Your smile is one of the first things a person will notice. If you have stained, dull, or discolored teeth, teeth whitening from The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry in Skokie, IL, may be a great treatment option for you.
Professional Teeth Whitening Benefits
Healthy teeth are vital to improving your quality of life and overall well-being. But it’s normal to desire more than just healthy teeth and gums. Our teeth are visible when speaking, smiling, and eating. A beautiful smile can help improve confidence and make a better first impression.
Drs. Stein and Weiss offer a range of cosmetic dental services to help patients improve their smile aesthetics. Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and most affordable cosmetic services we offer. Our whitening products are approved by the American Dental Association and safe on enamel. Yet professional teeth whitening can deliver powerful results; our at-home and in-office whitening kits lighten your smile up to eight shades whiter.
Causes for Tooth Stains
Even healthy teeth discolor over time. So what causes stained teeth?
- Genetics: Certain people’s teeth are more predisposed to staining from genetic factors or certain defects.
- Certain antibiotics: The antibiotic tetracycline causes deep discoloration in teeth if used before the age of 8.
- Tobacco products: Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco contain nicotine which yellows teeth. While nicotine is colorless on its own, when combined with oxygen it turns yellow and is absorbed by tooth enamel.
- Food and drinks: Richly-colored drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine can stain teeth over an extended period of time. Certain pigments from foods like tomato sauces or soy sauce can also be absorbed by enamel. Drinking a glass of water after each meal will help to dilute any leftover food or drink particles that are responsible for surface stains.
- Age: As people age, tooth enamel is slowly eroded away, revealing the deeper tooth layers called dentin. Dentin is naturally darker than enamel and often produces the discoloration people notice as they get older.
Teeth Whitening Candidates
Before recommending whitening, we will carefully evaluate your smile. Patients must have healthy teeth and gums before receiving cosmetic treatments like professional whitening. And, it’s important to ensure your teeth will respond to the whitening agents used in our kits. To determine this, Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss look at the type of stains present in your teeth:
- Extrinsic Stains: stains on the outer layers of enamel, or surface stains.
- Intrinsic Stains: stains penetrating the deeper layers of the tooth.
Extrinsic stains, like those from food and drink, respond well to teeth whitening. Intrinsic stains, from genetic factors or antibiotics, are more effectively treated through porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
Restorations visible in the smile, such as dental crowns, fillings, or dental bonding can also affect the uniformity of the whitening process. If you have several restorations visible in your smile, Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss may suggest another cosmetic procedure — such as porcelain veneers — to help you achieve the whiter smile you desire.
A Whiter Smile in Just One Visit
If you’re ready for a camera-ready smile, consider professional teeth whitening. We offer several treatment options to fit your lifestyle. Contact The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry for more information or to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.