Do you hide your teeth when you smile? Yellowed or stained teeth can be a source of embarrassment for many people. Thankfully, there are several teeth whitening options to remove stains and brighten smiles. But how can you know which methods to try and which to avoid? Your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the downside of in-office bleaching and what you can do remove stains, brighten your teeth, and smile freely.
So What’s the Trouble with In-Office Bleaching?
First and foremost, in office bleaching does not remove stains. Instead, it brightens teeth by dehydrating them. Thus, the benefits of the procedure do not last very long. Patients who undergo in-office bleaching may also experience irritation in their gums or dental pulp, the nerve-filled, living tissue within teeth. That’s a lot of irritation for such short-lived benefits. So if in office bleaching isn’t a good option, what can you do to whiten your smile? Dr. Fondriest recommends a home teeth bleaching system that will noticeably brighten teeth several shades.
Home Bleaching Explained
Home bleaching does what in office bleaching doesn’t. It attacks and removes stains. The process involves trays filled with bleaching gel that fit over your teeth. Dr. Fondriest recommends using Nite White Excel 3 from Discus Dental. The “Nite” in Nite White means that you can whiten your teeth while you sleep. Just place the tray over your teeth and sleep your way to a brighter smile.
Have sensitive teeth? Don’t worry. Dr. Fondriest recommends Day White Excel 3 from Discus Dental. Featuring a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide, this system is gentler and is used twice a day for 30 minutes at a time.
Whiten Your Teeth with Your Lake Forest Dentist
Would you like to whiten your smile? Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest and discuss our many cosmetic dental procedures. Contact our dentist office at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs of Chicago.