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By Willow Ridge Dental Group
September 23, 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.”

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
July 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth whitening treatments are offered by your Naperville dentist at Willow Ridge Dental Group. Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik provide in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening kits to eliminate stained teeth. Why? Because a sparkling, white smile is a great first impression.

More About Teeth Whitening

Your dentists at Willow Ridge Dental Group provide a safe and effective way to brighten your smile. Depending on the whitening method chosen, results can be dramatic. In-office professional teeth whitening uses high-concentration bleaching gels to lighten teeth 3-to-8 shades brighter. At-home teeth whitening kits also work well but may need to be repeated to get the desired results.

More About the Professional Whitening Methods

  • In-Office Whitening works fast and produces powerful results quickly. Your Naperville dentist first protects sensitive tissue, gums, and tooth-root surfaces by covering them. Next, he/she uses a retractor to keeps lips and cheeks away from bleaching material applied on teeth. Finally, after an hour, you're done and go about your day.

  • Take-Home Whitening may be convenient for people with hectic work schedules. Your dentist creates custom-made molds of your teeth to have two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays made — one for the top teeth and one for the bottom — to fill with whitening gel and then position over teeth. Leave trays for about an hour at a time until you get the desired results.

Caring for Your Whitened Smile

Preventive care is essential to keep teeth white and clean. Brushing and flossing daily go without saying, but also avoid drinking too much coffee and tea. Avoid eating food that stains teeth, like berries or beetroot, and stop smoking and chewing tobacco. Talk to your Naperville dentist about other ways to avoid teeth staining.

Who to contact?

If you have more questions about professional teeth-whitening options and what best suits you, then call Drs. Jeffrey or Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville IL at (630) 420-2800 today!

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
February 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Like other aspects of our lives, aging can take a toll on our smile. Over a lifetime the effects of disease, teeth wearing and the foods we eat can cause our teeth and gums to look unattractive.

Here are 3 of the most common age-related dental problems and how we can help you "turn back the clock" on each one.

Discoloration. Teeth can dull and grow darker over time. And not just from what we eat or drink—age-related structural changes in the tooth can also cause discoloration. We can often alleviate external staining temporarily with teeth whitening. If the staining is heavy or it originates inside the tooth, then we can install life-like porcelain veneers or crowns to cover the discoloration. We can also use composite dental materials to alter the color of one darkened tooth so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of your teeth.

Wearing. Our teeth naturally wear down over time. If the wearing is excessive, though, teeth can look shorter and less youthful. Again, we can use veneers or crowns to change a tooth's outward appearance and make them look longer. We can also employ enamel contouring and reshaping that smoothes out sharper edges caused by wearing to give your teeth a softer, more youthful look.

Receding gums. On the other end of the spectrum, gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can make them look much larger and unattractive. Our first step is to treat any gum disease present—the most common cause of recession—which often helps the tissues to regenerate. If your case is more advanced, though, you may also need grafting surgery to restore lost gum tissue. Using in-depth microsurgical techniques, surgeons attach grafted gum tissue at the recession site. Over time new tissue will grow, restoring adequate gum coverage.

You can also improve your appearance at any age with orthodontics. Besides a more attractive smile, properly aligned teeth tend to wear more slowly and evenly. This and proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care can keep your teeth looking younger even in your later years.

If you would like more information on gaining a more youthful smile, 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 “How Your Dentist can help you Look Younger.”

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth Whitening ResultsHave stained teeth? You don't have to go through life with them, professional teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile and erase years of dental stains! Willow Ridge Dental Group, located in Naperville, IL, offers a full range of dental services, and our practitioners, Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik, are some of the top dentists in the state! Read on to find out how teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile. 

1. It will give you a white smile.

Professional teeth whitening is offered through two processes that both give you the bright-white smile you've always wanted. Take-home whitening involves custom-fitted dental trays filled with tooth whitening gel that you can use at home. For in-office bleaching, your dentist will combine tooth whitening gel with a special light to speed up the process. After either professional teeth whitening treatment, your teeth will be dazzling!

2. You will get dramatic results.

Many over-the-counter teeth whitening products and systems are readily available to you, including whitening toothpastes, mouth rinses, strips, and gels. However, most people will not see good results with these items. The bleaching solutions dentists use, on the other hand, are much stronger than these over-the-counter whitening kits and will provide you with the results you desire. 

3. You will see results quickly.

Professional teeth whitening is the quick and easy way to whiten your smile without the hassle. A take-home teeth whitening treatment provides wonderful results in one or two weeks of use, while the in-office treatment can whiten your smile in just about one hour. 

4. You will take years off your look. 

Professional teeth whitening can take years off your look—no wonder it's such a popular procedure among Hollywood stars! Despite our advancing age, many people want to look younger, and according to a recent survey conducted by Oral B, most people feel that a healthy-looking smile makes adults look younger. The study even showed that teeth whitening is more effective in restoring a youthful appearance than facelift surgery!

Want a beautiful smile? Start your journey today! Call Willow Ridge Dental Group at 630-420-2800 today to schedule a dental consultation in Naperville, IL. Professional teeth whitening can improve your smile- and the quality of your life.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
December 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that even small changes in a person's smile impact how he or she feels and how teeth whiteningothers perceive their personality, approachability and possibility for interpersonal and professional success. That's why Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik of Willow Ridge Dental Group offer several aesthetic dental services. Applied singly or in a complete smile makeover, these treatments virtually change lives. Teeth whitening in Naperville, IL, is an especially popular smile enhancement.

Why get professional teeth whitening in Naperville, IL?

The better question may be "Why wouldn't you?" People with healthy teeth and gums qualify for it, and it makes such an amazing difference, erasing years of stains from foods, drinks, medications and tobacco.

In addition, professional teeth whitening is safely supervised by your dentist and may be applied as a quick one-hour treatment at Willow Ridge Dental Group or in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Either way, teeth change from dull and dark to a stunning eight shades brighter.

Finally, teeth whitening is cost-effective--less costly than other cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers, composite resin bonding or dental crowns. Results last indefinitely provided you brush twice a day, floss daily, get semi-annual check-ups with your dentist and limit staining foods, darkly pigmented beverages and tobacco.

How teeth whitening works

The dentists at Willow Ridge Dental Group use a powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to bleach stains out of tooth enamel. In the office, your dentist applies the gel to the front side of healthy teeth and allows it to penetrate as the patient relaxes in the dental chair. After about an hour, the gel is removed to reveal a remarkably brighter smile.

With the at-home version, patients apply a less concentrated gel using customized acrylic trays. They wear the trays for a specified amount of time daily for up to two weeks. The results are equal to in-office whitening.

A word of caution

Store-bought pastes, strips and rinses cannot brighten smiles as effectively or as safely as professional whitening can. Also, over the counter methods frequently produce uncomfortable dental and gum sensitivity, but in the office, your dentist knows if your teeth are healthy enough for whitening. He or she applies the gel properly to avoid harming soft oral tissues.

Whiten up your smile

Find out if teeth whitening in Naperville, IL, is right for you. Contact Willow Ridge Dental Group for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with one of our highly skilled doctors. Call (630) 420-2800.