Learn about our professional teeth whitening procedures and home tooth whitening kits.
To get that pearly white smile!
Good health is reflected in your teeth, and nothing says that you are healthy like a pearly white smile. There are several ways to keep your teeth clean and white, and these include brushing your teeth twice each day using a fluoride toothpaste, ensuring that you floss well daily, and never missing an appointment with your dentist.
Despite all this effort, you may find that your teeth are not as white as you would like them to be, and thus, you need to find a better solution to add on to what you are doing.
Your dentist is likely to recommend that you try out a teeth whitening procedure. This would require you to bleach your teeth so that you can make them lighter than their current color. Taking the steps to further whiten your teeth can be excellent for building up your confidence. With the help of our professional cosmetic dentists, you should go through the following steps.
The Pre-Whitening Assessment
As with any cosmetic procedure, the area that you want to alter or enhance should be in excellent health. At your pre-whitening assessment, you will undergo a dental exam to ensure that the health of your teeth, as well as your gums, is optimum. However, if your dental health is not up to par, then the process may be put on hold. The issues that could result in the procedure being postponed include gum disease, fillings or otherwise restored teeth.
Before the procedure can begin, your teeth need to be as clean as possible. This means that they should not have any debris, and all tartar should be removed. This is best done with a dental cleaning treatment.
Every person who whitens their teeth will have different results. This is due to the genetic makeup of our teeth. Rather than attempting to go for a brilliant white, you should try to improve on the shade that you already have.
If having in office bleaching, it is best to take an over the counter pain medication that you would for a mild head ache prior to coming to the dental office. This allows for more comfort after the procedure is over.
The different whitening options
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At Schultz Family Dental of Park Ridge, we offer 3 types of whitening options.
For those that want something quick and at home, there are two wonderful options. Here at the office we sell Opalescene Go trays in boxes of 5 or 10. These are a wonderful one time use product that will brighten your smile at a gradual pace. For patients that have maligned teeth, want a stronger bleach, or would like a tray that fits their own teeth, it may be best to have custom whitening trays created at the office. These can be re-used multiple times. The trays come with bleach, and extra bleach can be purchased through the office as well. Having custom trays allows patients to use a stronger percentage of bleach. With any take home whitening option, results may take 1-2 weeks.
Lastly there is in office whitening. This is a more intense whitening process with quicker results than take home trays or custom trays.
The procedure at home will take about 30-45 minutes each application. The number of applications depends on the individual. The in the office plan for a 1-2 hour appointment for immediate results.
After the Procedure
Following your whitening procedure, you need to take some steps to maintain your sparkling pearly whites. The first 48 hours are critical, as your teeth are going to be more porous and likely to be stained by sugars and acids. You will need to avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, drinking beverages like coffee and tea, consuming acidic foods such as tomatoes and berries and applying makeup including lipsticks. You may experience increased sensitivity though this will abate shortly after the procedure.
We also have desensitizing trays if your teeth are overly sensitive to wear after bleaching.
Following your whitening procedure you should take care of your teeth so that they remain brighter for longer. Teeth whitening is excellent, but it is not permanent. With proper care, you can maintain a brighter smile. Maintain an excellent daily oral hygiene process, and make sure to visit your dentist whenever you are given an appointment.