Our Teeth Whitening Treatment Overview at Hickory Creek Family Dentistry

Our Teeth Whitening Treatment Overview

Teeth whitening treatments have become increasingly popular during the last years. There are several reasons why many are choosing to whiten their teeth. Some of the reasons are because of an upcoming event, a job interview, aging, to boost self-confident, or deep discoloration. Whatever your reason might be, our dentist will provide you with several treatment options, so visit us to determine which one would be great for you.This guide will help you understand the benefits of our teeth whitening and what to expect when having them performed by our dentist.  Please review some of our teeth whitening procedures below. 

Laser Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening has become one of the first requests that dental patients have when visiting their dentist.

Laser teeth whitening is administered in a dental office exclusively and is the most expensive method for whitening. Bleach is applied to each tooth, and heat generated by a laser enhances its effectiveness while ultimately speeding up the process. This procedure uses a strong bleaching gel that the laser activates and enhances for quick, dramatic results. The bleach used is a hydrogen peroxide gel that ranges from 25 to 40 percent in concentration levels. With these high concentrations, special precautions are taken to reduce tooth sensitivity, as well as protect the lips, gums and other oral tissues from being damaged. 

Laser teeth whitenng takes about an hour in the dental office. Oftentimes, several treatments are needed to achieve the desired results and bleaching trays for home use may be needed as well to improve or maintain those results. 

Laser teeth whitening isn't for everyone and is just one option to whiten your teeth. To find out more about teeth whitening, schedule a consultation at Hickory Creek Family Dentistry by calling us at 815-320-3870.

Opalescence Boost

Opalescence Boost is a chemically activated power whitening gel that provides brighter, whiter teeth after just 40 minutes in the dental chair. The powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide gel is chemically activated, so it doesn’t require a hot, uncomfortable light to work. 

Opalescence Boost consists of two syringes: The first contains 38 percent hydrogen peroxide, the active tooth whitening ingredient. The second syringe contains fluoride and potassium nitrate (PF), which helps strengthen tooth enamel, reduce sensitivity and protect against cavities. When mixed, the gel produces a distinct red color to help ensure correct placement and full removal of the product. 

Safe and effective, Opalescence Boost usually takes only one dental visit to complete. While one visit is all you need to achieve a brighter smile, difficult stains or extreme discoloration may require additional treatments.

At Hickory Creek Family Dentistry, Opalescence Boost is just one of many teeth whitening options. Call us at 815-320-3870 to schedule a consultation.

Take-Home Whitening Trays

Take-home whitening trays are a type of teeth whitening that is popular since it can be performed at your convenience in your home. This requires for you to follow our dentist's instructions diligently. It is also an easy and cost-effective teeth whitening treatment that can be self-administered. Although whitening trays can be a convenient option for some people, obtaining great results can take longer than other treatments and they don’t always work well for deep stains. These trays are custom made to go over your teeth soaking them in a peroxide-based gel that can whiten your enamel. Custom whitening trays are trays that are clear and are usually made of a clear plastic that comfortably adjust when inserted.

These trays, once made for you, can then be taken home like a teeth whitening kit, along with the guidelines given by our dentist. The time that they must remain on your teeth can vary according to your teeth whitening needs.

How Take-home Whitening Trays Work

Custom whitening trays are trays that are clear and are usually made of a clear plastic that comfortably adjust when inserted. A small dollop of gel is inserted in each tray, giving them their whitening properties. The gel consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution that actively whitens the enamel of the teeth.

After they have been used, they need to be cleaned with a Q-tip or a cloth and rinsed. Then they are ready to be used again. It is not suggested to use them for at least another day after each application.

These whitening trays can be used several times to obtain the desired results. Our dentist can further advize on how many times they should be used. Also, you can have them customized to your needs.

In Hickory Creek Family Dentistry you can make sure that the teeth whitening procedure you are looking for is done with the care you deserve.  We are located in 561 E Lincoln Hwy,New Lenox,IL 60451 . Don’t hesitate and schedule an appointment for a brighter smile! 815-320-3870. We work hard to provide with solutions that work and will leave your smile as bright and healthy as possible.