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Could your smile stand a little improvement? Teeth whitening offers a simple, inexpensive way to boost your smile. The Naperville, IL, dentists at Dental Pointe answer a few questions about teeth whitening treatment.
Will whitening help my smile?
Teeth whitening is an excellent choice if your tooth enamel has become dull and stained. Some degree of staining is almost inevitable, no matter how well you care for your teeth. Although tooth enamel naturally becomes duller as you age, you may be unwittingly hastening the process. If you're a smoker, or you eat or drink foods and beverages that contain dark pigments, you're at greater risk for dull, stained teeth. Common food and beverage culprits include berries, soy sauce, popsicles, brightly colored candies, coffee, tea, wine and cola.
Luckily, teeth whitening treatment in our Naperville office can remove stains that affect tooth enamel. Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in both over-the-counter and professional whiteners, penetrates tiny pores in your enamel and breaks apart the pigments, leaving your smile whiter.
Is over-the-counter or professional whitening best?
Both types of whitening can lighten your teeth, but professional whitening offers several advantages. Because professional whiteners contain stronger concentrations of hydrogen peroxide than drugstore whiteners, professional whitening results are quicker and more dramatic. In fact, most people notice a three- to eight-shade difference after a single one-hour professional whitening session. At-home professional whitening takes a little longer, but also offers impressive results.
Before your teeth are whitened, they'll be examined and cleaned thoroughly. The exam is particularly important because it can detect dental problems that may be responsible for the changes in the color in your teeth. If you do have a dental issue, it's important to treat it before proceeding with whitening. Cleaning removes plaque and tartar, substances that aren't affected by whiteners. If plaque and tartar remain on teeth when the hydrogen peroxide gel is applied, they'll look mottled or speckled following treatment.
Sensitivity can occur if the hydrogen peroxide touches your gums or roots. Before your professional whitening session begins, a protective gel will be applied to your roots. During the session, small retractors will be used to prevent your lips and cheeks from coming in contact with the whitener. After just 60 minutes, the whitening gel will be removed to reveal a whiter smile.
Are you ready to brighten your smile? Call the Naperville, IL, dentists at Dental Pointe at (630) 333-9571 to schedule your appointment.
Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing could be warning you that you might need oral surgery.
Sure, no one wants to think about needing to have a permanent tooth removed. After all, once baby teeth fall out and your permanent teeth come in, you don’t really even think about the fact that adult teeth may have to come out at some point. Of course, there are some scenarios in which our Naperville, IL, dentists may recommend a tooth extraction. You may need a tooth extraction if:
You have impacted wisdom teeth
More often then not, this third set of molars that come in around your late teens won’t come in properly or may end up causing issues for surrounding teeth if they aren’t removed. Luckily, you don’t need these molars at all. We will run x-rays once a year to see how wisdom teeth are progressing and whether they need to be extracted. If the teeth are impacted, which means that they don’t fully erupt through the gums, then you will need to undergo minor oral surgery to have these molars removed.
You have sustained severe damage to a tooth
If a tooth has become severely cracked where the crack runs all the way under the gums, then sadly the tooth won’t be able to be saved. Teeth that have sustained severe damage due to a fall or sports injury that are so weak that even placing a dental crown over them won’t provide the full protection it needs means that it’s better to have the tooth removed and then replace with an artificial tooth replacement like a dental bridge or implant.
You have severe gum disease
If you don’t come in for routine cleanings and exams then it’s easy to not even notice that you could have gum disease. Untreated gum disease can lead to some pretty serious complications. As these pockets of infection within the gums get bigger the gums recede and pull away from the teeth.
Over time, this leads to loose teeth that may fall off or may need to be removed. By coming in for routine cleanings we will be able to detect gum disease and treat the problem before serious complications occur.
You need to get orthodontic treatment for crowding
If your teeth are overlapping each other, then our Naperville, IL family dentist may advise you to strongly consider getting braces to fix the problem. Of course, if crowding is serious enough, one or two back teeth may need to be removed prior to placing your braces in order to make your orthodontic treatment more efficient and effective. While this isn’t always necessary, if your crowding is severe then having teeth pulled may be the best option.
Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, offers a comprehensive range of oral surgery services to meet you and your family’s needs. If you are experiencing dental pain or other problems, turn to the experts who can provide you with gentle, compassionate care. Call us today!
Discover the telltale signs that something is wrong with a tooth.
Sure, we know that not everyone will experience dental symptoms even when there is a problem brewing. This is why those six-month visits with one of our Naperville, IL, dentists is key for everyone, even those who think their teeth and gums are healthy.
These measures could go a long way for preventing problems or catching them during their earliest stages. Of course, you may notice problems or symptoms along the way and it’s important to know when to come in for immediate care.
What are some signs that you may need a root canal?
Everyone experience symptoms differently, but the telltale sign that a root canal may be needed is a toothache. A toothache is your mouth’s way of letting you know that something is not right. A toothache rarely happens without a reason and this pain typically will not go away on its own.
