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By Douglas Pennino, DDS
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth WhiteningIsn’t it time that you enjoyed a whiter smile?

Whether you’re about to walk down the aisle or you are getting ready to tackle that important job interview, one thing is certain: how you look matters. You want to feel confident in your appearance and one simple way to do this is to turn to teeth whitening to refresh your smile and remove dental stains that affect all of us. Find out how our Barrington, IL, cosmetic dentists Drs. Douglas, Chase and Connor Pennino can get your smile several shades whiter.

Thorough Results

When you get a whitening product from your local drugstore they are all the exact same strength; however, everyone has different needs and goals when it comes to whitening treatment so not everyone will get the amazing results they were hoping for with at-home whitening. Plus, applying the whitening strips or gels yourself can sometimes lead to uneven results, with some teeth looking brighter than others. Luckily, when you turn to our Barrington, IL, dentists you get beautiful, even results.

Fast Treatment

We also know that you don’t have a lot of free time to waste and that sitting at home with whitening trays or strips for an hour each night just isn’t possible. If you are looking for the quickest and easiest way to a whiter smile then you can’t get faster results than in-office teeth whitening. A standard in-office whitening session only lasts about one hour and often times one session is all that’s needed to get the results you want.

A Safe and Effective Cosmetic Procedure

There are some patients who are a little hesitant to turn to teeth whitening because they already have some tooth sensitivity and worry that whitening could make it worse. While it’s true that whitening can cause some tooth sensitivity both during and after your treatment, we can also customize your whitening treatment to fit your needs. This means that we will monitor your whitening the entire time to reduce your chances for tooth sensitivity while still helping you achieve the look you want.

Feel More Confident

Nothing can wreck your self-esteem faster than having a stained and yellow smile. As a result, you may find yourself avoiding certain social situations or hiding your smile from those around you. With professional whitening you’ll feel a newfound freedom and confidence in your smile. In fact, those who feel more confident about their appearance also experience more personal and professional success.

If you are ready to get a more radiant smile then it’s time to turn to the cosmetic dental team at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL. Let’s sit down and find out if teeth whitening is the right way to brighten your smile and boost your appearance.

WhyYouShouldConsideraProfessionalProcedureforYourTeethWhitening

If you're ready to put the "pizzazz" back into your smile, your dentist may be able to help. It's possible your dull, dingy smile could be transformed with teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening or bleaching is a technique that applies a solution with a bleaching agent (usually up to 35% hydrogen peroxide in an office setting) to the teeth to whiten them. Although there are Do-It-Yourself home whitening kits you can use, there are a few good reasons why you should first consider a whitening procedure in a dental office setting.

To begin with, you should first have your teeth examined by a dentist to determine why they're discolored. Certain foods and beverages we consume or tobacco habits are the usual culprits causing stains on the enamel, the outermost tooth layer. These are the kinds of stains targeted by most whitening solutions.

But the interior of a tooth can also become discolored for reasons like trauma, past dental work or tetracycline use at an early age. If your staining is internal (intrinsic) rather than external (extrinsic) reducing that discoloration will require an invasive procedure only a dentist can perform—a home kit won't be able to do the job.

Another reason for having your teeth whitened by your dentist (even extrinsic staining) involves your time and the degree of brightness you'd like. Because dentists use stronger bleaching solutions (home kits usually use a weaker solution of 10% carbamide peroxide) it takes fewer sessions than home kits to achieve results—and they may last longer. In addition, dentists have more control over the level of brightness to match your expectations of a more subdued, natural look or a dazzling "Hollywood" smile.

A dentist can also help you navigate special circumstances like matching and managing natural teeth whiteness with dental restorations (which don't bleach) or special whitening situations like a single discolored tooth.

Even if you eventually decide to go the home kit route, consulting with a dentist first can still prove helpful. You'll get expert advice on products, tips on how to apply them and how to prolong the whitening effect. Whichever way you go, home kit or dentist, you can gain a brighter, more confident smile with teeth whitening.

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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Put away that at-home whitening kit and read this if you want a whiter smile.teeth whitening

If you want to get a brighter smile but find that whitening toothpaste and other at-home methods just aren’t doing the trick, then you may be frustrated that you can’t get your smile whiter. This is where our Barrington, IL, family dentists Drs. Douglas, Chase, and Connor Pennino come in. Discover the difference that professional in-office whitening can make for your appearance.

