Teeth Whitening Services in Burr Ridge, IL
There are quite a few people who are satisfied with the sparkle they have from just brushing and flossing their teeth each day and getting a regular dental cleaning twice a year. However, if you decide that your teeth still aren’t white enough after this, then there are options available to make sure your smile is as bright and white as possible.
If you are ready to improve your smile’s “whiteness,” then investing in in-office or at-home teeth whitening may be the right procedure for you. At 1st Family Dental, we offer several options for whitening your teeth.
The Pre-Whitening Exam
Prior to undergoing any teeth whitening treatment, you need to undergo a dental exam to ensure your gums and teeth are healthy enough for this treatment. If you have any type of dental restoration in your mouth, such as bridges, crowns, or veneers, then the whitening treatment may wind up affecting them. Your dentist will let you know all the considerations prior to receiving this treatment.
When you schedule your whitening consultation with us, as long as everything checks out, we will go ahead with the treatment the same day. However, issues such as gum disease have to be treated prior to having the whitening procedure done.
The Take Home Whitening Tray Option
There are some patients that prefer to have whitening trays to take home. These are custom fit to your mouth and provide you with the ability to whiten your smile over a period of two to four weeks. While this method of whitening is not as fast-acting as in-office whitening, it is still effective and allows you to get a whiter and brighter smile.
Selection of the Color or Shade
Prior to your dentist applying any whitening gel or product, they will work with you to determine the shade you desire for your teeth. In fact, they will offer a shade guide that shows you your current shade, and allow you to pick the whiteness level you would like.
Application of the Whitening Material
The products used by dentists to whiten your teeth are strong. As a result, they should not come in contact with your cheeks, tongue, or gums. As a result, your dentist will prepare your mouth using a number of barriers, including liquid protective barriers for your gums, protective eyewear, bibs, cotton balls, and plastic retractors.
Once the teeth have been isolated, the whitening material will be applied to the teeth. In some cases, lasers are used to activate the whitening material. In most cases, the whitener used is going to be reapplied and then re-activated over your 15 to 20 minute session.
If you are ready for a brighter and whiter smile, then contact us at 1st Family Dental today to learn about the options we offer. We are dedicated to helping you get a smile that you are proud to show off. You can choose from in-office whitening, or at-home whitening, based on your specific needs and the goals you have for your teeth.