Even if you brush and floss regularly, yellow or discolored teeth may affect you and make you feel self-conscious when you smile or speak.
Professional teeth whitening is a powerful way to remove stains and whiten your smile much more effectively than store-bought products.
What can teeth whitening with Dr. Art Carpenter do for you?
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Teeth Whitening Can Even Improve Your Confidence
A study conducted for Crest®, titled "The Impact of Whiter Teeth on Key First Impressions," measured how a brighter smile could directly affect professional and social interactions. Results showed that 61 percent of the study participants were perceived as more confident after having their teeth whitened.
More Reasons to Consider Whitening
For most patients, it is impossible to avoid stained and discolored teeth. Our smile naturally loses its brightness from daily wear, age, and even what we eat and drink. To help you achieve the whiter smile you want, Drs. Art Carpenter and Sejal Jobalia offer advanced teeth whitening treatments at their Kenilworth, IL, practice. With professional teeth whitening, you can achieve better results than with over-the-counter treatments. You can also choose between in-office and take-home treatments to conveniently achieve your optimal shade at your own pace.
The Truth about Discoloration
Most tooth stains are located on the surface of the enamel. These stains are often caused by what we eat and drink, including substances such as coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and tobacco. Surface stains are often very easily treated with whitening, responding well to the bleaching agents used.
In just one appointment you can achieve dramatic results. If you have an upcoming social event or simply want the satisfaction of instant results, in-office treatments may be the option for you.
However, teeth can also suffer from internal staining. These discolorations can result from certain medications, trauma to the tooth, and metal fillings that show through enamel. In addition, as teeth wear, enamel becomes thin and begins to show the natural yellow color of the interior dentin. Teeth whitening is not able to address internal stains or lighten the color of dentin. If you are concerned about internal staining, you may benefit from another cosmetic procedure, such as porcelain veneers, crowns, or dental bonding.
Patients who want quick results can dramatically brighten their smile in a single visit with in-office whitening. A typical whitening session in the office takes about an hour. Using Opalescence Boost, Dr. Carpenter or Dr. Jobalia can brighten your teeth multiple shades, allowing you to leave our offices with a significantly brighter smile.
During an in-office session, one of our hygienists will first prep your teeth to remove any plaque or debris which could interfere with treatment. Then the doctor will carefully apply the whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The gel stays in place for a set amount of time. Then your dentist will remove it and reapply a new layer. It typically takes three or four applications to achieve the desired results.
For patients who want to whiten their smile more gradually or have sensitive teeth, we can also provide customized take-home whitening kits. With these kits, you can whiten your teeth at your own pace. However, at-home kits use a weaker bleaching agent to protect your enamel. If you whiten your teeth at home, it will likely take a couple of weeks to achieve your desired results.
We will first craft a set of customized trays from impressions of your teeth. When you are ready to begin whitening, you will simply fill the trays with gel, place them over the tops of your teeth, and wear them for a predetermined amount of time.
Choosing the Right Option
Both in-office whitening and at-home kits achieve similar results and can dramatically enhance your smile. The right choice for you will depend primarily on how quickly you want results. Dr. Carpenter or Dr. Jobalia can assess your oral health during a consultation at our office and recommend the right system for you.
Typically, patients with dental sensitivity are more comfortable with at-home kits. However, if you clench or grind your teeth, you may find the take-home trays uncomfortable.
Achieve a Whiter, Brighter Smile
Are you tired of hiding your smile because of discoloration or stains? Teeth whitening treatments with our office can help you achieve a brighter smile that you can share confidently. A comprehensive examination with Dr. Carpenter or Dr. Jobalia can let us determine the right treatment for your needs and goals. Call our office at (847) 251-5004 or request your appointment online.
Choose a Highly Trained Team
Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including:
- Dental implants
- Fully guided implant surgery
- Inman Aligner™
He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.
We have been coming to Dr. Carpenter for several years now after seeing dentists that lacked good patient relationships. Dr. Carpenter is patient with those who fear going to the dentist (that's me), explains what needs to be done and provides different options for treatment. Worth the trek from the city!Kelly B.