Teeth Whitening – Buffalo Grove, IL

Helping Teens Smile Brighter

Does your teenager feel self-conscious about their smile? Do they tend to hide from photographs or avoid social gatherings? It may be that their teeth are stained or appear slightly yellow. This can be the result of poor oral hygiene, dark-colored foods and beverages, or even genetics. No matter the reason, our team at Capezio Loiben Pediatric Dentistry is here to deliver optimal solutions for teeth whitening in Buffalo Grove. Contact us to schedule your teen’s appointment today.

Who is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Before and after image of teeth whitening in Buffalo Grove

Candidates for teeth whitening are typically those who have stained or discolored teeth that stem from medications taken, consuming too many dark-colored foods and beverages, poor oral hygiene, or simple plaque and tartar build-up that remains after orthodontics are removed.

Teenagers who are interested in this treatment option must possess good general oral and overall health, which their cosmetic dentist in Buffalo Grove will determine during an initial consultation. Depending on the severity of the stains (intrinsic or extrinsic), we may recommend at-home whitening kits.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

At-home teeth whitening in Buffalo Grove

Teeth whitening is a safe and suitable cosmetic treatment for adolescents and adults. But only if there is a commitment to taking proper care of one’s smile afterward. While there are many ways a person can whiten their smile, the same goal applies – to rid stains above and below the surface, creating a whiter, brighter appearance.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

With at-home whitening kits, our team will provide your teenager with customized whitening trays that fit comfortably inside their mouth. Made according to your child’s impressions, these trays are combined with a professional-grade bleaching gel that contains ingredients that are designed to eliminate stains while preventing enamel erosion and sensitivity. Within about two weeks, your teen should notice a significant difference in the look of their smile.

Tips for Maintaining Your Brighter Smile

Girl with brighter teeth in Buffalo Grove

Teeth whitening, unfortunately, is not a permanent treatment option; requiring patients to maintain their results by following various guidelines and instructions, such as:

  • Practicing optimal oral hygiene habits at home that include brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day before bed, and rinsing thoroughly
  • Maintaining regular six-month general exams and cleanings
  • Limiting your teen’s consumption of dark-colored beverages and foods to prevent staining
  • Giving up bad habits that can wear down tooth enamel and expose the underlying layers (i.e., eating ice, biting fingernails, chewing on inanimate objects)
  • Giving up smoking and the use of tobacco products
  • Giving your smile a touch-up should your teen notice some slight discoloration over time