Dental pain is considered a dental emergency, which is why you should always visit our Naperville, IL, general dentists right away if you experience a toothache of any kind. While this symptom may not always be indicative of needing a root canal, it is a common symptom.
There isn’t one form of pain that is more likely to signal that you need a root canal. Pain can manifest itself in many forms, from minimal to severe. It might just be an occasional annoyance or the pain may last all day long and keep you up at night. Pain may only come about or get worse when chewing.
Either way, pain isn’t something you should ignore. If the dental pulp is indeed infected or inflamed, it will need to be removed. Luckily, most teeth are preserved thanks to root canal treatment. Plus, this endodontic procedure will eliminate the source of the pain (goodbye toothache!). If your pain is also accompanied by lingering tooth sensitivity, an abscess or sore gums then it’s time to give us a call.
When in doubt, turn to Dental Pointe Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in Naperville, IL, to get the answers you want about your oral health. Whether you are dealing with a dental emergency like a toothache or you just need to schedule your routine cleaning, we are here to make sure you get the care your smile needs.
Do you want to give your entire smile a makeover it won’t soon forget?
While we can’t all be lucky enough to have the ideal smile, this doesn’t mean that our Naperville, IL, dentists, Dr. Rani Seeth and Dr. Rachel George and Dr. Tabasam Akbar, can’t help make this possible. There are so many amazing cosmetic enhancements from which to choose when you come into our office. If you want to make minor to more serious aesthetic adjustments to the shape, size or color of your smile, it’s time you turned to dental veneers to get the smile you want.
Are you looking for a cosmetic restoration that will enhance your smile and change the way it looks? If you said “yes” then dental veneers may be the right choice. Veneers offer a simple and convenient way to revamp how your smile looks. While they won’t be able to solve all dental problems, it is a great way to change the overall color, shape and length of a tooth.
Some issues that dental veneers can mask include:
- Fractures, breaks and chips
- Poorly formed or misshapen teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor crowding or misalignments
- Uneven teeth
- Worn teeth (from teeth grinding)
When you get dental veneers in Naperville, they instantly brighten your smile, fix minor crookedness and improve the overall shape. Hate that teeth aren’t perfectly straight but don’t feel like it’s worth it to wear braces for months on end just to make these minor changes? If so, then dental veneers can easily reshape and realign your smile.
What are dental veneers?
These restorations are made from thin layers of porcelain. They are extremely durable and provide additional protection for your tooth. These porcelain shells are adhered to the front of one or more teeth to improve its appearance. Each veneer is specially crafted to fit your teeth and veneers even offer a high translucency so that they reflect light in the same way as natural teeth. No one will even know that you have veneers.
Don’t dental veneers sound like an amazing way to boost the appearance of your smile for life? Here at Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, we pride ourselves on providing only the best when it comes to the dental care you receive. If you want to get dental veneers then call us today to schedule your no-risk consultation.
Would you like a brighter smile? Naperville, IL, dentists - Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Rachel George and Dr. Tabasam Akbar - at Dental Pointe explain how teeth whitening can transform your smile.
How does whitening work?
Teeth whitening is very effective at removing extrinsic stains that dull your tooth enamel. Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in teeth whitening agents, bleaches stained enamel, leaving you with a brighter smile. In fact, many people notice a three- to eight-shade improvement after just one treatment session.
What whitening options are available?
If you're considering whitening, you have three choices:
- Over-The-Counter Products: Over-the-counter whitening gels, liquids, trays and strips can be effective at lightening teeth, but you'll need to use the products for weeks or months to see a difference. Some manufacturers also offer toothpastes designed to whiten teeth. Although these pastes can be helpful at first, if they're too abrasive, they'll erode your enamel, making the duller dentin layer underneath more visible.
- Professional In-Office Whitening: Professional whitening at Dental Pointe's Naperville office offers the quickest, easiest way to whiten your teeth. Before any professional whitening treatment, your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. Because whitening agents can't penetrate these deposits, cleaning is a must. Prior to whitening, a coat of protective gel will be applied to your gums to prevent root and gum irritation. The whitening treatment itself only takes about one hour. After the hydrogen peroxide is brushed on to your teeth, you can crack open the latest bestseller or advance to the next Candy Crush level while you wait for the whitening agent to remove stains.
- Professional Take-Home Whitening Kits: Dental Pointe also offers custom-made trays for in-home whitening. If you prefer this option, your trays will be made from an impression of your teeth. You'll simply add whitening gel to the trays several days per week for a few weeks, as recommended by your dentist. Whitening kits are also ideal for touching up your results between whitening treatments.
How long will my teeth stay white?
Your teeth may be noticeably whiter for two or three years or longer, as long as you stay away from foods and beverages that cause extrinsic stains, such as cola, wine, tea, coffee, berries and soy sauce.
Get the dazzling smile you've always wanted with professional teeth whitening. Call your Naperville, IL, dentists - Dr. Seeth, Dr. George and Dr. Akbar at Dental Pointe - at (630) 333-9571 to schedule an appointment.