Elk Grove Smile Center

Is Teeth Whitening Right for You?

February 20, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Vishal Advani
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Flashing a beautiful, wide smile shows confidence, assurance, and friendliness. For people who aren’t confident about their teeth, big smiles are a thing they avoid. One factor that makes people reluctant to smile is yellow or discolored teeth. 

Deciding to get your teeth whitened is an available option for those wanting a bright smile. If you are considering this dental procedure, contact your local dental professionals in Elk Grove Village, IL

Reasons Teeth Become Discolored

Most people have learned that diet and lifestyle can be a significant factor for yellowing. Coffee, tea, wine, sodas, and smoking all contribute to stains. Brushing and flossing can turn back time on some of these discolorations, along with regular teeth cleaning. 

Under your protective layer of enamel is another level called dentin. Dentin is yellowish and shows through your enamel. Natural wear and tear, genetics, and other factors can grind down your enamel layer. The thinner it gets, the more visible the dentin is. 

What Teeth Whiteners Do for You

If you’ve decided that your smile needs to be brighter, this dental procedure is quick and affordable. Consider the effects that a polished white smile could do for your appearance and confidence. 

There are many teeth whiteners sold over the counter that include toothpastes, rinses, gels, and strips. Some are abrasive to the enamel so be careful which ones you try, over time some products can damage your teeth. The best results will always be a professional whitening procedure.  

What Are Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits?

Professional take-home teeth whitening trays are more effective than over-the-counter products, and they are applied at your convenience in your home. Your dentist will create an impression of your teeth, which will be made into customized whitening trays that will fit the contours of your mouth. These kits will come with instructions for daily use. After the treatment time is done, the dentist will schedule a checkup to determine if more whitening is needed. 

An advantage to take-home kits on top of their convenience is the bleaching solution is gentle on sensitive teeth and is cost-effective. Additionally, you can maintain your whiteness by continuing the treatment. 

A bright and polished smile is a wonderful gift to yourself. We invite questions about teeth whitening at our Elk Grove Village dental practice.