COSMETIC

TEETH WHITENING

When teeth are dark or grey it can affect a person’s confidence when smiling. Teeth whitening options for a new cosmetic smile are available at our dental office in Westmont, IL. One of the simplest methods of getting a whiter smile is by using a mild bleaching agent such as carbamide peroxide in a tray, sitting on your teeth for several minutes to a couple hours over the period of several days.


Dr. Kathryn Kennedy has tried several different brands and techniques and we have found that the one that works better than the whitening strips you can buy at the drug store or the fancy lights to speed up bleaching are not needed to get a beautiful smile.


Our patients report that they enjoy the moderate priced GO brand of whitening trays is the most popular – both in terms of convenience as well as in price. The professional version has a stronger concentration and better fitting trays, make this option desirable for most of the patients we discuss whitening with. Using these better fitting trays mean less sensitivity, and the gel stays in contact with the teeth better.


When we are redoing multiple crowns, we may often suggest whitening the opposing arch in order to provide a better color match that is brighter for our patients. The nice thing about using these types of trays is that you have a little more control over the color. If you want them wither, you can wear the trays more days. If the color matches nicely within a few days, you can hold off on the rest of the trays. Everyone’s teeth whiten at different rates so while one person might see noticeable changes in 2 weeks, another person might see improvement in 2 days. It depends upon a number of factors such as age, diet, how dark your teeth are and whether they are in the yellow or grey spectrum or the purple and grey spectrum. Or, it could just be from eating berries and smoking or drinking a lot of dark soda and coffee or tea. Certain nuts and certain medications have been known to cause dark stains on the teeth.


When you come in for your cosmetic consultation, Dr. Kennedy will go over the different options for you and whether she feels one option might work better for you than any other. In some cases, porcelain veneers might be a better option if the discoloration is deep or if there is also chipping, rotations or spacing that we need to correct.

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  • Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 1pm By Appointment
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(630) 810-9940

331 W. 63rd St.

Westmont, IL 60559

We're located at the corner of 63rd and Williams,

one block west of Cass Ave.

Office Hours

  • Monday: 9am - 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 1pm by appointment

(630) 810-9940

331 W. 63rd St.

Westmont, IL 60559


We're located at the corner of 63rd and Willaims, one block west of Cass Ave.

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