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Have you noticed the amount of beautiful white smiles wherever you go now? No, it’s not because everyone magically started brushing flawlessly twice daily, but rather mostly due to the revolutionary teeth-whitening systems that have come along. Some of the treatments are so effective they can produce extremely noticeable results in as little as one use. As with any dental treatment, there are advantages to each type of tooth-whitening system.

There are three types of teeth whitening systems available: by dentists done in-office, by dentists for at-home use, and over the counter. With a safe, effective tooth-whitening treatment, your result could last for over a year.

In-office whitening is the safest and most effective. You can have your teeth whitened up to 10 shades. In addition, your gums are protected from the materials in the treatment. In many of the best whitening systems, there is a special feature that can actively protect tooth enamel from damage.  The whitening trays are also custom fitted to your teeth, resulting in a much cleaner, tighter, whiter, and brighter result.

Dentists may also recommend specific teeth whitening products for at home use.

Over-the-counter whitening systems can be hit-or-miss. Many of the products can be dangerous to your teeth and gums, and some have shown to not even work at all.  Before using any over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, please consult your dentist.

Always remember to properly care for your teeth and gums. If you experience any tooth discomfort or tooth sensitivity with any product, be sure to consult your dentist.

If you are interested in teeth whitening, you can schedule an appointment at Thomas Bell, DDS, by calling us at 708.469.6006. You can also visit our office in La Grange, Illinois. Let us help you find your best tooth-whitening system for a brighter, whiter smile today!