A smile has a special quality that allows us to communicate all kinds of positive emotions without saying a word. However, if you feel the need to hide your smile due to stains and discoloration, others may interpret this as hostility, unhappiness, or even snobbery. Luckily, no one is doomed to live with an unattractive smile, thanks to the wonders of modern cosmetic dentistry. At Big Smile Dental, we offer several teeth whitening options to help your smile see the light.
Safe and gentle
Many people have concerns about the safety of teeth whitening. Research has repeatedly shown that dental bleaches do not harm tooth enamel. However, they can cause irritation to soft tissues in your mouth. That really isn't a problem when you visit our office, because you don't want to bleach your gums, tongue, or the roof of your mouth anyway, so we cover those areas. If you buy a do-it-yourself kit from the drugstore with a poorly fitting tray, you are likely to bleach your whole mouth whether you want to or not, so be careful.
Although the safety of professional whitening isn't a concern, the comfort may be a different story. Some people have no issues at all with powerful bleaching products, but others experience zingers (minor, sharp pains) during treatment or increased sensitivity after treatment. These effects are harmless but unpleasant, and some bleaches contain special ingredients to reduce or eliminate such side effects. If you are prone to tooth sensitivity, be sure to tell us. We will customize your treatment for optimal comfort and effectiveness.
So, how well does professional teeth whitening work? The best way to find out is try it and see for yourself, when you look in the mirror. Professional in-office teeth whitening can brighten teeth by as much as six to ten shades, sometimes even more, in just one appointment. At-home treatment takes a bit longer, lightening teeth gradually with daily use. However, after a week or two (average), the results are just as impressive. With custom-made trays and detailed instructions, the soft tissues in your mouth are fully protected during treatment. We will help you choose the best method and brand, based on your individual requirements.
Your smile is our business, and we want to see it shine! Call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400 to learn more about how we can help you reveal your brightest, whitest smile.