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

Friday, February 6, 2009

You Have Many Teeth Whitening Options

Tooth enamel is very porous and allows for the pigment of foods and beverages to soak through. This causes your teeth to become discolored and dulled. Almost everything we eat has the ability to yellow our teeth.

Food and Beverages that Stain Teeth
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Tobacco
  • Blackberries, blueberries, and other strongly pigmented foods

There are many options to help reduce the effects of discoloration. There are at-home and in the office teeth whitening methods.

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Dooley provides three main teeth whitening options including:

At-home teeth bleaching kits
Zoom! teeth whitening
Porcelain veneers

The at-home teeth whitening kits have trays that are custom fit your mouth. Over the counter kits are a one-size-fits-all system. Our kits are made just for you and come with prescription whitening gel. This system will whiten your teeth in the course of a few weeks.

The Zoom! teeth whitening procedure can be completed in one office visit. This procedure is done with a teeth whitening gel that is applied to your teeth. The gel is activated by a light source and whitens your teeth by several shades.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They are used for difficult stains that will not be removed with other teeth whitening methods. Porcelain veneers also help correct other dental problems such as cracked or crooked teeth.

Please contact our cosmetic dentistry office for a consultation about teeth whitening. We help patients with all of their cosmetic dentistry needs in and around the Chicago area.

posted by Patti at 2:03 PM


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