The best and worst options for whitening your teeth in Chicago

Teeth Whitening with Woman SmileTeeth whitening is a safe, fast, and economical way to improve the appearance of your smile. In a matter of days, or even minutes, stains can disappear and the overall color of teeth can be lightened by many shades. Yes, teeth whitening is just as great as it sounds, but don't be fooled into thinking that it's as simple as it sounds. You have many, many options to choose from – some of them are great, and some aren't. Here's a quick breakdown of the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.

DIY whitening

You will see all kinds of do-it-yourself home remedies. The best of these ideas, like brushing with baking soda, may help keep your teeth sparkling clean, but they aren't going to bleach anything. However, some "tips and tricks" can be harmful to your teeth, gums, or overall health. For example, lemon juice is known for its bleaching abilities, but it is also an acid, which means it is destructive to tooth enamel. If you decide to try home remedies, don't expect dramatic results, and please check with your dentist to make sure they are safe.

Off the shelf

The next category of whiteners is commercial products, which are available just about everywhere you shop. Like home remedies, the safety and results can vary. Because these products are used without professional supervision, they are much weaker than professional formulas. Therefore, results take longer and are less impressive.

Go for pro

Professional teeth whitening, from your dentist, is considered the safest, and most effective option. Of course, there are a lot of brands and techniques used in dental offices as well. How do you go about choosing the best one? The simple answer is choose the best dentist. At Big Smile Dental, we offer you many choices, including the most popular and effective in-office and take-home whitening systems. However, we simply refuse to offer a bad choice.

When quality counts, you can count on Big Smile Dental. Call us at 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment today.


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