Tooth Whitening

The color of our teeth can be a source of embarrassment for many people. Enamel stains, whether they are from exposure to certain foods, trauma, or simple genetics, can be treated with the help of professional whitening.Whitening is categorized as any process that makes teeth appear whiter, and there are several products available, both over-the-counter and through a dentist, to do just that.

At Home or In-Office? The Differences Between Teeth Whitening Options

The two major groups of teeth whitening products are chemical-containing whiteners or bleaching products, and whitening toothpastes. Whiteners that contain chemicals or bleaching products remove deep stains as well as stains at the surface. Whitening toothpastes are non-bleaching and work on a physical reaction, resulting in only the removal of surface stains.

Within each group there are various types of whitening products you can use.  One of those options is whitening toothpaste, a bleach-free choice. However, whitening toothpaste will be effective in cleaning surface stains only, and won’t get teeth as white as an alternative, deep bleaching method.

A more effective option than whitening toothpaste is using bleaching whiteners.  The most effective “At-Home” bleaching whiteners are dispensed by dentists for use at home. Take-home kits contain a higher concentration of whitening agents than over-the-counter products, and will therefore, be more effective in whitening teeth.

Dr. Smunt’s Whitening Club

Dr. Smunt’s Whitening Club is the most predictable approach to whitening for ages 14 and older!  Whitening Club Members receive:

  • Professional Strength Whitening Gel, Custom Trays, and Tray Storage Case.
  • In addition to the above, members will receive FREE Whitening Gel twice a year at the semi-annual preventive care appointment provided that eligibility is maintained.
  • Additional Whitening Gel Syringes may be purchased at a discounted fee, $35.00, provided that eligibility is maintained.

Learn more about Dr. Smunt’s Whitening Club.

In-office Whitening

In-office whitening is the fastest form of teeth whitening available today. Many in-office whitening options use the active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, at a stronger concentration, and is only applied by a licensed dental professional. To protect oral soft tissue during the procedure, cheek and tissue barriers are applied. Through the use of a light, laser, or chemical activator, the whitening process is accelerated for immediate results.  Teeth whitening appointments typically last about an hour.

Don’t let discolored teeth embarrass you any longer!  Call Dr. Steven Smunt today, at (630) 377-5395, to learn more about how he can help whiten your teeth.