Chicago Family Dental Center
Gary Wegmann, DDS
Dentist located in The Loop, Chicago, IL
If your smile needs a touch-up, teeth whitening could be just the solution. In under an hour, you can leave the office with a whiter, brighter smile. Gary Wegmann, DDS, and the team of licensed denturists and dentists at Chicago Family Dental Center excel at teeth whitening treatments. Located in The Loop of Chicago, Illinois, the accomplished team can help you enhance your smile with both in-office procedures or take-home whitening kits. Book your consultation online or call today.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
What is teeth whitening?
From time to time, everyone’s smile needs a little pick-me-up. A teeth whitening with Dr. Wegmann and the Chicago Family Dental Center team may be just what you need. Teeth whitening is a non-invasive process that helps you achieve a whiter, healthier-looking smile in just one in-office visit or at home on your own schedule
Teeth whitening involves the use of a powerful bleaching agent applied to your teeth that breaks apart the concentration of stains, giving your teeth a whiter appearance. There are a host of over-the-counter teeth whitening options, but the safest and most effective options are professional in-office methods.
At Chicago Family Dental Center, the team uses the Philips Zoom!® teeth whitening treatment, which incorporates the highest strength bleaching agent available on the market that provides a noticeable difference on even the heaviest of tooth stains.
What causes tooth stains?
The most common cause for tooth stains and discoloration is wear and tear of the enamel, the outermost white layer of your teeth. However, another common reason is tooth-staining food and drinks you consume regularly. These include:
- Red wine
- Dark teas
- Pasta sauce
Tobacco use of any kind and even dental injuries can also lead to unwanted tooth stains.
How does teeth whitening work?
When it comes to whitening your teeth at Chicago Family Dental Center, you can either visit the practice for a quick, easy in-office procedure or use a take-home whitening kit and enhance your smile on your own time.
An in-office whitening procedure takes under an hour and brightens your smile by up to eight shades. Dr. Wegmann or one of his team members applies the whitening gel to your teeth. Then, they use a special LED whitening lamp to accelerate the results.
Alternatively, you can elect to use a take-home whitening kit. Dr. Wegmann will provide you with a detailed schedule and instructions on how to wear trays lined with the special whitening gel. With a take-home whitening kit, you can brighten your smile in just a few short weeks.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
In general, teeth whitening results should last 1-2 years, if not more. The key to maintaining results is brushing and flossing diligently and continuing to come into Chicago Family Dental Center for regular cleanings. Also, try to limit your intake of tooth-staining food and drinks.
When you notice your whitening results dulling, it may be time for a touchup. Call Chicago Family Dental Center or use the online booking tool and schedule your teeth whitening today.