Over time, teeth can change from pearly white to an unattractive stained color. If the color of your teeth is stopping your smile, there is a simple, pain-free fix. Teeth whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.
Your teeth can darken for any number of reasons, including injury or medications or from external factors such as food, tobacco or coffee. While some over-the-counter whitening toothpastes can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter, these products often have abrasive substances that can wear at your tooth enamel.
Bleaching agents change the color of your teeth and are very effective at brightening lighter stains. However, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains and are less effective on badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings.
Professional whitening performed by Dental Care of Oakbrook is considered to be the most effective and safest method and can last as long as five years.