Teeth Whitening

Professional Teeth Whitening in Deerfield

Dental whitening is the most common and affordable cosmetic procedure. Over time, our tooth enamel becomes less white because of physiological changes associated with age, lifestyle, and eating habits, such as drinking coffee or red wine. When you think of an attractive smile, it is usually white. The good news is we can quickly help you whiten your teeth with in-office bleaches or our professional strength at-home whitening kits.

Before you start any bleaching regimen, you need to check with your dentist to ensure your teeth are suitable candidates for bleaching. Before commencing your teeth whitening procedure, concerns such as sensitivity and the shade needed to eliminate tooth stains will first be evaluated.

If you are a candidate for bleaching, in-office whitening is the most effective solution Office-based whitening uses a much stronger bleaching solution than even our professional-grade at-home kits provide. Because this bleaching product is so powerful, we must be careful not to allow it to come into contact with your gums and soft tissue during the 30-minute session.

Once your mouth is prepared, we will apply the whitening agent to your teeth and use a special lamp to intensify the whitening effects. After an in-office bleaching procedure has been completed, most patients can then use one of our professional at-home bleaching systems to maintain their results every six months.

Many people who have discolored, stained, or dull teeth find that whitening treatment is an effective way to improve their smiles. If your teeth become dull or discolored, it may be because the outer layer of enamel has become stained from using tobacco or coffee, or because your teeth are naturally yellowing with age.

What causes teeth to stain?

Teeth become stained when food particles become attracted to the tooth’s enamel through a protein. Food products that stain teeth include berries, soy sauce, tea, and coffee. Over time, teeth become more porous, which leads to tooth discoloration from food, beverages, and other substances. Brushing and flossing can minimize the discoloring effects. Besides eating certain foods, drinking alcohol, and smoking, teeth can get stained as the result of a traumatic injury. This type of discoloration usually occurs inside the tooth, so brushing and flossing won’t help.

Can’t I just use Whitening Toothpaste?

Many people use whitening toothpaste today, but some have better luck than others. For some, whitening toothpaste can be somewhat effective at lightening their teeth. Many kinds of toothpaste contain abrasives, which can cause damage to tooth enamel.

What about Whitening Agents?

Most whitening agents can be used to reverse certain types of stains. However, when teeth have become brownish or grayish, the stains are often impossible to remove using a bleaching agent alone. Whitening agents are not very useful for discolored or pitted tooth enamel or coloring teeth with fillings, crowns, or bridges.

Why get a professional whitening procedure?

The best way to successfully whiten your teeth is through a professional whitening procedure, which is safe and effective. An in-office procedure performed by your dentist will be done correctly, and produce better results than other methods. Contact our Zen Dental Deerfield office, and we’ll be delighted to advise you on the best whitening approach to ensure a beautiful smile!