Request Request an Appointment Forms Complete Our Forms Find Us Like Us on Facebook Reviews Leave a Google Review Call Map
Request an Appointment

Teeth Whitening – Lisle, IL

We Can Brighten Your Smile

young woman pointing to her smile after getting teeth whitening in Lisle

First on the list of almost every patient who visits Arbor Dental Care for cosmetic treatment - a brighter smile! If you’d like to brighten your teeth, your dentist in Lisle offers both in-office and at-home treatment options. If you’re ready to get started, give our team a call. We’ll schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation to evaluate your current smile and create a plan to help you reach your smile whitening goals.

Types of Tooth Stains

woman closing her eyes and smiling in the sunset

There are essentially two kinds of tooth stains: extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic stains develop on the surface of the teeth. They typically form as a result of smoking/chewing tobacco or frequently consuming foods and drinks that discolor enamel, such as coffee, wine, berries, and darkly pigmented sauces. These stains can often be removed with regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings, but if they are more significant, they will require professional whitening to correct.

Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, are more severe, occurring beneath the surface of the teeth. They can be the result of trauma, overuse of certain medications, too much fluoride consumption during childhood, or erosion/thinning of the enamel. While even whitening toothpastes might not be effective at blasting away these stains, our whitening treatment definitely can be.

How Our Take-Home Whitening Trays Work

before and after teeth whitening

Unlike the store-bought varieties, our at-home teeth whitening kits use professional grade whitening gel and custom crafted application trays. This means the higher doses of whitener remain in place and active on the surfaces of teeth for a significantly longer time. The treatment process is entirely customized to meet patients’ unique goals. In most cases, patients begin to notice improvement right away, and they achieve their desired result after about two weeks of daily application. Of course, store-bought kits can come in handy for quick touchups in between or slight shade adjustments.

How to Make Your Results Last

man in white dress shirt holding magnifying glass to his smile

While not even our professional teeth whitening treatment is designed to last forever, there are certain things you can do to extend the lifespan of your results as long as possible. Here are a few tips to keep you smiling bright:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, and use a whitening toothpaste at least once or twice a week.
  • Floss at least once daily to prevent plaque from accumulating between your teeth and contributing to yellow stains.
  • Attend a dental checkup and cleaning with us twice a year, or every six months. Regular cleanings remove surface stains before they can settle deep within the enamel.
  • If you currently smoke or chew tobacco, we urge you to consider quitting.
  • Limit your consumption of staining foods and drinks. Brush your teeth or rinse with water after eating/drinking these items.
  • Sip staining liquids through a straw to minimize direct exposure to your teeth.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

Here are some questions we are asked regularly, along with our responses. Do you have more questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!

Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

The vast majority of patients do not experience any tooth sensitivity as a result of professional whitening treatment. The take-home solution is much more powerful than what you’ll find at the store, but it does not damage or impair your enamel—it only bleaches the stains, allowing your white enamel to shine through. If by chance you do experience some sensitivity after treatment, you should use a toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitivity. Also, tell us at your next checkup and cleaning, and we can give you a fluoride treatment to reinforce your enamel.

How Often Will I Need to Re-Whiten My Teeth?

Timing will vary from patient to patient, but professional whitening usually needs to be redone about every three years. At that point, stains can start to dim the brilliance of your smile. Again, the lifespan of your results will be affected by how well you take care of your teeth in between treatments. During your checkups, we’ll make sure you’re still happy with your coloration and remove surface stains with a thorough cleaning. If you ever wish to revitalize your brightness, we can provide another round of treatment.

Are DIY Whitening Hacks Safe?

The internet is replete with influencers who rave about whitening hacks, but not all of them are effective or even safe. For instance, some of them, like activated charcoal, can permanently damage your enamel. Even overusing whitening toothpastes can wear down the protective shield for your teeth, leading to greater sensitivity. The best alternative is to go with professionally supervised and prescribed treatment. Not only will you achieve more remarkable results, but you’ll also keep your smile safe throughout the process.

Am I a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

In order to get our take-home whitening kits, we need to make sure you qualify for treatment. The requirement is simple: you need to have healthy teeth and gums. That’s it! If you have a cavity, gum disease, or another problem, we will need to fix it first. Teeth whitening treatment on an unhealthy smile only leads to more damage or pain, which is why we screen for these issues during your consultation. As long as you meet this standard, you should be good to go on whitening.