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Should I Consider Teeth Whitening?

Few of us can escape the fate of yellowed teeth. The substances we consume discolor the enamel over time--plus the enamel becomes teeth whiteningthinner as we age, allowing more of the yellow dentin beneath to show through.

The good news is, this type of staining can be reversed with professional whitening treatments from your Bolingbrook, IL dentist at Bolingbrook Dental Care. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments today, and it's extremely safe and effective when performed by a qualified dental professional.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is achieved with a peroxide-based bleaching agent that lifts stains out of the tooth's surface, helping you:

  • Improve your self-esteem
  • Show off your smile with pride
  • Take years off your appearance

A single whitening treatment may suffice for mild yellowing or minor stains. If you need to lighten your teeth by several shades, multiple visits may be needed.

While it's safe for most people to have their teeth professionally whitened, attempting to whiten teeth at home often results in negative side effects, such as chemical burns and uneven shading. Your Bolingbrook dentist will plan your treatment to deliver the results you want safely.

When Is Teeth Whitening Not Recommended?

Professional teeth whitening is effective for many people, and helps to brighten teeth that have yellowed over time. However, certain types of staining do not respond well to whitening treatments.

  • Brown or gray stains: Teeth that are severely discolored, or stained a shade other than yellow, will not respond well to standard teeth whitening treatments.

  • Stains inside the tooth: Internal discoloration can be caused by certain medications and trauma to the tooth. These stains will not be affected by bleaching agents applied to the surface of the teeth.

  • Restorations: If your front teeth have been treated with crowns, bridges, composite fillings, or other dental restorations, whitening will not deliver results on these areas.

If your teeth are not likely to respond to whitening treatments, don't despair--there are always solutions to help you improve the look of your smile, such as veneers or dental bonding. Consult with your Bolingbrook dentist to find out what your options are to achieve a brighter smile.

Family Dentist in Bolingbrook, IL

Whitening your teeth can boost your self-confidence, reverse effects of aging, and make you happier with your appearance. To find out if teeth whitening is the best way to improve your smile, contact Bolingbrook Dental Care at (630) 739-5500 or request your appointment now.

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