Things You Should Know About Teeth Whitening

by | Jan 20, 2016 | Dentistry

It can be very distressing to look in the mirror and the reflection is teeth which are terribly stained and discolored. This is the time when many people consider improving their looks and bringing their teeth back to what they once were. There are numerous ways in which teeth whitening in Chicago can be accomplished; some treatments are designed to be done in the privacy of your own home, but, before you start it is always a good idea to visit your dentist for a professional cleaning. Once your teeth are free of tartar, then, and only then, can the dentist determine if you are a good candidate for this type of treatment.

Not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening in Chicago. People that have had at one time or another had dental treatments which included restoration procedures such as bonding will not be good candidates for using the chemicals hydrogen and carbamide peroxide which are the basis for all teeth cleaning systems. Teeth which have been covered by veneers or bonding are as white as they will ever get, teeth whitening will have no effect at all. When veneers or bonding was done the dentist chose the color to match the teeth surrounding the tooth or teeth which were subjected to treatment. If the surrounding teeth are now whitened, the restored teeth will be very noticeable. If you are adamant about having your teeth whitened the solution is to change the color of the teeth which have been restored to the color expected after whitening.

How are teeth bleached?

Most people are of the impression that it is the enamel that gives the teeth their color, not true. Tooth enamel is translucent or transparent, it is also porous. The pores go through the enamel to the next layer which is the tooth dentin; it is the dentin that gives teeth their color. The dentin for the majority of people is somewhat yellowish although it can favor gray, brown or even black. Teeth whitening in Chicago bleach the dentin, not the enamel.

The best way to whiten teeth is at the dentist’s office. There are products that can be used at home that are purchased from the dentist; these are superior to any over the counter solutions.

Teeth whitening in Chicago may take more than a single treatment before the desired result is reached. Teeth whitening is not something that is permanent, over time food, beverages, smoking, etc will stain and discolor teeth again, requiring retreatment. Although the process will have to be redone at some time in the future the time can be extended with proper brushing and flossing.

There are numerous approaches to teeth whitening in Chicago but the best are treatments that you arrange from your dentist. To discuss how your teeth can be brighter and whiter you are invited to visit the dentists at the Art of Modern Dentistry.

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