Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening Treatment from Advanced Dental Arts.
Everybody loves a bright white smile. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and regular cleanings at the dentist’s office. However, some may decide this is not enough to confront the staining or yellowing of their teeth. If you would like a brighter smile, Dr. Martinez and the staff at Advanced Dental Arts are offering teeth whitening treatments to Grayslake, IL.
What are My Teeth Whitening Treatment Options?
Advanced Dental Arts offers several options for teeth whitening to Grayslake, IL, and Gurnee, IL. These treatments fall into 1 of 3 categories:
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening by Advanced Dental Arts is your best choice when you need immediate whitening results in the Grayslake or Gurnee area. This procedure is called chair-side bleaching. During chair-side bleaching, Dr. Martinez will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. Next, your dentist will apply a bleaching agent to the teeth, and use a special light to enhance the action of the agent. The process may require more than one office visit. Each visit may take from sixty to ninety minutes.
Read more about the professional teeth whitening options offered at our Grayslake office:
At-Home Whitening System
There are several types of products available for use at home which can either be dispensed by your doctor or purchased over the counter.
Teeth Whitening Trays
These products contain peroxide(s) which actually bleach the tooth enamel. You will place Peroxide-containing whiteners, typically a gel, in your mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. Some products are used twice a day for 2 weeks, while others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks. Currently, only dentist-dispensed, home-use, 10% carbamide peroxide tray-applied gels carry the ADA Seal. At Advanced Dental Arts, we can make a custom-fitted mouthguard for you that will fit your teeth precisely.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The bleaching agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
Paint-On Teeth Whitening
Paint-on teeth whitening allows you to apply a bleaching agent directly to your teeth without an appliance or strip. You will “paint” the whitener onto the surface of clean, dry teeth and wait about 30 minutes while the paint turns to a dry film. To remove this film, you only need to brush your teeth. Paint-on whitening products require twice-daily applications to be effective. The duration of treatment will vary. An advantage in this process is that you can selectively paint individual teeth.
All toothpaste help to remove surface stains from your teeth through the action of mild abrasives. “Whitening” toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.
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What should I know before starting Teeth Whitening?
The most important thing to know before starting teeth whitening treatment is that whiteners do not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish teeth will probably bleach well, brownish teeth may bleach less well, and grayish teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, whitener will not affect the color of any tooth-colored fillings or crowns, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you do have other options, such as porcelain veneers. Schedule a visit with Dr. Martinez to learn whether whitening procedures would be effective for you.
Also, teeth whitening can have minor side-effects, and you should speak with your doctor if these become bothersome. For example, teeth can become sensitive during the period when you are using the bleaching solution. In most cases, sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once you have completed your treatment. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation, either from a tray that doesn’t fit properly or from any solution that may come in contact with the tissues. If you have concerns about such side effects, you should discuss them with the doctor.