Teeth whitening can boost your confidence in your appearance for that special occasion and both social and professional interaction.
Arlington Heights cosmetic dentists Dr. Jennifer Mullarkey and Dr. Brent Engelberg offer teeth whitening treatment options to suit your cosmetic needs and budget. During a consultation, Drs. Engelberg and Mullarkey will evaluate your dental health and discuss your goals to determine if a teeth whitening treatment is right for you.
While teeth whitening is effective for most patients, there are certain types of teeth staining that may not respond to treatment. Drs. Engelberg and Mullarkey offer alternative treatment options to address discolored teeth: porcelain veneers, dental crowns and tooth bonding.
If you’ve recently undergone a teeth whitening procedure, then you’re probably very happy with your smile’s appearance. In fact, you will want your smile to remain as bright and attractive for a long time. How do you help ensure your results last? There are a number of ways to keep your smile bright and help your results last for longer periods of time.
Ways to Keep Your Smile Bright
Brush properly: Seriously, brush your teeth correctly and you can help your smile stay bright for longer periods. Over time, plaque can accumulate on the teeth. This sticky biofilm can make discoloration more apparent. However, brushing your teeth reduces the severity of plaque buildup.
Quit smoking: Smoking can leave unsightly yellow stains on the surface of your teeth. However, there are more important reasons to quit. Tobacco also increases the risk of lung and oral cancer.
Avoid drinks with dark pigments: Drinks such as soda, coffee, tea, and red wine contain dark pigments that can stain teeth. Instead, try drinking more water. In addition, drinks with a high sugar content (soda, energy drinks, some fruit juices) can also lead to a greater risk of plaque buildup and cavities
Don’t forget to floss: Flossing removes food and sugar particles form between your teeth, reducing the severity of plaque buildup. In addition, flossing also decreases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
See your doctor for routine cleanings: Once plaque hardens into tartar no amount of brushing and flossing can remove it. However, a dental cleaning can remove tartar and allow the doctor to polish your teeth, leading to a more attractive and brighter smile. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about teeth whitening, then contact our office today.
"Dr. Engleberg is a step above. I went in on a referral due to a veneer emergency. Dr. Engelberg was a complete perfectionist and painlessly fixed my tooth, it looks perfect! I highly recommend Dr. Engelberg and this practice. I have had this tooth worked on in the past, and…Annie H.
"I have never had a bad expeience, have been a very satisfied patient."Jim L.
"Dr. Engelberg rocks! I use to hate the dentist; lots of anxiety and a borderline phobia of getting my mouth looked at every 6 months. But since coming to Dr. Engelberg's office in Arlington Heights, I have had the absolute BEST experience I've ever had with a dentist. The office…Timothy M.
"My dentist for 25 to 30 years was Dr. William Uhler. Bill eventually retired and sold his practice to Dr. Engleberg. Initially, I thought, " What the heck am I going to do if I have a tooth ache; if all my crowns, bridges and implants decide to retire with…Larry P.
"I have always mistrusted Dentist's in the past from some bad experiences. This office is the best ever. Words cannot describe how good it is. You just have to try it. Dr. Engleberg and staff will never try to "upsell" if you don't need it. I have told my friends…Glenn C.
"I have been going to Dr. Engelberg since Dr. Uhler retired. I have only had positive experiences with him and have found his work and care to be of highest quality. My questions are always answered and I feel very safe and comfortable during all my visits. I find him…Roberta Z.
"Everyone is super friendly and the chairs even have massages in them! Truly a one of a kind dentist office, always have a very nice experience."Erica S.
"Dear Brent, As a busy home inspector it is sometimes difficult to find the time to maintain my oral hygiene. The flexible hours and electronic follow-up your office provides makes it much easier for me to schedule and keep appointments without having to worry about losing an inspection. After a…Thomas M.
Teeth Whitening What to Expect
In Office Whitening
The Zoom Whitening procedure was developed to be simple and painless. The active ingredient in Zoom is pH balanced hydrogen peroxide that, when activated by a special light, gently penetrates teeth to remove deep stains and discoloration.
For in-office whitening, we recommend patients start with a cleaning. Next, we prepare the mouth for the whitening procedure by isolating the lips and gums. The proprietary Zoom Whitening gel is applied to the teeth, which is activated by a specially designed light.
Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter – sometimes more! A five minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You will be amazed with the results. In most cases, your teeth will continue to whiten in the first few days following the procedure.
Dr. Engelberg or Dr. Mullarkey may also recommend take-home trays for maintenance of your newly whitened smile, and provides them for free during the in-office whitening process!
Take Home Options
For a more gradual teeth whitening treatment 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 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.
There are many over the counter options for teeth whitening including whiting tooth paste, whitening strips and gels. For patients who want the best results, professional treatment is still the best choice. Dr. Engelberg offers teeth whitening systems with custom fit trays to ensure even whitening of the teeth. In addition, our products are specially formulated to reduce tooth sensitivity, a common side effect of whitening.
Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments available. The cost of your whitening treatment will depend on the type of whitening you choose and your desired outcome.
In office whitening costs an average of $500 per treatment and at home whitening can range between $250 and $500 depending on the system you choose. Refills for touch up treatment may be an additional cost. Contact our office for more specific details.
One of the more common side effects of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. Dr. Engelberg carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments to ensure minimal side effects. The products we use are specially formulated to virtually eliminate sensitivity.
The results of teeth whitening will vary based on each individual. Most patients can expect whitening to last six months to a year. Touch-up treatment every four to six months can help extend the results of your treatment. Visiting Dr. Engelberg regularly and avoiding smoking and dark foods will also help to keep your teeth white and bright.
Why choose AH Smiles?
Dr. Brent Engelberg and the team at our Arlington Heights dental practice are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. From the spa-like atmosphere of our state of the art office to advanced treatment options for cosmetic and restorative needs, our team provides the highest standard of individualized dental care.
We emphasize the importance of regular dental care for both minimizing concerns and maintaining the best results from your dentistry. Dr. Engelberg offers experienced care for the placement of porcelain veneers, dental implants and full mouth reconstruction for patients with complex needs. Your results will be natural looking, comfortable and designed to support long-term dental health and wellness.