The Dangers Of DIY Teeth Whitening

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A GOOD-LOOKING SMILE with white, even teeth is a major confidence booster and really helps make a good first impression, whether you’re going on a date or sitting down for a job interview. The widespread desire for whiter teeth in today’s society, combined with internet culture, has given rise to a number of popular do-it-yourself teeth whitening methods. While these might seem like great life-hacks to try, many of them can actually do serious damage to our teeth.

Common DIY Whitening Trends

Over the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard about some of these trendy teeth whitening approaches, such as activated charcoal, lemon juice, and oil pulling. Oil pulling is an ancient folk remedy, but there is no scientific evidence to back up the claims about its health benefits. Lemon juice is absolutely a bad idea, because you’re essentially applying a strong acid directly to your teeth. Tooth enamel is highly vulnerable to acid, and enamel loss is permanent.

Activated charcoal might be able to absorb stains and toxins, but those benefits are debatable when it comes to teeth, because charcoal is also abrasive, so it could be scraping away enamel even as it removes stains. Hold off on buying that tube of charcoal toothpaste until you see the ADA Seal of Acceptance, and definitely don’t mix up your own.

What About Peroxide And Baking Soda?

Another recent DIY whitening trend is using the baking soda in the pantry and the hydrogen peroxide in the medicine cabinet to bleach teeth. The reasoning behind this idea is that hydrogen peroxide is used in professional whitening and baking soda is present in many ADA approved whitening toothpastes, and both proven to be effective at removing stains.

While it is true that peroxide and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) are used in professional and approved whitening products, that doesn’t mean these are safe chemicals to apply to our teeth however we want. There is a delicate balance between using too little, which won’t produce much of a whitening effect, and using too much, which can damage the enamel and the soft tissues of the mouth. Only dental professionals have the knowledge, training, and materials needed to strike that balance.


Come To The Right Place For Whitening

Your teeth will thank you if you put your trust in dental professionals for your whitening needs rather than trying something risky at home, so bring your teeth whitening questions with you to your next appointment. Together, we can make a plan for how best to whiten your smile. In the meantime, the best things you can do to keep your smile healthy and bright are to keep up with your daily brushing and flossing habits, avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, and don’t smoke.

We’re here to help you get the smile of your dreams!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Preparing Your Smile For The Big Day

park ridge family dentistYOU’VE DREAMED OF THIS day your whole life. You have the ring and the fiancé, the planning is going well, and you’re down to the last few details. Bridals are coming up, and then the wedding itself. You realize there’s something you need to do before you have hundreds of pictures taken of you: perfect your smile!

Whitening: Home Versus Professional

When it comes to teeth whitening, strips, toothpastes, and rinses are the most cost-effective options. They’re cheap and you can do them yourself, but the results won’t be as good as with professional whitening. It’s critical to start the whitening strips at least one to two weeks in advance, and at least a month in advance if you go with toothpastes and rinses.

Another option is take-home custom whitening trays. These trays do cost more, but they result in better whitening as long as you follow the instructions carefully. We recommend starting whitening trays about one month before the wedding or any important photoshoots.

The highest quality, safest, and fastest route you could choose is Zoom! One-hour professional whitening. Whitening sessions will take place at the dental office and can be pricier than take-home options, but the great results are worth it! It is the fastest way to your whitest white.

Straightening That Smile

Whitening alone will make a beautiful difference to any smile, but sometimes there are other issues to take care of before the big day, such as orthodontics. Orthodontic appliances can be expensive, but the results are life-changing. Having straight teeth and a healthy bite are a huge confidence-booster, in addition to providing health benefits and looking great.

Unlike whitening, which can be done in the last couple of months leading up to the wedding, braces or invisible aligners generally require at least a year, so don’t wait too long to schedule a consultation if you hear wedding bells in your future!

