We all know the best way to keep your teeth bright & white is to brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day & see your dentist every six months for your regular cleaning appointments. Unfortunately, try as you may, your pearly whites may not always be so pearly & white.

Woman smiling with white teethWhile age & genetics do factor into dark or yellow teeth, our health choices make a significant impact. Generally speaking, your diet & oral hygiene are the most important determiners of your tooth color. Beverages like tea, coffee & red wine tend to stain teeth the most. In addition to all of the other health problems it causes, tobacco is one of the biggest reasons for stained & yellow, brown or even gray teeth.

If you want your teeth to be “pearly whites” again, your best bet is to talk to your dentist about teeth whitening. If you have tried over-the-counter whitening kits & been disappointed, you will have better results with either in-office or take-home teeth whitening.

What Is Teeth Whitening?

When it comes to improving the appearance of your smile, teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to make a significant difference. Over time, teeth can become discolored due to aging, genetics, the foods we eat, or smoking. This discoloration can be reversed using teeth whitening, which penetrates into the hard outer layer of teeth, called enamel, & breaks up the compounds that cause stains.

What you consume can play a major role in the color of your teeth. Coffee, tea, cola, red wine & tobacco smoke are a few well-known culprits behind teeth stains.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

If you have tried over-the-counter whitening kits & been disappointed, you will have better results with one of our custom whitening trays. Our trays are made from impressions of your teeth, so they fit comfortably & securely. Since they are made to fit your mouth, they can also cover all the spots store-bought whitening kits tend to miss. Over-the-counter products also tend to leak whitening gel & rub against your gums, causing gum irritation or pain.

Am I A Good Candidate For Take-Home Teeth Whitening?

Not everyone can benefit from our take-home teeth whitening. Some stains can’t be fixed with whitening gel. For example, discoloration from a root canal cannot be whitened because it starts inside of the tooth rather than on the outer enamel. Stains on crowns, veneers or bonded teeth will not respond to whitening treatments. New crowns & veneers are an alternative option for teeth that cannot be whitened with peroxide.

Procedure Overview

Getting a custom teeth whitening tray is simple.

  • We will use a special kind of putty to make a mold of your teeth.
  • A dental lab will use these impressions to make your plastic trays, which are flexible & designed to slide over your teeth.
  • When your tray is ready, the dentist will choose a peroxide whitening gel that best fits your needs. There are different strengths of whitening gel available. Stronger gels can yield quicker results but are more likely to cause side effects, including sensitive teeth & gum irritation.
  • The rest of the process is in your hands. You will need to squirt the gel into the trays & wear them for around two to four hours every day. The dentist can advise you on the right amount of time for you.
  • This treatment normally lasts for two to four weeks. In most cases, you should notice whiter teeth within the first two weeks. If you notice any side effects, including tooth sensitivity & irritated or painful gums, stop your treatment & call us right away.

Zoom Teeth Whitening

Shoreline Dental Chicago offers teeth whitening in Chicago, IL. If you have stained or discolored teeth, Mollie K. Rojas, DMD may recommend teeth whitening treatments. The Zoom teeth whitening treatments allow for a faster, brighter smile. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, contact us today at  312-266-9487.

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic treatment that can brighten the shade of your teeth! In-office professional teeth whitening works through the use of a powerful gel that is applied to the front surface of your teeth. When the gel is activated by a special light in our office, it can break the bonds of discoloration in your teeth, resulting in a light, whiter appearance in just one treatment! At-home professional teeth whitening also uses a gel that is applied to your teeth using trays. The gel sits on your teeth for a period of time, targeting discoloration for a lighter appearance after a number of treatments.

If you are unhappy with your smile color and wish it were brighter, we may recommend that you try a professional teeth whitening treatment. Staining and discoloration on your teeth can happen for a number of reasons, including:

  • The natural aging process
  • Poor dental hygiene habits
  • Consumption of tea, wine, coffee, soda and other drinks that stain
  • Smoking and other forms of tobacco use
  • Illness
  • Certain medications
  • Fluorosis

Dr. Rojas will discuss your smile needs with you and help you decide the right type of treatment to best meet your goals. If you are ready to achieve a stunning white smile, call to schedule an appointment with our team today!

Please note that before you can whiten your teeth at home, you will need to undergo any necessary dental procedures such as cleanings or fillings.