The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
By Scott Szatkowski D.D.S.
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Professional Teeth WhiteningHave you heard of teeth whitening? Supervised by your Elk Grove Village dentist, Dr. Scott Szarkowski, this popular cosmetic service boosts self-esteem and gives your smile a great "Wow!" factor. Could teeth whitening help you look and feel your best? Find out more here!

Why do teeth stain?

Many factors contribute to tooth color, including heredity, how well you brush and floss, and what you put in your mouth. Do you like your daily coffee? Do you smoke? Over time, these things dull and yellow tooth enamel, and while drugstore whitening rinses and toothpaste are available, they cannot brighten deeply discolored teeth. Additionally, some whitening products are unsafe for your gums and other soft oral tissues.

Professional teeth whitening

We here at Dr. Szarkowski's Elk Grove and Montrose Park practices work hard to render the best preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services to every patient who walks through our doors. We understand that smile appearance impacts how a person is perceived professionally and socially. In-office or at-home whitening presents an easy, safe, economical, and quick fix to tooth color problems from:

  • Simple aging
  • Some prescription drugs, such as antibiotics and antihistamines
  • Dark foods such as blueberries, balsamic vinegar, and curry
  • Dark beverages such as coffee, tea, and sports drinks
  • Acidic foods (which soften enamel) such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits
  • Smokeless tobacco
  • Cigarettes

Teeth whitening lasts

You may need touch-ups occasionally. However, with good oral hygiene at home and professional cleanings with Dr. Szatkowski, your smile will indefinitely dazzle you and those around you. Be careful what you eat and drink, though, and stay well-hydrated to wash tooth surfaces and increase your supply of beneficial saliva. If you are a smoker, you should also use your bright smile to motivate you toward quitting the habit.

Find out more

If you'd like to feel more confident when you smile, look into professional teeth whitening! Dr. Szatkowski would be happy to explain the process to you so that you make an informed decision. Call one of his convenient offices today for a whitening consultation—for Elk Grove Village, call (847) 437-8366, or for the Montrose Park location, phone (708) 450-4533.