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Teeth Whitening

Bucktown Chicago teeth whitening can brighten your smile. People usually have a special reason for teeth whitening. This could be a job interview, a graduation, or a wedding. Whatever your reason is, we have the teeth whitening service for you. 

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What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening procedure utilizes a special whitening gel to release oxygen atoms. The oxygen atoms lighten teeth discolorations without causing any changes to tooth enamel. Teeth whitening is a great non-invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure that can enhance your smile.

What is special about Bucktown Chicago teeth whitening

Dr. Elseweifi has years of experience in teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry. He uses several techniques and materials, depending on the patient's conditioin and teeth shade. 

Methods of Teeth Whitening 

Teeth whitening can be performed in the dental office (in-office teeth whitening) or at home (take-home teeth whitening), using whitening trays, whitening strips, tooth paste, or paint on materials.

In-office Teeth Whitening 

In-office teeth whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. Treatment is usually done in one visit. A professional teeth whitening gel is applies to the teeth.

Dr. Elseweifi uses Glo & Vista Dental teeth whitening. He may combine in-office teeth whitening with take-home teeth whitening.

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Bucktown Chicago Teeth Whitening with Glo

Dr. Elseweifi uses Glo teeth whitening for best results.  Glo teeth whitening system uses a special LED light to heat the whitening gel. You get great teeth whitening in less than one hour with less or no sensitivity.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

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Take-home whitening is done either using a custom whitening tray or strips. Teeth whitening at home is great for boosting or maintaining professional whitening results.

  • Take-home whitening with custom trays: Custom whitening trays are fabricated from dental impressions of your teeth.  Custom whitening trays have many advantages over strips. The tray concentrates the whitening gel on the teeth and prevents gum irritation. As the whitening gel comes in concentrations That range from 15-40%, Dr. Elseweifi will dispense the proper concentration for your teeth. That way you can get the best whitening results without sensitivity.

  • Take-home teeth whitening with strips: Teeth whitening strips are adapted and pressed to the teeth. The strips contain the whitening gel. Strips have much lower concentrations of the whitening gel.

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Teeth whitening tray

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Teeth whitening strips

Whitening Tooth Paste

A whitening tooth paste contains polishers and chemical that remove surface stains. They do not really whitening the teeth. 

Internal Teeth Whitening (Internal Bleaching)

Internal bleaching is used for teeth that are internally discolored due to trauma or decay. First, root canal treatment is done. A special whitening material is placed inside the tooth to lighten internal stains. 

Over-the-counter Teeth Whitening Products

Approved OTC products contain only a low concentration of 10% whitening gel. As the whitening gel is not applied by a custom made tray, it tends to dilute even more by saliva.

In-office Teeth Whitening at Bucktown Dental Associates

Dr. Elseweifi uses chemically activated whitening gels that provides brighter, whiter teeth in one visit. He uses 40% whitening gels that do not require a hot, uncomfortable light or laser. or In-office teeth whitening, prepare to stay with us for about 90 minutes. The whitening steps include:

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  1. You get a comprehensive dental exam to detect any gum disease or active cavities that may cause adverse side effects. 
  2. You get an evaluation of the condition of existing restorations on the front teeth and the existing tooth shade.
  3. The teeth are cleaned and polished. 
  4. Dental impressions may be taken.
  5. A protective material is placed on the gum and your lips are protected. 
  6. The whitening gel is applied to the teeth for two to three 20-minute sessions. 
  7. The protective materials are removed and the teeth are polished. 

Questions & answers about teeth whitening

Can I get teeth whitening at any age? Teeth can be whitened at any age. At older age, teeth tend to be more greyish in color, which makes whitening more challenging. However, effective teeth whitening can rejuvenate teeth color even if you are 80 years old.

Will my crowns, veneers or fillings whiten too? No. Porcelain and resin fillings do not whiten. If you have veneers, crowns, or bonding on the front teeth, you may need to replace some of them. Dr. Elseweifi always recommends teeth whitening before placing restoration on the front teeth.

How white will my teeth get? We can achieve good results with teeth whitening. However, everyone is different, and result may vary. Teeth with tetracycline stains are very hard, but not impossible, to whiten.

Do I need to stop coffee and tea drinking after teeth whitening? With excessive use of coffee, tea, and smoking, the results of teeth whitening will not last as long. However, with proper home hygiene and professional care, you can overcome this problem.

Are there different types of teeth stains? Teeth stains can be external or internal. External stains are caused by food and drinks (coffee, tea, soda and red wine, etc.), smoking or tobacco chewing, or bad hygiene. Internal stains are caused by antibiotics (tetracycline in children), too much fluoride intake, tooth trauma, silver filings (amalgam) or aging. 

For more information on Teeth Whitening in the Bucktown, Chicago area call Bucktown Dental Associates at (773) 530-3781 today!

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