Chicago Veneers and Implants

Teeth Whitening

Our teeth can discolor through the years as our enamel wears down. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow color substance that makes the core of our teeth, to show through. This is what gives our teeth a yellowish tint. Teeth whitening helps restore teeth to a shiny white color through the use of bleach.

Any food that stains your clothes... Will also stain your teeth.

  • Difficult to remove stains such as soy and tomato sauce, red wine, coffee and tea and fruits like blueberries, grapes and cranberries come immediately to mind.

  • To naturally minimize future stains you can limit your consumption of options foods such as coffee and can eat more greens, which create a film over teeth that actually acts as a stain barrier.

  • But what about the stains you already have and those you can't prevent? Today, more than 100 million Americans are turning to teeth whitening solutions to help keep their smiles bright.

Our office provides two services that will make your teeth far whiter than the over-the-counter bleaching kits available in your local pharmacy.

  • After making any necessary repairs, since damaged teeth are particularly sensitive to bleaching, you will be offered two options that differ in the strength of the bleaching agent and the time taken for the process.
  • Power laser bleaching, suitable for heavily stained or discolored teeth, requires three to six visits to our office. Of, if you prefer, we will take a mold of your teeth and craft a bleaching tray that fits your teeth far better than drugstore remedies. We then give you a bleaching solution that you will use for up to four weeks.
  • Both of our whitening services are strong enough to give you teeth significantly whiter than drugstore remedies yet will not significantly damage your enamel over time or harm existing crowns or fillings.

Teeth whitening methods
There are two popular teeth whitening options available through your dentist. The first, in-office teeth whitening, produces a significant color change in your teeth in a short amount of time, usually within an hour. The procedure is done at the dentist's office by applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after they have been protected with a special shield.

The second method, involves the use of take home whitening kits. These whitening kits are purchased from your doctor for use at home. The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time. Usually the trays are worn a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.

It's best to consult your dentist to understand which whitening option is best for you.