The pressure to have a bright white smile is real. It is unfortunate that some people may judge you if your teeth don’t look movie-star great, but even worse is when you don’t feel happy with the way that you look when you open your mouth. If you have tried whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter teeth whitening kits and you haven’t gotten the results you want to see, there is a way to improve your smile quickly — Zoom teeth whitening at Library Plaza Dental Center in Des Plaines.

In today’s blog entry, we are going to discuss why over-the counter whitening usually doesn’t work as well as in-office treatments, and we will provide you with some information about Zoom teeth whitening. When you need to see a dentist, call our office. We have years of experience and training, and we are up to date on the most innovative and effective treatments. Call us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

How Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Works

Over-the-counter whitening products can be divided into one of two categories — abrasive whitening and carbamide or hydrogen peroxide whitening.

Whitening toothpaste is a combination of both kinds. Like regular toothpaste, it contains some abrasives that work to remove built up plaque that can discolor your teeth, and a small concentration of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide provides more whitening power.

Carbamide or hydrogen peroxide treatments can take a number of forms, including gels, trays, and strips. While professional, in-office treatments use the same substances, over-the-counter versions usually have weaker concentrations, which means that they take longer and may be less effective when compared to professional whitening done at the dentist’s office.

What Makes In-Office Teeth Whitening More Effective

In-office teeth whitening is usually much faster and more effective than treatments you get at the store for several reasons. First, the concentrations of active ingredients (hydrogen peroxide and carbamide) in professional teeth whitening treatments are higher. Higher concentrations mean better results in a shorter period of time. Second, your dentist has access to specialized technology that improves the performance of these compounds that are just not available with over-the counter options.

Having a dentist examine your teeth and apply whitening treatments also means that you are less likely to experience sensitivity even with faster results and stronger concentrations. If you want to use a take-home kit, our team can create custom molds that will allow for better results.

At Library Plaza Dental Center, our staff has the training and experience needed to make teeth whitening treatments as fast and easy as possible. Contact us now to learn more about Zoom teeth whitening or to set up an appointment for a consultation or treatment. If you want more in-depth information, you can also check out our Zoom whitening page.

Our office is proud to provide residents of Des Plaines with the highest quality dental care. From preventative dentistry to the latest cosmetic procedures, we can help you take care of, or improve, your oral health. Give us a call to learn about the dental services we offer.