Wauconda Dental Excellence
Manuel Rodriguez, DDS
General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Wauconda, IL
Teeth whitening done in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. At Wauconda Dental Excellence, cosmetic dentist Dr. Manuel J. Rodriguez can help you lighten your teeth 3-8 shades in just one hour. If you live in Wauconda, Illinois or the surrounding area, call the office or use the online booking agent to set up a consultation.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
What causes tooth discoloration?
Your teeth naturally yellow as you age. The enamel on the outside of your teeth thins, so the darker dentin inside your teeth shows through. Other causes of yellowing teeth include:
- Certain foods and drinks, including red wine, coffee, and black tea
- Excessive fluoride in childhood
Stained and aging teeth respond well to professional whitening procedures. Teeth discolored due to trauma, fluoride, or other causes may require another cosmetic treatment such as veneers.
Why should I choose professional teeth whitening?
Professionally supervised teeth whitening works faster than over-the-counter pastes and strips, and it protects sensitive gums and tooth root surfaces more effectively.
Dr. Rodriguez can also provide a comprehensive oral exam before the whitening process. Doing so ensures that your discoloration will react well to a whitening procedure and isn’t the result of another dental condition that needs treatment.
What are my professional teeth whitening options?
At Wauconda Dental Excellence, you have the choice of in-office whitening or take-home whitening trays.
In-office teeth whitening
In-office whitening provides the fastest results. The technician covers your gums and tooth root surfaces with a protective barrier and places a retractor into your mouth that holds your lips and cheeks away from your teeth. They then apply a professional strength hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth; it’s left in place for about one hour. When rinsed, your teeth will be 3-8 shades whiter.
At-home teeth whitening
Dr. Rodriguez takes a mold of your teeth to create trays that hold the GLO Science Pro whitening solution. You take these trays home and use them to apply the whitening solution yourself (about an hour a day for several weeks). The solution is less concentrated than the one used during in-office sessions, so it takes longer to see results.
How do I care for newly whitened teeth?
Keep your teeth as white as possible after your treatment by maintaining good oral hygiene habits, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings. Avoid stain-causing foods, such as red wine and coffee, and tobacco. You may benefit from a touch-up every year or two to help you maintain your white smile.
Get a smile you can’t wait to flash! Call Wauconda Dental Excellence for professional teeth whitening treatment today, or book an appointment online.