If your teeth have become discolored over the years, you may have considered teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discolorations of enamel and dentin. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth.
Teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Moreover, teeth whitening is non-invasive and relatively inexpensive.
When do I need teeth whitening?
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, teeth whitening is the top cosmetic dental procedure requested by patients. Teeth whitening is the most effective way to brighten your smile. However, it's important to understand whether teeth whitening is right for you.
There are several reasons why your teeth may be discolored. Some of the most common include:
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Drinking dark beverages like coffee, tea, or red wine
- Drug use or certain antibiotics
- Trauma or injury to the teeth
- Poor oral hygiene
- Grinding your teeth
- Certain foods, like blueberries, that stain your teeth
If you're experiencing any of these conditions, talk to your dentist about whether teeth whitening is the right option for you.
What are the two different types of teeth whitening procedures?
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is safe and effective. It's usually done in the dentist's office. Your dentist will apply a whitening solution to the surfaces of your teeth.
The whitening solution contains peroxide, which breaks down the stains on your teeth. Whitening solutions vary in strength. Your dentist will choose the right strength for your teeth. Depending on your needs, your dentist may provide you with custom-fit whitening trays or may provide you with whitening gel and have you apply it at home.
At-home Teeth Whitening Systems
An at-home whitening system consists of a tray designed to hold the whitening solution and a set of whitening gel syringes. A custom tray will be fabricated to fit your teeth comfortably. The trays are worn for a specified amount of time each day.
At Dynamic Dental Services, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (773) 538-6191 or visit us at 5401 S. WENTWORTH AVE. #200, Chicago, IL 60609.