Repairs For Chips And Cavities

One of the factors that determines our oral health is genetics. Unfortunately, that means that sometimes, even the most diligent brushing, flossing, and avoidance of sugary treats aren’t enough to keep cavities at bay. And even when we’re being careful, accidents happen, and a tooth might end up chipped.

If you find yourself facing one of these setbacks before your wedding, veneers and bonding are both great options to consider. Veneers are color-matched to blend in with your natural teeth, resulting in a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

Tooth bonding is a process that covers damaged or discolored teeth with plastic resin. These don’t last as long as veneers, but they can be applied in just one visit. On the other hand, it takes one or two weeks after taking the impression of your teeth to receive your custom veneers.

You can see real patient results on our website in the smile gallery.

We’re Here To Help Make Your Special Day Perfect!

We know how hectic it can be to plan a wedding, so we want to make things easier for you by helping you prepare your smile. Whether that’s as simple as a regular cleaning appointment or something more involved, you can count on our practice!

Wishing our patients all the happiness in the world!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Get Your Dream Smile With Zoom Whitening

teeth whitening park ridgeYOUR SMILE IS ONE OF THE FIRST things people notice about you. Make your smile something to feel good about with Philips Zoom Whitening, the number one patient-requested professional whitening brand in the United States!

You Are Our Priority

Every smile is different and while there are many ways to whiten your teeth, be sure to consult with us so we can determine the best method for you.

How Does Zoom Whitening Work?

Our Zoom Whitening system helps your teeth get up to eight shades whiter in as little as 45 minutes!

Zoom in-office tooth whitening is a procedure designed to lighten the color of teeth using a combination of hydrogen peroxide gel and a specifically designed LED light. The Zoom treatment involves using a the gel and the LED lamp in conjunction with each other to produce maximum whitening results in the shortest possible time. During the procedure, the whitening gel will be applied to a patient’s teeth and exposed to the LED light for 3 or 4, 15 minutes sessions. The optional fourth session is for those with dark stains. During the entire treatment a plastic retractor will be placed in the mouth to help keep the patient open and the soft tissue in his or her mouth (i.e., lips, gums, cheeks, tongue) will be covered to ensure it is not exposed to either the gel or the light. The patient will also wear LED light filtered glasses during the appointment for eye protection. After the treatment is completed, the retractor and all gel and tissue covering will be removed from the patient’s mouth. Before and after treatment, the shade of upper-front teeth will be assessed and recorded.

Your Smile, Your Way

With increasing demands on your time, we know that it’s important to have whitening options that fit your schedule, budget and lifestyle. Philips Zoom Whitening provides fast results.
Intensity settings allow us to make adjustments for patients who may experience sensitivity during whitening. The Zoom system also includes desensitizers to minimize sensitivity and protect tooth enamel, giving you a safe, personalized whitening experience.

Zoom Whitening Success Stories

teeth whitening park ridge dentist in park ridgeThese are Zoom before and after photos taken at Davis & Engert Dentistry; they showcase the great success we have had with in-office Zoom whitening. Many of our patients leave with more confidence in their smiles! One patient said, “I never thought my teeth could actually be this white, I don’t have to be embarrassed anymore.”

The Safest And Most Effective Way To Brighten Your Smile

You are our priority here at Davis & Engert Dentistry. Our team is dedicated to making your smile the best it can be! Philips Zoom Whitening is the safest and most effective way to get that whiter smile you’ve been dreaming of. And guess what? It only takes one hour. Call or come in today to ask us about Zoom!

For information an additional whitening option, watch this video or give us a call!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Teeth Whitening: An Effective Way to Improve Your Smile

Teeth whitening may be a great option if you who have stained, dull or discolored teeth. The main causes of stained teeth are genetics, antibiotics, tobacco and certain foods. As we age, our teeth darken as well.

Our dental team is devoted to helping you achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. If you are considering teeth whitening, contact Davis & Engert Dentistry for a consultation.

Arlene Engert DDS