COVID-19 Update and Letter From The Practice

Our Offices Are Now Open

As we monitor the COVID-19 situation, we have updated our preventative measures to protect patients and staff.

View the: Enhanced Patient Protection Plan or call the office at (847) 251-5004  for more information.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and not been overly stressed with all the challenges we have all had over the last two months. Fortunately none of us or our families have had their health directly effected by COVID - 19. For those of you that have had any deaths or sickness in your family and friends we empathize with your pain or loss. For those of you that have had your livelihood and business effected and felt the humiliation and frustration of being told the hard work you have done to further your career and support yourself and your family is considered an extremely insulting term “non essential” we understand your frustration. What we are going through is not the “new normal” it is what we have to endure for now but we are all starting the road back to normalcy that we all crave.

We are considered essential healthcare business so we have been open and have seen many of you. We were only open to see patients with pain, infection, swelling and trauma. Under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health we are now clear to resume a full range of dental services. We will highlight temporary changes on the included overview page. We will have a backlog of patients for awhile so if you were one of the hundreds of our guests who had their appointments cancelled with no future appointment made we will be contacting you.

I realize more than ever that all of us at the office miss everyone dearly and it has been difficult not using the talents we have been given to serve you. I just turned 50 and now I definitely realize I am nowhere near retirement and not close to being ready. For now dropping into our office to talk, read magazines, grabbing a cup of coffee is not possible. Hugs and handshakes are gone for now too but we will not live in a dehumanized society void of human touch forever.

Since we are a small boutique dental office we are uniquely qualified to thrive during the shadow of COVID - 19. We are not a clinic so we do not see multiple patients at once and we have private enclosed treatment rooms. As a dentist I have always practiced under universal precautions so the steps we have always had the proper protocol in place but we are enhancing and taken further precautions above and beyond what the Center for Disease Control recommends. Your safety and our dedicated staff’s safety is and always will be our top priority.

It is understandable if some of you still have concerns or health issues that cause you concern. Feel free to ask any questions about our cleanliness and enhanced infection control protocols. Common sense guideline have always been in place such as if you are sick or with a fever do not come to the office. I cannot think of another step we can take to ensure your safety and the staff’s safety and to reduce the chance of transmission of COVID - 19. Your health and safety is of utmost concern and is in excellent hands. No one at our office would have it any other way. Just as with previous financial crises some of you may have had your business decimated or income negatively effected. As our valued guests please do not hesitate or be embarrassed to seek treatment or receive care. Please discuss that with us. We will take care of you! It is an honor to take care of everyone and look forward to seeing everyone back at the office. Stay healthy!

Art, Cynde, Courtney, Oksana, Geila and Kim
Yellow teeth and whiter teeth

Teeth Whitening

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 much more effectively than store-bought whitening products.

What can teeth whitening with Dr. Art Carpenter in Kenilworth, IL, do for you? 

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Whitening Quickly Delivers Dramatic Results

More Youthful Appearance

Something as simple as whiter teeth can have dramatic effects on your overall look. Tooth whitening can help you look healthier and younger. 

Expedited Results 

While over-the-counter whitening products or whitening toothpastes can take weeks to show even a slight improvement, in-office tooth whitening can whiten your smile by several shades in just one appointment.

Diverse Options

Dr. Carpenter offers both in-office and take-home whitening treatments. In-office whitening can help you achieve fast results, while take-home kits allow you to conveniently enhance your smile on your schedule.

Want to see how teeth whitening works?

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Teeth Whitening Can Even Improve Your Confidence 

61 percent of study participants were perceived as more confident after having their teeth whitened.

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 experiencing professional teeth whitening.

Achieve a Whiter, Brighter Smile Schedule an Appointment Today

Are you tired of hiding your smile because of discoloration or stains? Teeth whitening treatments with our dentists in Kenilworth, IL, can help you achieve a brighter smile that you can share confidently.

Our dentists use the latest version of the ZOOM! teeth whitening system, which safely whitens teeth without harmful chemicals. In addition to whitening, this method also serves to strengthen the enamel.

A comprehensive examination with Dr. Carpenter can help us determine the right treatment for your needs and goals. To schedule a dental appointment, fill out our online form or call our office at:

(847) 251-5004

Dr. Art Carpenter
Dr. Art Carpenter

Patient Reviews

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Cindy Mile

2019

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Very satisfying experience. Straight forward, professional and affordable. Looking forward to working with Dr.Carpenter and the staff.

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Meredith Rives

2017

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High quality, thorough care matched with excellent communication and expertise.  Highly recommend Dr. Carpenter and his wonderful  staff.

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More Reasons to Consider Teeth Whitening

For most patients, it is impossible to avoid stained and discolored teeth. Our smiles naturally loses their brightness from daily wear, age, and even what we eat and drink. To help you achieve the brighter, healthier appearance you want, Dr. Art Carpenter and his team 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 or whitening toothpastes. You can also choose between in-office and take-home tooth whitening to conveniently achieve your optimal shade at your own pace.

The Truth about Discoloration

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In many cases, teeth whitening can brighten your smile up to eight shades.

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 easy for a dentist to treat with whitening products.

In just one appointment at our dental clinic in Kenilworth, IL, 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. If the tooth is severely damaged, restoring it with a dental implant may be the best option.

In-Office Whitening

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In-office treatment usually requires a single, one-hour session.

Patients who want quick results can experience a dramatic cosmetic upgrade in a single visit with in-office whitening. A typical whitening session in our dental clinic in Kenilworth, IL, takes about an hour. Using Opalescence Boost, Dr. Carpenter 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 dentist will carefully apply the whitening gel to the surface of your enamel. 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

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At-home whitening is typically done over several weeks.

For patients who want to see results more gradually or suffer from tooth sensitivity, we can also provide customized take-home tooth whitening kits. With these kits, you can brighten your appearance 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 bite. When you are ready to begin tooth whitening, you will simply fill the trays with gel, put them on like a mouth-guard, and wear them for a predetermined amount of time.

Friendly and Professional

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Jeff Einbinder

2016

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It was suggested that I go to Art Carpenter DDS. I went to get some bonding, whitening, a crown and a veneer.

I found him to be friendly, professional, explained everything before he did each thing and he did a great job.

I would recommend him to the world to go to him.

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Sarah Spalding

2017

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My family has been seeing Dr. Carpenter since I was a kid. He is friendly, thorough, and always clearly explains what is going on and what he is doing. 

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Choosing the Right Option

Both in-office whitening and at-home kits achieve similar results and can dramatically enhance your appearance. The right choice for you will depend primarily on how quickly you want results. Our dentists can assess your oral health during a consultation at our office in Kenilworth, IL, and recommend the right system for you.

Typically, patients with tooth sensitivity are more comfortable with at-home kits. However, if you clench or grind your teeth, you may find the take-home dental trays uncomfortable.

Why Choose Professional Whitening over Other Methods?

Modern dentistry has provided dental professionals with proven and predictable methods of tooth whitening that are much more effective than anything you can find on the shelf at a pharmacy or any DIY whitening treatments, including:

Whitening Toothpastes

Some whitening toothpastes are more effective than others. However, regular brushing with whitening toothpastes may only produce slightly whiter teeth after several weeks, whereas professional tooth whitening can brighten the teeth by several shades in one hour.

Hydrogen Peroxide Mixtures

Crafting hydrogen peroxide mixtures at home has become a common bleaching strategy. While hydrogen peroxide is an ingredient in some whitening products, using too much hydrogen peroxide in your own mixture puts you at risk of damaging your enamel. It is better to trust the products created and applied by dentists.

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Whitening Strips

Whitening strips are another popular alternative to the bleaching methods available through professional dentistry. While they can slightly improve the appearance of enamel over several weeks, the adhesive strips can potentially damage the gums and harm beneficial bacteria. Professional teeth whitening is safer for your oral health.

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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.

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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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