Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist Explains The Benefits of Professional and At Home Teeth Whitening Treatments

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Dec 13, 2011

Many of our patients take excellent care of their teeth. They brush and floss at least twice a day, and maintain regular professional appointments. Many of them, however, find that they still want something to pump up the whiteness and brightness of their smiles. Our Elmhurst cosmetic dentists have found that teeth whitening treatments are incredibly popular with patients of many ages—and people have more options than ever when it comes to whitening their teeth.  Here I review some of the benefits of professional home whitening treatments.

When we are talking about teeth whitening treatments, we’re really talking about teeth bleaching.  Professional and at-home products use hydrogen or carbamide peroxide to bleach dental enamel and eliminate stains. There are a number of advantages to using professional teeth whitening treatments rather than over the counter formulations.

Professional teeth whitening treatments are administered in-office by a dental professional. There are a variety of benefits to using dentist-administered bleaching treatments:

  • Professional formulations are stronger than at-home products. That means that you’ll see results faster (usually after only one or two appointments) and you’ll have greater control over the level of whitening you experience.
  • Your dentist will oversee your treatment and tailor it to fit you. If you have tooth sensitivity, receding gums, or any other condition that may be aggravated by bleaching agents, you can avoid a lot of discomfort by working with a professional.
  • You can maintain your smile with a long-term whitening treatment plan. After your in-office whitening treatment, your dentist can provide you with at-home maintenance bleaching kits, specifically formulated to enhance your results.

Teeth bleaching is more popular than ever. Working with a cosmetic dentist you can rejuvenate your smile safely, quickly, and noticeably. At the end of the day professional whitening treatments are faster and more effective than over the counter products—you can get the results you want without feeling uncertain about the outcome. Give our Elmhurst cosmetic dentists a call if you have any questions about teeth whitening or if you’d like to schedule an appointment— (630) 733-1624.