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By Lynch Dental Center
September 03, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
SeeYourDentistFirstBeforeUsingaHomeTeethWhiteningKit

Are your stained teeth bumming you out? There's good news—you can transform that dull and dingy smile yourself with a tooth whitening product.

There are dozens of over-the-counter whitening kits that allow you to brighten your own smile. Although not as controlled and long-lasting as a dentist's professional whitening, these DIY kits can still give you effective results.

But since these products involve chemical solutions that bleach tooth enamel, there's a common concern about their safety. Could you be harming your teeth by using a home whitening kit?

The answer is no—as long as you follow the manufacturer's directions for using the product. These kits have been formulated with a lower percentage of bleaching agent (usually 10% carbamide peroxide) than whitening solutions used by dentists. They've also been subjected to several clinical studies gauging both their effectiveness and safety.

That said, though, exceeding a product's recommended directions and frequency of use could cause you problems. If not used properly, a bleaching solution can erode tooth enamel—and this protective tooth layer doesn't grow back! As long as you whiten "within the lines," so to speak, you shouldn't encounter this kind of situation.

With that said, though, there are good reasons to consult your dentist before using a whitening product, or have them perform the whitening for you.

For one thing, an over-the-counter whitening product won't work if the staining originates from inside a tooth. It's wise, then, to have a dental examination first before using a whitening product to uncover this or any other underlying dental problems that should be addressed first.

You may also find a professional whitening will give you a more desirable result. A stronger professional bleaching solution under a dentist's expert control can produce a brighter, longer lasting smile than a home use product. A dentist may also be able to control the level of brightness better to help you achieve the smile effect you desire, from subtle white to ultra-bright.

Whichever way you go, your dentist can advise you on your options and make sure your teeth are in good shape for whitening. The end result can be a brighter smile—and a brighter mood.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

AreYourTeethSensitivetoWhiteninglikeDrewBarrymoresHeresWhatYouCanDo

Best known for her roles in E.T. and Ever After, and more recently as a suburban mom/zombie on Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet, Drew Barrymore is now bringing her trademark quirky optimism to a new talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show on CBS. Her characteristic self-deprecating humor was also on display recently on Instagram, as she showed viewers how she keeps her teeth clean and looking great.

In typical Drew fashion, she invited viewers into her bathroom to witness her morning brushing ritual (complete with slurps and sloshes). She also let everyone in on a little insider Drew 411: She has extremely sensitive teeth, so although she would love to sport a Hollywood smile, this condition makes teeth whitening difficult.

Barrymore's sensitivity problem isn't unique. For some, bleaching agents can irritate the gums and tooth roots. It's usually a mild reaction that subsides in a day or two. But take heart if you count yourself among the tooth-sensitive: Professional whitening in the dental office may provide the solution you are looking for.

In the dental office, we take your specific needs into account when we treat you. We have more control over our bleaching solutions than those you may find in the store, allowing us to adjust the strength to match your dental needs and your smile expectations and we can monitor you during treatment to keep your teeth safe. Furthermore, professional whitening lasts longer, so you won't have to repeat it as often.

After treatment, you can minimize discomfort from sensitive teeth by avoiding hot or cold foods and beverages. You may also find it helpful to use a toothpaste or other hygiene product designed to reduce tooth sensitivity.

The best thing you can do is to schedule an appointment with us to fully explore your problems with sensitivity and how we may help. First and foremost, you should undergo an exam to ensure any sensitivity you're experiencing isn't related to a more serious issue like tooth decay or gum recession.

Having a bright smile isn't just advantageous to celebrities like Drew Barrymore—it can make a difference in your personal and professional relationships, as well as your own self-confidence. We can help you achieve that brighter smile while helping you avoid sensitivity afterward.

If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Lynch Dental Center
April 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening   veneers  

These days, there are numerous ways to get that picture-perfect, million-dollar smile. Maintaining it, on the other hand, will take some work on your part. Sometimes, good oral hygiene habits may not be enough to preserve that natural white smile because your teeth have been cosmetically or structurally damaged.

Until you consult with one of the dentists here at Lynch Dental Center, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, or Dr. France Lynch, in Chicago or River Forest, IL, here are common options to help you maintain your dazzling smile:

Teeth Whitening

The most obvious solution that comes to mind would be teeth whitening. Although there are many teeth whitening home kits, it is still best to go to your dentist to get the treatment. Teeth bleaching involves the use of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These chemicals remove teeth stains to reverse discoloration as well as signs of routine wear.

Dental Veneers

Made from composite or porcelain material, this dental solution makes use of tooth-colored shells to achieve a natural-looking white smile. The veneer is installed over the tooth surface to restore its original color and protect the tooth enamel from decay.

Dental veneers are not only good for whitening teeth, but also for concealing minor misalignment, hiding spaces, and repairing cracks/chips on the tooth. On average, the procedure can be completed in two visits to your dentist in River Forest or Chicago.

