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Choosing the Right Whitening System for You

Whitening your teeth can dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile. However, making the decision between in-office and at-home teeth whitening can be difficult. While both systems achieve similar results, the right option for you will depend on a variety of factors, including how sensitive your teeth are and how quickly you want results.

At our Kenilworth, IL, practice, we offer both in-office whitening and take-home kits from Opalescence®. If you are interested in brightening your smile, you can sit down with one of our dentists, Dr. Art Carpenter or Dr. Sejal Jobalia, to discuss your goals and concerns. They can assess your oral health and make a recommendation about the ideal whitening method for your unique needs. 

In-Office Whitening

Woman sitting in chair with visor on during teeth whitening treatment
In-office treatment usually requires a single, one-hour session.

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. 

At-Home Whitening

Model of teeth, gel applicator, and clear trays
At-home whitening is typically done over several weeks.

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. 

Learn Which Is Right for You

If you are considering teeth whitening, we offer both in-office and at-home whitening, allowing you to choose the option most suited to your unique needs. For more information, contact our office online or call (847) 251-5004 to speak to a member of our team today. 

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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!

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450 Green Bay Rd
Ste A
Kenilworth, IL 60043

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