Many people want a whiter smile, but tooth discoloration becomes increasingly common with age. However, if you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth, you can undergo a whitening treatment when visiting the dentist. With the help of your Illinois dentist, you can get professional teeth whitening treatment using the Opalescence Boost Chairside Whitening System.
Why You Should Get a Teeth Whitening Treatment
Your teeth can become yellow or gray as you age or sometimes could take on a bluish tint near the gumline as you age. Common causes of discolored teeth include tobacco use and drinks containing tannins such as red wine, coffee, or tea. Poor dental hygiene practices can also affect the color of your teeth, as can excess sugar consumption. No matter the cause of your tooth discoloration, it’s worth considering a professional whitening treatment if you’re seeking a brighter smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures as it can improve your smile’s appearance by lightening your tooth color so it appears whiter. While there are hundreds of teeth whitening take-home whitening treatments available, Aurora Dental Group uses the reputable Opalescence Boost Chairside Whitening System.
What Opalescence Boost Whitening Can Do For You
Because of its unique formulation, this whitening treatment uses two syringes to keep the formula consistent and fresh. In one syringe, we use 38% hydrogen peroxide, a common ingredient in teeth whitening products. The other syringe contains fluoride and potassium nitrate, which strengthens enamel. The stronger the enamel, the less susceptible it is to cavities.
Using this dual-syringe system, the dentist can also control how much of the formula to apply, making the system more accurate than other whitening gel treatments that you must apply to all teeth simultaneously. As a result, we can treat just one tooth or all your teeth so that we can offer customized teeth whitening options to all our patients.
The Boost Whitening Process
An Opalescence Boost whitening treatment takes less than an hour, allowing you to leave the dental practice after a single appointment with teeth up to 10 shades whiter.
The dentist performs a comprehensive dental cleaning before treatment to ensure that all plaque is removed from your teeth. In addition, you will wear safety glasses for protection from the halide light that sets the gel on your teeth, and the dentist will set up splash guards to prevent the solution from staining your clothing.
The process for Opalescence Boost whitening treatment at Aurora Dental Group is:
- Prepare the teeth for the gel. A protective barrier is applied to protect your gums from sensitivity and the whitening gel irritating them. We also cover your lips, exposing only the teeth.
- Apply the boost whitening gel. The syringes are mixed to create the whitening gel. We then place it on your teeth. As it is applied to your teeth, it forms tiny oxygen bubbles that help prevent yellowing and staining. Your dentist may swirl the gel on your teeth regularly to maximize the effect.
- Use a specially designed light. The gel works in conjunction with light to break up stains and discolorations. After 15 minutes, you’ll rinse your mouth and repeat the process until we help you achieve your ideal shade of whiteness.
Keep Your Smile Bright and Beautiful
After your treatment, your dentist will recommend teeth whitening maintenance products, including toothbrushes and toothpaste that can help you care for your new, brighter smile.
Discolored teeth shouldn’t prevent you from living a full and enjoyable life. You can learn more about cosmetic dentistry options by contacting Aurora Dental Group. Our dental team undergoes additional training annually to deliver quality care to all our patients.