Dental Whitening Specialist

RISUS Orthodontics

Orthodontics located in Skokie, Glenview, & Northbrook, IL

If dull or discolored teeth are leaving you self-conscious about your smile, RISUS Orthodontics can help. Their team of cosmetic experts in Glenview, Northbrook, and Skokie, Illinois, provide their patients with professional dental whitening treatments that safely and effectively put the shine back in their smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or using the convenient online scheduling tool

Dental Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth discolored?

Your smile can lose its shine for a number of reasons. Most often, it’s a combination of poor oral hygiene and consuming foods, beverages, or other products that stain your enamel. Some of the common culprits for staining include:

  • Beverages with dark pigments, like coffee, red wine, and dark soda
  • Foods with dark pigments, like berries and tomato-based sauces
  • Tobacco products, like cigarettes and chewing tobacco

Teeth can also become discolored as a side effect of medications, too, like certain antihistamines, antipsychotics, and tetracycline antibiotics (if used before the age of eight). 

Finally, teeth become less white as a natural byproduct of aging. The soft inner layer of your teeth (dentin) yellows as you get older, while the hard outer layer (enamel) gets thinner and more worn down over time. Thinner enamel allows more of the discolored dentin to show through, which can make your smile look less lustrous.

What is involved in a dental whitening?

There are a few different ways to apply dental whitening, but they all work on the same basic principle: a professional-strength whitening solution that contains hydrogen peroxide is applied to the enamel of your teeth and left to sit for a while.

The hydrogen peroxide in the whitening solution penetrates your enamel and breaks up the pigments that cause staining. When those pigments are more dispersed, the white of your teeth shows through more powerfully, giving you a beautiful and radiant smile.

Am I a candidate for dental whitening?

Dental whitening is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive way to radically transform the aesthetic appearance of your smile. You need to have generally healthy teeth and gums before you whiten your teeth, and the team at RISUS Orthodontics can work with you to clear up any underlying issues before your treatment.

Crowns, bridges, and other dental restorations don’t respond to dental whitening treatments and might not match your natural teeth after whitening. The team at RISUS Orthodontics can work with you to replace any restorations before or after you whiten so that you can be sure to match the rest of your beautiful new smile.

Can I not just whiten my teeth with a store-bought kit?

You should never whiten your teeth with an over-the-counter whitening kit. The generic strips and trays that you buy at your local pharmacy aren’t designed for your particular smile, so the bleaching solution frequently leaks out and irritates your gums. When the whitening gel does manage to stay in contact with your teeth, it isn’t nearly as strong or effective as what you get with a professional treatment at RISUS Orthodontics, so your results won’t be nearly as dramatic.

For a truly white smile that won’t impair your oral health, schedule a consultation with the team at RISUS Orthodontics today by calling the office or booking a visit online.