June 25, 2017
By the time you read this, summer 2017 will officially be underway.
That means more sunshine during the day and more reasons to be out and doing things with your family and friends. We hope this gives you more reasons to smile, too, as you make new memories.
When you do, we hope your smile shines like the sun … and it can with professional teeth whitening from the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS.
For decades, our dentists have been helping families and individuals in and around Belleville, IL feel better about their smiles.
The Benefits Of Professional Teeth Whitening
We know it’s tempting to try the teeth whitening products you can find in the toothpaste aisle. They are easy to find, after all, and there are so many of them.
Yet, we also know that we’ve helped countless patients who came to us after they tried the store-bought products because they were disappointed with the results.
Professional teeth whitening has some important benefits that can help you. Here are some of those benefits:
▶ It is made to work for YOU!
Commercial teeth whitening products are meant to be used by everyone, which means they aren’t custom-fitted for your teeth. As part of our professional teeth whitening, we will create custom-fitted trays for you.
This helps distribute the whitening gel evenly so your smile looks white throughout rather than leaving you with a spotty white smile.
▶ You will have guidance from a dental professional.
One of the risks of using commercial whitening is that patients can be tempted to use them too often or too long. Overuse can increase teeth sensitivity, and it can cause long-term damage to your teeth.
By talking to one our dentists in Belleville, IL, first, we can discuss the correct way to use our whitening products. This can minimize the potential harm from overusing these products.
▶ Professional whitening products are more powerful.
If you needed to remove set-in stains from your driveway, would you prefer to use a pressure washer or your garden hose? With deep stains on your teeth, your question is whether you want to use professional whitening or commercial whitening?
Both can remove stains from your smile, but one will do this much more effectively. Since professional whitening products contain higher concentrations of bleaching agents, they can do more to clean up your smile when used correctly.
▶ We can let you know if whitening won’t work.
This may not seem like a benefit at first, but there is a reason the American Dental Association recommends talking to a dentist before you use any whitening products with a bleaching agent.
If you already have multiple fillings or dental crowns, whitening your teeth may be an exercise in futility. Likewise, whitening may not give you the results you want if your teeth are discolored due to worn-down enamel, illnesses or injuries.
If whitening is unlikely to work for you, we can discuss other services that could give you the bright, white smile you are seeking.
Two Reasons We Prefer Take-Home Whitening
Our professional take-home teeth whitening can be just as effective as the in-office whitening you can get some other places. Yes, it takes a little longer, but there are benefits to taking more time.
First and foremost, gradual whitening is less likely to cause the temporary teeth sensitivity that you can experience after in-office treatments.
Second, you can go at your own pace and on your own schedule. With take-home whitening, you don’t have to spend more time than necessary at a dentist office. As much as we enjoy seeing you, we also know that you would rather spend more time with your family and friends.
With take-home whitening, you can create your bright, white when it is convenient for you.
Other Options For Improving Your Smile
If you have a single discolored tooth, teeth whitening may not be the best way to deal with that particular problem. A dental crown could be a way to change the color while maintaining the full function of your tooth.
Dental bonding or tooth bonding is another effective way to improve the appearance of your smile. The bonding material is made to look like part of your natural teeth. It can be used as a stand-alone cosmetic treatment or along with teeth whitening to fix chipped, cracked, and worn-down teeth.
Ready To See Your New White Smile?
Then call 618-219-1412 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation at Dr. Feder’s dentist office in Belleville, IL today.