We all want a bright white, healthy smile, and there are a multitude of products on the market to help us get there. But what works best and how do they get the job done? Here are some things to know before choosing your teeth whitening option.
All whitening products use Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) in some form, be it pure or in a less broken down state known as Carbamide Peroxide, to achieve their goal. This oxides the molecules that help to form stains under the surface of your enamel. The stronger the concentration of H2O2, the faster your teeth will whiten. Not everything will whiten equally. We typically see the best results on yellow/brown extrinsic staining. This kind of staining works from the outside in, and usually comes from things like smoking, red wine, and coffee. Intrinsic stains and gray staining tend to be less receptive to teeth whitening. Also immune are any restorations your dentist has performed. Whatever color those fillings are, that’s where they’ll stay!
The only real risks associated with the use of these products for Teeth Whitening are sensitivity and gingival irritation, which should cease upon discontinuation of use.
If you've previously encountered tooth sensitivity, consider using a sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne 1-2 weeks ahead. For those considering teeth whitening Chicago patients often find this step especially beneficial. Varying the duration and frequency of treatment, while often resulting in a longer whitening process, can also help keep sensitivity at bay.
At our practice in Chicago Teeth Whitening involves taking impressions of your teeth to fabricate trays tailored just for you. The trays come with four syringes of bleaching gel upon delivery and you'll get an additional four over the course of your first year. Initial whitening with these trays typically takes 2 weeks — a longer process, but one we find to yield the longest lasting effects.
Our most comprehensive option, KöR involves two weeks of overnight teeth whitening at home, an intensive in-office session, and a monthly maintenance program thereafter. This ensures a more permanent white by fully flooding the stains with bleaching agents and restores teeth to their youthful ability to whiten easily. Recommended for patients with particularly tough whitening cases, patients seeking ultra white or those with stains from certain medications, KöR’s patented custom trays and constantly refrigerated gel = dazzling results!
This 90-minute appointment using Opalescence gel will give you the most immediate, noticeable whitening effect of any of our options. These results don’t last quite as long as more gradual whitening achieved with custom trays, but this option is perfect for last minute whitening needs.
This all-inclusive treatment is recommended for a patient suffering from internal stains. Done only in conjunction with our KöR whitening, it begins with a 2-week session of at home teeth whitening using custom fitted trays. That is followed by a session of microabrasion, which uses a rough paste to help remove deeper stains from the teeth. Immediately after we perform a KöR in-office treatment, and finish with additional gel for at home touch-ups.
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