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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Monday, August 25, 2008

Tooth Whitening

The most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry procedure is tooth whitening. Everybody understands the aesthetic benefit of a bright, white, healthy-looking smile. Tooth whitening is a simple yet effective treatment that can performed either in the dentist's office, or at home.

In-office tooth whitening
Using advanced technology we can whiten your smile by four to six shades in a single office visit. In a typical 60-minute session, the dentist first covers and protects the gums and lips. Then he applies a whitening gel with a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide. A bright light is shone for 20 minutes on the gel, speeding its action. This is done twice more for 20 minutes each. A fluoride treatment completes the treatment, and now your smile is dramatically whiter than it was before.

Take-home whitening kits
Take-home whitening kits use professional-strength whitening-agents. We will make you upper and lower trays to fit exactly over your teeth. The kit includes a little instruction booklet, a shade strip where you can mark your Before and After colors, and a supply of desensitizing gel in case your teeth become too sensitive. In your own time, you can wear the trays for 30 to 40 minutes each day and achieve results as dramatic as those of an in-office procedure.

If you live in the Chicago area and would like to learn more about tooth whitening, please call or email us at the Colonial Dental Group to schedule your initial consultation.

posted by Patti at 1:45 PM


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