Although…most of us want a whiter smile. Teeth whitening services are the #1 request patients make of their dentists, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. A white smile builds confidence, says Dr. Dorothy Anasinski, D.D.S. of Dental Specialists of Niles, P.C. (http://www.dentalspecialistsofniles.com/)
“You can bet that trend will continue because many of us will soon be attending graduations, weddings and family reunions,” says Dr. Anasinski. “We’re more social in the summer.”
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel. It is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. The most popular method is a teeth whitening system that can be done at home, but such systems only work on natural tooth enamel. Also, improperly applied over-the-counter whitening systems (products) can cause irregular coloring in a smile.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is done by a dental professional, usually in two visits. He or she first examines the teeth to determine significant stain areas and overall tooth sensitivity. The dentist will make impressions (molds) of your teeth to make custom, plastic trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays and, if necessary, the dentist will adjust them to make the trays fit properly.
You must fill the trays with special whitening solution either twice daily for 30 minutes or overnight for two weeks, depending on the severity of the stains and the whiteness you desire. Your teeth will be sensitive during the whitening process, but that sensitivity will subside soon after you stop bleaching.
“Teeth whitening is a simple, painless process,” says Dr. Anasinski, who is also an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois. “And patients love the results. Their new smiles make them feel younger, more confident.”
She even offers a half-price spring teeth whitening special through the end of this month.
Remember: You must visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile. Teeth whitening is not permanent. After several years, a touch-up might be needed. You will need a touch-up more often if you smoke or drink coffee, tea or wine.
Sue Voyles, Logos Communications, Inc. 734-667-2005
Dan Hubbert, Logos Communications, Inc. 313-400-2999