Nothing freshens up your appearance like a whiter, brighter smile. The whitening toothpastes at the grocery store just can’t give you the whitest possible smile.
Teeth Whitening Services We Offer in Evanston
Fischl Dental Associates has been bleaching teeth for over 20 years, and we now recommend the latest in-home whitening technology from Ultradent Products, Inc.’s Opalescence. The liquid gel that safely and effectively whitens your teeth at night or during the day. The FDA has recognized the active ingredient in Opalescence, carbamide peroxide, for many years as an oral antiseptic. This technology is also helpful for removing stains caused by food, coffee, tobacco, aging, and other sources.
Today’s bleaching methods are safe for the teeth and surrounding soft tissues, and you can have overnight results! They are fast and simple to use. Maximum results may require bleaching the teeth for two to four weeks. In cases of severe tetracycline staining, bleaching may need to occur for three to six months. The bleaching gel comes in a variety of carbamide peroxide concentrations ranging from 10% to 35% strengths.
If you have questions about tooth whitening, please contact Drs. Fischl for more information.
What Can I Expect From The Take-Home Whitening Process?
At Fischl Dental Associates, we offer professional, custom-made take-home whitening kits, which allow you to get professional-grade results in the comfort of your own home. The process begins with an initial appointment at our office.
During this appointment, you will have impressions of your teeth taken by biting into trays of soft, putty-like material. These impressions are sent to a dental lab, where they will be used to create whitening trays that fit every curve, contour, and surface of your teeth. This ensures that they fit perfectly and that your teeth are evenly whitened.
Once your trays arrive at our office, you’ll come in to pick them up. At this time, we will also provide you with a professional-grade whitening compound and a set of instructions for using your take-home whitening kit.
In most cases, you’ll wear the trays with whitening compound for about an hour every day. The length of your treatment can vary from between 1-3 weeks, depending on the extent of your staining and your desired results.
The Benefits Of Take-Home Whitening
Take-home whitening has some great benefits compared to in-office whitening:
- Treatment in the comfort of your own home – Instead of sitting in the dentist’s chair, you can treat yourself and whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home while you relax and enjoy your favorite activities.
- Subtle, gradual results – Take-home whitening provides the same results as in-office whitening, but it will take a few weeks for you to achieve the same level of brightness. This means it’s more subtle, which some patients prefer if they don’t want it to be obvious that they have had their teeth whitened.
- Lower cost – Take-home whitening kits are usually more affordable compared to in-office whitening treatments, which makesthem a good option if you are on a budget.
Professional Take-Home Kits Vs. Over-The-Counter Products
You may be tempted to try out over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products instead of having your teeth professionally whitened.
While some of these OTC products are safe to use, they will not provide you with the same results you would get from a professional whitening kit. They have a relatively low level of peroxide, which means they will take a much longer time to provide comparable results.
Professional take-home kits whiten all of your teeth evenly and use custom trays to ensure the best results. Over-the-counter whitening kits are all the same size and shape, and they will not provide the same results. In fact, OTC kits often only whiten the front teeth instead of your whole smile.
Some online and in-store whitening kits use dangerously high levels of peroxide. If you use these kits and over-whiten your teeth, you could damage your enamel and your gums permanently. When it comes to whitening your smile, speak to a Evanston cosmetic dentist to find the best option.