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By Family Dental Center
November 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Professional teeth whitening procedures can be completed in a cosmetic dentist's office in Glenview, IL, or in the comfort of your own home. However, there are many benefits to undergoing in-office teeth whitening treatment, including seeking immediate results. Anyone looking to improve and brighten their smile should schedule an appointment with the dentist at Glenview Family Dental. 

Why Should You Get an In-Office Teeth Whitening Treatment?

When teeth get stained or discolored, a teeth whitening treatment can help reduce the stains and brighten the appearance of your smile. Professional teeth whitening works far better than over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. Additionally, having the treatment conducted in the dental office ensures it is done in a safe and controlled environment. There have been many advancements with cosmetic dental treatments, and those in Glenview, IL, should schedule an appointment to learn how in-office teeth whitening can benefit them. 

Is In-Office Whitening a Safe Procedure? 

Some whitening products have been known to severely damage teeth and gums, often resulting in gum disease. Having an in-office whitening treatment ensures you receive treatment in a safe environment supervised by a dentist. During this treatment, your gums and soft tissue are protected while the whitening agent is applied to your teeth. Additionally, the dentist can adjust the whitening agent based on the needs and condition of your teeth. 

When Can Patients See Results? 

Patients who receive in-office whitening treatments leave the dental office with bright white teeth. In most cases, professional whitening is completed in one appointment. There is no waiting for weeks and undergoing multiple treatments. The results are instant and have patients smiling from ear to ear. 

An in-office professional teeth whitening treatment provides patients with peace of mind the treatment is being done correctly and efficiently. Anyone in Glenview, IL, looking for teeth whitening treatment should contact their cosmetic dentist or call (847) 998-1281 to schedule an appointment with one of the dentists at Glenview Family Dental. 

By Family Dental Center
March 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Many of you have probably considered teeth whitening treatment. There are numerous over the counter products for teeth whitening, but many of these can cause more harm than good in the long run. For example, most whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that can damage your teeth by rubbing your natural tooth enamel away. A better choice is to see a professional in the Glenview, Illinois area like Dr. Sean Cullinan who can safely whiten your teeth and keep you aware of options for keeping your teeth white as long as possible. Your smile is an investment, and products like whitening strips and toothpaste don't whiten and protect your teeth the way a dentist can.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sean Cullinan, DMD in Glenview, IL

Before considering a teeth whitening procedure, you should have Dr. Cullinan conduct a thorough examination to determine the health of your teeth. If you have any cavities, they will need to be filled before whitening your teeth to prevent negative complications. At this step, Dr. Cullinan will also determine if you are extra sensitive to the whitening material. Bear in mind that not all teeth can be whitened, and the minimum age for a whitening procedure is 10 years old.

Things you should know:

  • Procedure: Once Dr. Cullinan determines it is safe to proceed with whitening your teeth, he'll first apply a protective solution to your gums. After that he'll put the whitening gel on your teeth. Depending on the condition of your teeth, the gel will stay on from anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Typically, you'll need to make several visits to complete the whitening of your teeth.
  • Side Effects: You might experience sensitivity in your teeth after a whitening procedure. It's a good idea to avoid hot or cold foods right after you have your teeth whitened.
  • Care: As you continue to see Dr. Cullinan for additional teeth whitening sessions, avoid foods that can cause stains such as red wine or dark sauces like soy sauce. If you smoke, this is a great time to quit!

Remember, while you may be tempted to use over the counter products, products like whitening strips and toothpaste can never deliver the long-lasting white teeth available from a professional.

If you live in or are visiting the Glenview area of Illinois, contact Dr. Sean Cullinan at Glenview Family Dental for a consultation on your new, whiter smile.

By Family Dental Center
April 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
HughJackmansShockingTeeth

Australian heartthrob Hugh Jackman has won international recognition for his work on stage, screen and television, including his long-running portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men film series, and his Academy-Award-nominated starring role in Les Miserables. Oh, and did we mention he was named the “sexiest man alive” by People magazine in 2008? So when Jackman once said “I have shocking teeth”… what did he mean?

“[My dentist] looked at my teeth and went, ‘Oh, my God, you've got gray teeth,’” the actor stated. The proposed cure: tooth whitening. But what if the action hero's teeth were brightened too much — would his look still convey his trademark rugged charm? To see how that issue was resolved, let's look a little closer at various methods of tooth whitening.

All Whitening Isn't the Same
Everyone has seen the kind of over-the-counter tooth whitening strips advertised in magazines and sold in drug stores. Most dentists agree that, given enough time, they can work in many cases. But there may be problems, too.

One is that unless you know what's actually causing the darkening, you can't be sure if there is an underlying issue that needs treatment — a root-canal problem, for example. Bleaching a diseased tooth is like painting over a rusty car: it camouflages the problem, but doesn't fix it. That's one reason why, before any whitening treatment is attempted, it's important to have a complete dental examination, with x-rays.

