Home bleaching | Brighten Your Smile

Is home bleaching better than in office bleaching? Home bleaching with professionally dispensed whitening products is the most effective way to brighten your smile for the long term. While in-office power bleaching will brighten your teeth in 45 minutes, this brightening will not last very long. In office bleaching works mainly by dehydrating the teeth. ninety percent of in office bleaching will be lost within 4-6 months as the teeth re-hydrate. Home bleaching takes more time but it more effectively bleaches the organic colorants in your teeth.

Everyone wants a bright, beautiful smile. In fact, Americans spend over 1.4 billion dollars each year on store bought teeth whiteners. Simply put, a whiter smile boosts confidence, and many people assume over-the-counter whiteners work just as well as professional systems. In this article, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the disadvantages of store purchased teeth whiteners, and how you can receive professional grade whitening from your home.

Over the counter vs. professionally dispensed home bleaching products

While over-the-counter teeth whiteners are often more affordable, the results aren’t as dramatic and rarely last as long. People also report sensitive teeth and gum irritation as a result of using store bought teeth whiteners. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, our patients have access to powerful, professional teeth whitening systems they can use from the comfort of their own home. Our whiteners can remove a variety of extrinsic teeth stains, such as coffee, red wine, tobacco, food, and even stains caused by aging. Your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest, offers two at home bleaching systems:

  • Nite White Excel 3: The patient is assigned a custom-fitted tray and a special bleaching gel. The gel is placed in the tray and worn at night. Many patients see dramatic results in just one day.
  • Day White Excel 3: This system is only used for 30 minutes during the day. As with Nite White, a custom-made tray and special bleaching gel are given to the patient. Day White was designed specifically for patients with sensitive teeth and gums, and patients often report a significant reduction in irritation. This home bleaching system is most commonly offered to patients who grind their teeth.

 A Word About In-Office Whitening

Dr. Fondriest does not offer, nor does he recommend, in-office bleaching. Office-based teeth whitening techniques usually require only an hour or less to brighten teeth, but the results don’t last long. Often, patients experience extreme sensitivity in their teeth, and increased gum irritation.

Learn more about the at home bleaching products available

Interested in our convenient at-home teeth whitening system? Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest and discuss our many cosmetic dental procedures. Contact our office at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs near Chicago.