Teeth Whitening in Arlington Heights
If you're self-conscious about a smile blemished by discolored teeth, you may want to try teeth whitening. Below are common teeth whitening procedures that may be used on you depending on the circumstances surrounding your problem.
Gels and strips
Gels and strips are peroxide-based products that are used for stains that do not run deep into and beyond the enamel. Gels are smeared directly on the surface of stained teeth while strips are placed over the teeth and removed several minutes later. Strips are made of clear material and contain a special gel that dissolves the stain.
Teeth whitening toothpaste
Tooth whitening toothpaste is another treatment suitable only for stains sitting on the surface of your teeth. Administration doesn't require the assistance of a dentist, though you may require professional guidance in determining the right product for your problem.
When purchasing teeth whitening toothpaste over the counter, ensure it has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
Bleaching is arguably the most popular and effective method of teeth whitening. It makes use of gels that contain stronger agents and generally promises more effective and longer lasting results. The active compound in most bleaching agents is carbamide peroxide which is friendlier and less irritating to surrounding gum tissue and bones. For agents that have a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, a buffer is used to prevent corrosion.
Where is teeth whitening performed?
Teeth whitening procedures are typically carried out at the dentist's office in a single appointment. The time you spend at the office will be determined by the number of teeth that need whitened, the extent of the stain and the specific procedure used on you.
Call Ally Dentist today at 847-305-4001 to schedule a teeth whitening appointment with our qualified dentist. We're also open to walk-in visits at our office in Arlington Heights, 60004.