Teeth Whitening

Pro Dental Care

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in South Elgin, IL & Sleepy Hollow, IL

Having a brighter, whiter smile can do wonders for your confidence. At Pro Dental Care, Dr. Rick Brar and Dr. Keith Bram administer safe, effective whitening treatments for patients in South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, offering patients take-home kits as well as in-office professional whitening that delivers great results in just one visit. Book an appointment today to boost the wattage of your smile.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes teeth to become yellow?

Teeth can become yellow for many reasons, including consuming foods and beverages known to cause staining, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries. Smoking or chewing tobacco can also alter the color of your teeth.

Aging is also a factor. Just beneath your thin layer of white enamel lies another layer of tissue called dentin, which is naturally yellow in color. As your enamel wears away over the years, more of that yellow tissue begins to show.

Some people are simply more “prone” to yellowing than others. And of course, failing to practice good oral hygiene habits including routine cleanings every six months can also allow stains to build up and penetrate the tooth surface.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, the teeth whitening methods used at Pro Dental Care are completely safe. The professional laser whitening system the practice uses for in-office whitening is FDA-approved for safe, effective whitening. As with all procedures available at Pro Dental Care, you can feel confident that your provider approaches your teeth whitening experience from a perspective that places your dental health as their top priority.

How is teeth whitening performed?

Pro Dental Care offers two whitening methods: A take-home kit that uses custom-fit trays for better and more consistent application of the whitening gel, and an in-office whitening procedure that uses a combination of a whitening gel and a special laser light to activate the gel so it can penetrate more deeply.

With the take-home kit, you wear your custom trays for about 45 minutes every day over a period of two weeks for optimal results. Take-home kits are also ideal for “touch-up” treatments between professional whitening treatments.

In-office whitening yields excellent results with a single treatment. Depending on your desired final shade, additional treatment may be needed to achieve the best results.

Will teeth whitening make my teeth more sensitive?

Some patients may experience mild sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures after professional teeth whitening, but these issues will resolve shortly after your whitening treatment. Scheduling a dental exam prior to professional whitening can reduce the risk of sensitivity by identifying any areas of decay or issues like small cracks or chips.

If needed, these issues can be corrected before your whitening session to reduce your chances of sensitivity during whitening. If your teeth are sensitive, speak with your practitioner prior to your appointment.

If you’d like to explore teeth whitening in more depth, schedule a visit at Pro Dental Care today, online or by phone.