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It's hard to feel confident when you worry about your appearance, and stained teeth negatively affect the way you look. This lack of self-confidence can even interfere with your social life and how you are perceived in the workplace. That's why so many people turn to teeth whitening. While some people choose at-home teeth whitening, others opt for getting their teeth whitened at the dentist's office. If you are interested in teeth whitening, Dr. Herman Salzberg can help you decide which option is best for your needs. Read on to learn about the differences between whitening your teeth at home and getting a teeth whitening treatment at the dentist's office.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
You can find teeth-whitening products in most grocery and drug stores. Whether you choose teeth whitening trays, whitening strips or whitening toothpaste, all claim to whiten yellow and stained teeth. When you use whitening trays, it usually takes three to 14 days before you see results. Teeth whitening strips may take a little longer to see any benefits. If you go with whitening toothpaste, you may not be satisfied with the results. It may seem to whiten teeth, but it will only remove surface stains. It can't lighten stains that are beneath the surface of your teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening at our Palatine dentist's office is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. At-home teeth whitening uses low-dose bleaching agents, but in-office procedures use high-concentration bleaching gel applied by a dental professional. When you let a dentist whiten your teeth, you enjoy immediate results using safe, effective methods.
Whether your teeth are stained because of tobacco use, aging, or the longterm use of certain foods that stain the teeth, in-office teeth whitening is usually the best solution if you want superior results.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are interested in teeth whitening services and you live in Palatine, schedule an appointment with Dr. Herman Salzberg. Dr. Salzberg offers a wide range of dental services designed to keep your teeth beautiful, healthy and strong. Schedule an appointment by contacting us at 847-359-6766.
Find out how cosmetic dentistry can provide you with the smile of your dreams.
Feeling confident in your appearance often translates to feeling confident with your smile. After all, a smile is one physical feature that we notice first. If you want to make a good first impression on a date or a job interview, you want to consider turning to our Palatine, IL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Herman Salzberg, for cosmetic dentistry. Here’s how we can help you:
Also referred to as dental bonding, this simple and inexpensive cosmetic treatment is designed to repair decay, discolorations, and minor flaws in a tooth to improve the overall color, shape or size. While it won’t be able to make drastic changes to your smile, it can fix small aesthetic imperfections. How it works is this: a dentist at our Palatine office will choose the resin that most closely matches the shade of your tooth. The bonding resin will then simply be applied, shaped, and hardened into place with a laser.
Have you noticed that your smile has started to yellow or dull a bit over the years? Has coffee drinking left you with a stained and discolored smile? If so, professional teeth whitening can give you fast and effective results. Not only can this treatment remove deep-set stains from the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth, but this professional system can also lighten the color of your tooth. In as little as a single teeth whitening session, we could get your smile several shades whiter.
Do you wish your smile were just a little straighter? Do you have cracks, chips, discolorations, or other problems that are spread across your smile? If you said “yes”, then dental veneers are here to help. These mega-thin, tooth-colored shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide common defects while also greatly improving the overall shape and color of your smile. If you’ve ever wondered how some Hollywood stars get such beautiful smiles, they most likely have dental veneers to thank!
If you have questions about getting cosmetic dentistry or you want to find out which option is right for your smile, call our Palatine office today to schedule a consultation with us. Our number is (847) 359-6766.
Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist have the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.
Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.
What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.
How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Contact Your Dentist
You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”