Other Tips to Maintain a White Smile

Aside from the dental procedures previously described, there are other things you can do to maintain your white smile, such as:

  • Eating foods like apples, carrots, celery, and pears, which forces the production of more saliva, which, in turn, washes away the food debris caught in your teeth.
  • Using sugarless gum with tooth-cleansing action to help with whitening.
  • Avoiding sugary foods and drinks that can cause discoloration or tooth decay.
     

For More Teeth Whitening Options, Call Us

Contact Lynch Dental Center to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, or Dr. France Lynch. Call (708) 366-6411 to reach our River Forest, IL, office or (312) 263-3235 to reach our Chicago, IL, office.

By Lynch Dental Center
February 18, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Are you truly pleased with your smile? If you're like many Americans, you may feel embarrassed by the worn color of your yellow, dull teeth. Fortunately, here at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago IL, your dentists offer professional teeth whitening, an in-office or at-home service that brightens teeth by several shades in a single treatment. Led by Drs. John, Sheila, and Frances Lynch, read on to learn how our team can rejuvenate your smile with this popular cosmetic dentistry option.

How dental stains happen

When you consume highly pigmented foods and beverages, your tooth enamel literally absorbs the dark colors, and when combined with the passage of time and poor oral hygiene, it is inevitable that unattractive organic matter will accumulate on your enamel. Furthermore, even the best brushing and flossing habits won't remove this material, and neither will retail mouthwashes or whitening toothpastes.

Unfortunately, surface, or extrinsic stains, eventually become intrinsic stains, reports Dentistry IQ. Stubborn discolorations permanently change how you look and feel when you smile.

Would you like to rejuvenate your smile?

Professional teeth whitening is today's most sought-after cosmetic dentistry treatment, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Economical and quick, whitening is available as an in-office treatment, accomplished in just one hour by your dentist here at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL. Conversely, you can choose convenient at-home whitening if you would prefer to brighten your smile on your own time. Both use hydrogen peroxide gel to lifts stains right out of the enamel matrix.

In-office whitening takes just one visit and brightens teeth by many shades, up to eight, in fact. At-home whitening applies a less concentrated peroxide gel via custom-made acrylic trays. These snugly-fitting trays place the gel right where it's needed for a prescribed length of time every day for a week. Results are just as spectacular as the in-office version.

Maintaining a beautiful smile

After you complete your whitening, you can maintain your new look indefinitely by:

  1. Brushing twice a day for a full two minutes, as endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA)
  2. Flossing once a day to remove plaque and keep your gums healthy
  3. Receiving whitening touch-ups as necessary at Lynch Dental Center
  4. Limiting the intake of coffee, tea, and colas
  5. Buffering acidic foods with cheese or bread
  6. Quitting all tobacco products
  7. Seeing Dr. Lynch twice a year for a check-up and cleaning

Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today

Cosmetic dentistry is booming, and the results from teeth whitening prove why. Please contact the team at Lynch Dental Center for a friendly evaluation. Phone our River Forest office at (708) 366-6411, or for the Chicago location, dial (312) 263-3235.

By Lynch Dental Center
September 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
3ReasonsYouShouldConsiderToothWhitening

White, translucent teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful smile. But with age or the foods we eat our teeth’s natural brightness can dim to a dingy yellow.

If this is your case, you may be able to benefit from teeth whitening techniques that brighten up your less than “pearly whites.” A teeth whitening treatment from time to time could put the dazzle back in both your smile and your self-confidence.

Here, then, are 3 reasons for considering tooth whitening to improve your smile.

You might be able to do it yourself. There are a number of home whitening options (including whitening strips) that are safe and effective to use at home. But there are a couple caveats: because your dentist can use stronger bleaching solutions they may be able to perform the procedure in less time and with longer lasting results than a home kit. Also, some forms of staining originate inside a tooth—a home kit won’t help with that kind of discoloration.

It’s safe and relatively inexpensive. Home bleaching solutions aren’t strong enough to be harmful (unless you disregard the product directions) and are usually not very costly. Your dentist uses stronger solutions but with the training and curing equipment to minimize any risk to your teeth. And compared to other cosmetic treatments, dental office teeth whitening is still a relatively inexpensive option.

Dental office whitening can be more comprehensive and precise. Another reason to opt for your dentist to whiten your teeth is the wide range of discoloration they can alleviate. They have clinical techniques for alleviating internal tooth staining, and could even combine these with treatments for external staining. Your dentist can also help you achieve the exact degree of whiteness you desire—from a more subtle, natural shade to “Hollywood Bright.”

Whitening isn’t permanent—but with a thorough application and avoiding foods and habits that contribute to staining, professional whitening effects can last up to two years. If you’re interested, see your dentist for a full dental examination for any issues that might interfere with the whitening process. From there, you’re not far from a brighter and more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening and other dental cosmetic enhancements, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter….