Bright, white smiles in Naperville, IL!
If you want to achieve a brighter, whiter smile, teeth whitening may have come to mind. But with so many options, it can be overwhelming to choose the best method for your smile.
The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to Dr. Grimley about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening. Dr. Grimley has been whitening Naperville’s smiles for more than 30 years, making him extremely experienced and knowledgeable about all teeth-whitening options. Our professional whitening services are all customized to help you achieve the most beautiful, natural-looking smile possible.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Philips Zoom! Light-Activated Gel
The first professional option is referred to as in-office whitening, and is done with Philips Zoom! This procedure is performed right here in our Naperville, IL dental office, and is extremely safe and comfortable. During an appointment, a member of our dental team will apply the Zoom Chairside Light-Activated Gel to the surface of your teeth. The all-new Whitening LED Accelerator greatly increases and enhances the whitening process and delivers dramatic results you will love. With Philips Zoom in-office whitening, your teeth can become up to eight shades lighter in just an hour and a half!
We try our hardest to minimize any discomfort from sensitivity due to the whitening process. We recommend using MI Paste daily for two weeks prior to your whitening procedure. MI Paste mineralizes the enamel, greatly reducing the effects of the whitening, therefore greatly reducing sensitivity. No other dentists in Naperville do this!
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel available only through a dentist like Dr. Grimley. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. This process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days. Tray whitening can also be used for touch-up whitening after an in-office whitening procedure.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options. One type of readily accessible whitening products is commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whitener. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over the counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult Dr. Grimley before use.
Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing them to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color or shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
The most important thing to keep in mind with all teeth whitening products is that it only lightens your natural teeth; if you have tooth-colored fillings, crowns, or bridges, they will not be effected by teeth whitening. There are other cosmetic options available at Grimley Family Dental that can help improve the aesthetics of your smile if this is the case.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our Naperville dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Grimley.