Teeth Whitening Specialist

Global Facial Aesthetics

Cosmetic Dentists & Implant Specialist located in River Forest, IL

Teeth whitening provides a quick and convenient way to brighten your smile. At Global Facial Aesthetics, Gary Alder, DDS, FAGD, DAAPM, and Irene Skirius, DDS, offer several types of teeth whitening, including in-office treatment and take-home trays. To make an appointment at the practice in River Forest, Illinois, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or click the online booking tool.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What causes teeth to change color?

Your teeth naturally change color as you age. Years of biting and chewing cause the enamel to wear away, making the yellow dentin beneath increasingly visible.

Other factors that may contribute to tooth stains or discoloration include:

  • Oral trauma
  • Drinking beverages with tannins like tea, coffee, or red wine
  • Eating foods that stain, like berries or tomato-based dishes
  • Taking medication with tetracycline
  • Using tobacco

You might also develop discolored teeth if you fail to practice good oral hygiene like brushing and flossing daily.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that uses hydrogen-based gels to eliminate tooth stains and discoloration. The gels seep into your enamel and trigger a process called oxidation. 

Oxidation causes the molecules inside your teeth to reflect less light, making them appear whiter and brighter.

What are the types of teeth whitening?

Global Facial Aesthetics offers two types of teeth whitening:

In-office chairside teeth whitening

In-office whitening is an outpatient procedure that can make your teeth up to eight* shades brighter in a single appointment. At the beginning of treatment, your provider covers your gums and tongue with a protective sheet and applies an FDA-approved peroxide solution to your teeth. 

The solution rests for 15-20 minutes, and your provider points a special light at them. The light kick starts a bleaching reaction that cuts through years of discoloration. The team repeats these steps several times until your teeth are white and aesthetically pleasing.

Take-home teeth whitening trays

Take-home whitening trays make it easy to remove tooth stains from the comfort of home. First, your provider takes digital impressions of your mouth and gives them to the in-house laboratory. The laboratory uses your impressions to create two custom mouthpieces that fit snugly over your teeth.

You line each mouthpiece with a bleaching solution and wear them for several hours at a time, whenever is most convenient. A week or two later, you’ll notice a significant change in the appearance of your tooth enamel.

How long does teeth whitening treatment last?

The results of teeth whitening treatment usually last 4-6 months, but it’s possible to extend them with good oral hygiene. Global Facial Aesthetics recommends visiting the office at least two times a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and brushing and flossing daily.

To see if you can benefit from teeth whitening, make an appointment at Global Facial Aesthetics by calling the office to speak with a friendly administrative staff member or clicking the online booking tool. 

*Individual results may vary.