With so many different ways to keep your teeth clean and bright, it is easy to get overwhelmed or to not understand how one process works when compared to another. In today’s blog post, we’ll talk about over-the-counter whitening options and professional teeth whitening from the skilled and experienced dentists at Library Plaza Dental Center in Des Plaines.

At Library Plaza Dental, we always put our patients’ needs first. When you choose us as your dentist, we will do everything possible to maintain or improve your oral health. Whether you want to have us look at your teeth to make sure you don’t have any cavities, or you are interested in learning more about our cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, or dental implants, we look forward to helping you. Contact our office today to set up an appointment.

Why Aren’t My Teeth White?

As we age, it is natural for our teeth to become less and less white. Everything from our diet, the things we drink, the medications we take, and other health issues can contribute to your teeth changing color. For example, coffee and wine can stain your teeth, making them appear darker over time. The accumulation of food and drink in your mouth creates a film, called a pellicle layer, on top of your enamel. Regular brushing and teeth cleaning visits help to remove some of that pellicle layer, but without dedicated whitening, your teeth will never be as bright and white as they once were. Don’t fret, though — the pellicle layer is a good thing. It helps protect your teeth from acids and other substances that can damage your teeth.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

At the most basic level, teeth whitening works by removing or changing the color of the pellicle layer or accumulated plaque. Depending on which treatment you choose, the mechanism will be different. For example, most over-the-counter treatments are either a mild abrasive or a mild “bleaching” solution that contains hydrogen peroxide along with several other compounds.

Should I Get My Teeth Whitened?

If your teeth are in good shape and you brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly, you may never need additional teeth whitening. But if you just aren’t happy with the way that your smile looks, we can help.

At Library Plaza Dental Center, we offer Zoom teeth whitening. Zoom is some of the most advanced whitening technology that doesn’t require any painful abrasives. Zoom tooth whitening is a specially developed whitening method that can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter in just 45 minutes (when you choose the WhiteSpeed in-office treatment). If you don’t need that much whitening, there is another excellent in-office Zoom treatment that can be completed in around a half an hour that will leave you with visibly whiter teeth.

If you don’t need your teeth to be whitened that quickly, we can also create custom-molded, take-home trays that offer great results without having to visit the office as regularly.

Give our Des Plaines dental clinic a call today to learn more about your Zoom teeth whitening options or find more info about teeth whitening here.