FAQs About At-Home Whitening Systems
By Scott Szatkowski D.D.S.
October 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: At-Home Whitening  

Discover how you can get a whiter smile from the comfort of your own home.

When it comes to getting a whiter smile, you could choose over-the-counter whitening products that may or may not give you the results At home whiteningyou want, or you could opt for reliable, effective professional whitening from your Elk Grove Village dentist, Dr. Scott Szatkowski. Some patients don’t like the idea of sitting in a chair waiting an hour to get results, and would rather do it on their own schedule. If this sounds like you, then at-home whitening might be the best option for your smile.

How does professional at-home whitening work?

The results you achieve will depend a lot more on you and how often you perform at-home whitening. Many patients enjoy taking a more active role in their whitening process. Your dentist in Elk Grove Village, IL will first need you to come into the office so we can make a mold of your teeth. This mold will help us create plastic, customized whitening trays for both your upper and lower teeth.

Once you get your trays you will place the whitening gel inside them and then place the trays over your teeth. Trays are usually worn for about one hour each night. What makes at-home whitening systems different from commercial products is that our system uses highly concentrated bleaching gels to get faster and more effective results.

How long will it take to get the results I need?

This will depend on the severity of your stains and how highly concentrated the whitener is. On average, those who are dealing with stains caused by exposure to certain foods and drinks who use a 10% peroxide bleaching gel for at least one hour a day will get 90 percent of their whitening results after about two weeks.

How can I maintain my results?

Most results will last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the severity of your condition and how well you maintain your results. One of the best ways to keep your brighter smile is to brush and floss your teeth each day and to maintain routine visits with your Elk Grove Village general dentist.

Besides that, there are also certain foods and drinks you should avoid:

  • Wine
  • Coffee and tea
  • Sports drinks
  • Soft drinks
  • Berries and dark fruit
  • Dark sauces and condiments

If you’re ready to get a whiter smile then it’s time to talk to your Elk Grove Village dentist about our whitening options. Call our office and get one step closer to that brilliant smile.