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A few years ago, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry conducted a survey in which they asked adults, “What would you like to improve most about your smile?” The majority said they’d like whiter and brighter teeth. One of the most economical ways to enhance the color and appearance of stained or discolored teeth is through teeth whitening treatment.

Teeth whitening can be performed at our Chicago dental practice, Lincoln Park Smiles, or at home. Let’s compare the two methods.

In-Office Teeth Whitening: Quick and Effective

The more popular teeth whitening option is our in-office treatment with Dr. Jack Manikowski, which is a more controlled, safer experience and produces better results. Also, if you are worried about gum sensitivity to the whitening products, Dr. Jack can manage those issues.

To begin, we will cover your gums with a special shield to prevent them from coming into contact with the whitening gel. We will thoroughly apply the whitening gel to your teeth and it will be kept in place for approximately 15 minutes. A special LED light may be used to accelerate the whitening product and break down tooth staining faster. The whitening gel will be removed, and the process will repeat up to 3 more times.

Results: teeth that look up to eight shades lighter, in less than an hour.

At-Home Teeth Whitening: Comfortable and Convenient

Some of our teeth whitening patients prefer to use a take-home whitening kit because it is more comfortable and convenient to whiten at home. They are also less expensive than in-office whitening. The kits include custom-fitted trays (similar to mouth guards) and a whitening gel.

The whitening trays can be worn at your leisure, while you’re watching television or loading up the dishwasher. Since they’re portable, you can take them with you on vacation.

The disadvantage of at-home teeth whitening is that it typically takes longer to see results than it would using the in-office systems.

Results: teeth that gradually start to look whiter.

Learn More about Teeth Whitening

If you’d like to learn more about in-office or at-home teeth whitening, we would be happy to answer your questions. Please call us at (312) 337-1665 or send us an email.

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