It’s pretty much common knowledge that certain foods and drinks can stain teeth in almost every instance, but did you know that wearing braces can also have an impact on the brightness of your smile? The discoloration occurs because food and other debris can easily become trapped, leading to staining and plaque buildup.
Our doctors at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists are trained and have the equipment and materials needed to keep your teeth as white as possible during your orthodontic care in either our Elmhurst, IL, or Downers Grove, IL, location. We also provide teeth whitening treatments to remove any staining that occurred while you were wearing braces or other dental appliances.
If you’re interested in learning about the treatment methods that we use at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists for teeth whitening, we invite you to call our office now to speak to a member of our dental care team.
Although every patient will have different requirements, the two most common at-home treatments for teeth whitening while wearing traditional metal braces are using whitening toothpaste and mouthwashes, along with an electric toothbrush. Depending on which type of lingual braces or clear removable aligners our dentists have prescribed you in Elmhurst, IL, and Downers Grove, IL, you may also be able to use whitening strips and whitening trays.
Still, it’s always best to check with us before you use any at-home or over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products since many of them can do damage – and in some cases, they can do irreversible damage.
If you want to be proactive against discoloration while wearing your braces, the most important things you can do are brush, floss, and ask us about fluoride treatments until your teeth can be professionally whitened post-orthodontic treatment.
Your tooth can change color due to a number of reasons. Some of the common reasons are tea, coffee, tobacco, and aging. It can also change color if you had any trauma to the teeth or if you had root canal treatment. Teeth darkening can also be a side effect of your medication, such as high blood pressure tablets.
Teeth whitening products contain carbamide or hydrogen peroxide in various concentrations as the main ingredient. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to change the color of your teeth. However, it has some limitations. Teeth whitening procedure can only work on natural teeth. So, if you have any restorations, such as crowns or veneers, it will not be able to change the color. Talk to one of our dentists providing teeth whitening in Elmhurst and Downers Grove, IL, to find out if it is suitable for you.
You can choose from a take-home kit given by the dentist, in-office teeth whitening near you, or over-the-counter whitening products.
In-office teeth whitening procedure is performed by the dentist in a dental clinic. It uses a higher concentration of peroxide gel to whiten your teeth. The procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Our dentist will first clean your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar. A rubber dam barrier will be placed to protect your gums. The dentist will then apply the gel to your teeth using a small brush. Heat and light are sometimes used to speed up the whitening process. The gel is then wiped off, and the process is repeated 3-4 times until the desired shade is achieved.
Take-home whitening kits may be suitable for some patients. The whitening gel is delivered in custom-made trays. The dentist will first take an impression of your teeth to fabricate the trays. You will be given trays that fit your teeth perfectly with instructions to follow at home. It usually takes two weeks to get the result. The main benefit of take-home kits is completing the treatment from the comfort and convenience of your own home!
Various over-the-counter teeth whitening products are now available such as toothpastes, rinses, and whitening strips. They contain a much lower concentration of peroxide gel compared to in-office teeth whitening near you. We recommend getting a professional opinion of a dentist before using over-the-counter teeth whitening products.
At Premier Orthodontics and Dental Specialists, we offer different options for teeth whitening in Elmhurst 60126 and Downers Grove 60515 to suit you.
Our goal at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists is to provide our patients with a healthy, straight, and bright smile. Our doctors will work with you during every step of your care to ensure that our goal is met. Whether its teeth whitening now or waiting until your braces have been removed, we’re here every step of the way.