Another is that without professional supervision, it's more difficult to control the degree of whitening you will end up with. For safety reasons, over-the-counter whitening products have the least concentrated bleaching agent, and will probably require weeks of use to produce noticeable results. The next step up — a custom-designed, at-home bleaching kit from our office — will likely produce results twice as fast.

The Professional Advantage
At-home bleaching done under our supervision uses stronger whitening agents with a flexible plastic tray that's custom-made to fit your teeth. It's a cost-effective way to achieve several shades of whitening in a relatively short time. Plus, with the advantage of our experience and guidance, you can get excellent results safely and efficiently.

If you want the fastest and most controllable whitening, however, in-office whitening treatments are the best way to go. According to one study, using the most concentrated whiteners in a safe clinical setting produced a six-shade improvement in just three office visits! This would have required a week or more of at-home bleaching, or upwards of 16 daily applications of the over-the-counter whitening products!

In-office whitening also offers the greatest degree of control over the outcome. That's why it was the method Hugh Jackman chose for his treatments. By adjusting the concentration of the bleaching solution and the treatment time, Jackman's dentist made sure his teeth were pleasingly light — but still looked completely natural. And in our office, we can do the same for you.

So whether you're looking for a dazzlingly bright smile or a more subtle enhancement, the best way to start is to call our office for a consultation. For more information, see the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Family Dental Center
March 03, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
MarthaStewartSharesToothTouch-UpSecrets

Here’s a quick quiz: What recent activity did domestic guru Martha Stewart share via social media for the first time? Need a hint? Was she following the lead of other celebrities like rapper 50 Cent (AKA Curtis James Jackson III), actress Demi Moore and country music star LeAnn Rimes?

Give up? The answer is… she live-tweeted her visit to the dentist! Not only that, she also posted pictures of her mouth as she was undergoing an in-office whitening procedure.

Now, we understand that some might feel they don’t need to see close-ups of Stewart’s teeth under treatment. But we have to admire her for not trying to hide the fact that she’s had the same procedure that has benefited so many people, whether famous or not. Plus, her pictures actually provide a good illustration of how the treatment works.

In-office whitening treatments are the fastest way to brighten up your smile. In a single one-hour visit, your teeth can be lightened by three to eight shades — and that's a big difference! How can we achieve such dramatic results? When you’re under our direct supervision in an office setting, we can use the most concentrated bleach solutions safely and effectively. You can get similar results with custom-made trays and take-home lightening solutions we can prepare for you, but then the process will take longer.

If you look closely at her photos, you’ll see that Stewart’s lips, gums, and face are covered up to prevent any contact with the bleaching solution. She’s also wearing protective eyewear, which not only keeps chemicals away, but also guards her eyes against strong lights, which are sometimes used in conjunction with bleach. When we perform in-office whitening procedures, we use safeguards like these for all of our patients — not just celebrities!

We also perform a complete oral examination before starting any whitening procedure, to be sure you don’t have any underlying conditions that need to be treated before teeth whitening begins. That’s something you just can’t get from an over-the counter whitening product.

Teeth whitening is an effective and affordable way to give your smile a quick boost. But whether you decide to live-tweet your procedure — or keep your fans guessing about why your smile looks so good all of a sudden — that’s up to you.

If you would like more information about the teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Family Dental Center
September 25, 2011
Category: Dental Procedures

Whitening your teeth is an easy way for most people to achieve a brighter, more appealing smile. And for older adults, it can also contribute to a more youthful appearance. We are often asked how our tooth whitening products and services stack up when compared to the many over-the-counter (OTC) products available at discount and drug stores. The following are some key facts to understand about teeth whitening so that you can receive the results you want.

What is the real difference between professional products and ones I can buy over-the-counter?

Whether you purchase over-the-counter whitening strips, toothpaste, mouthrinses, or “paint on” tooth whitening products, you are basically receiving the same product, but with a lower concentration of carbamide peroxide, the chemical responsible for teeth whitening. And while some of the products may contain a slightly higher concentration of this solution, they all are under strict governmental guidelines for ensuring you experience little to no side-effects as long as you follow the instructions. However, with our bleaching products and services, you are under the care of a trained professional and thus can receive much higher concentrations without compromising your health or the health of your teeth. This fact means that under our care you can achieve more dramatic results faster.

How long will the results last?

Bleaching is not a permanent solution; thus, your results will diminish over a six-month to one year period of time. However, it doesn't take much to touch up or maintain your white smile in a single visit, or with custom-made whitening trays that we can provide for home use. You can also keep your brighter smile a little longer by avoiding food that stains your teeth. And when drinking coffee, tea, cola, wine and other drinks like these, sip them using a straw so that they are less likely to discolor your teeth.

Is bleaching safe for my teeth?

We pride ourselves on providing and promoting optimal oral healthcare and thus would never offer any products or services that are unsafe. Additionally, there are numerous studies supporting the overall safety of whitening your teeth. We are careful to avoid sensitivity, which is an occasional side effect of intensive bleaching, and we suggest protecting the teeth with fluoride.

Want to learn more?

Contact us today to discuss your questions or to schedule an appointment. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter....”