Yellow and even light brown stains can certainly make your smile fizzle and affect your self-esteem; fortunately, this simple cosmetic treatment can turn that all around in about one hour. Depending on the severity of your stains, our in-office whitening system could give you a smile that’s several shades whiter in just one quick and easy session.

So, what goes into professional teeth whitening?

We are so glad you asked. Once our Barrington, IL, dentists have examined your teeth and gums to make sure that teeth whitening is the best approach for whitening your smile, the next step will be to give your smile a thorough clean. Removing plaque and tartar buildup first is to key to more even results.

From there, a device is placed into the mouth to keep it open and to provide a barrier for the gums and lips so the bleaching agent doesn’t come in contact with delicate soft tissue. This device also reveals your teeth, making it easy for us to paint the whitening gel evenly over the front surface of your teeth.

The whitening gel is left on for up to 15 minutes so that it has time to break down those stubborn stain molecules lying within the enamel and dentin layers. Sometimes a dental laser is directed over the teeth to speed up the effects of the gel. Once the 15 minutes are up, we will remove the gel and apply a fresh new gel layer over your teeth. Most whitening sessions require multiple applications and in about one hour you’ll walk out of our office with the visibly brighter smile you’ve been looking for all along.

Are you ready to get whiter results through professional teeth whitening? If you said “yes,” then it’s time to call Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, to schedule your free cosmetic consultation with us to find out if teeth whitening is right for you.

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
March 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Barrington want you to knowteeth whitening

Are your teeth stained from smoking or drinking coffee? Does your smile look dark and dull? Are the years showing in your smile? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to consider professional teeth whitening. Your dentists Dr. Douglas Pennino and Dr. Chase Pennino at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, want to share how teeth whitening can enhance your smile.

For many years, over-the-counter whitening methods were the only choice to whiten your teeth. Many of these products don’t whiten as much as you need, and the results don’t last as long as you want. Some products also contain harmful chemicals which can make your teeth sensitive.

Now, thanks to modern whitening methods, you can have a smile that is up to 8 shades whiter, with results that last for years! Professional teeth whitening is inexpensive and quick, the perfect choice if you have a special event coming up like a wedding, reunion or even an important job interview.

At Pennino Family Dentistry, you can choose from two effective whitening treatments:

In-office whitening, which is a simple procedure performed in the office; the entire process takes about an hour. This whitening method is perfect for busy people who want a dazzling white smile in a minimal amount of time.

A take-home whitening kit, which contains everything you need to whiten your teeth at home, when the time is right for you. This whitening method is perfect for people who want convenience and privacy.

It’s natural for teeth to become stained and yellow, and for your smile to look dull. Lifestyle habits like smoking, drinking coffee or red wine, or even eating deeply-pigmented foods like berries can stain your smile. The normal aging process can make your teeth look yellow because your tooth enamel becomes thinner as you age.

You don’t have to let stains or aging take control of your smile. Thanks to professional whitening, your smile can be whiter and brighter than you ever thought possible. Get the white smile you deserve by calling your dentists at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL. Call today to find out more about professional teeth whitening!

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
November 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
AnsweringYourQuestionsaboutYourUpcomingTeethWhitening

Whitening can transform the dullest teeth into a dazzling smile fit for a Hollywood star. But before you undergo a whitening procedure, you might have a few questions about it. Here are the answers to a few of the most common.

How white can I go? In an office application we can adjust the solution and application time to control the level of shade (dark or light) from subtle to dazzlingly bright. The real question, though, is how much color change will look best for you? A good rule of thumb is to match the shade in the whites of your eyes.

Whitening will improve poor dental conditions…right? Not necessarily. Besides foods, beverages or poor hygiene, decay, abscesses or problems from root canal treatments can also cause discoloration. In some dental situations, whitening could make your smile less attractive. If, for example, you have exposed roots due to gum recession, those areas won't bleach like the enamel and could make their exposure stand out more. Better to try and repair these problems before whitening.

What effect will teeth whitening have on my dental work? None รข??composite or ceramic materials won't lighten. The real concern is with creating a situation where whitened natural teeth don't match the color of dental work. Depending on the location of your veneers, crowns or other bridgework you could have a color mismatch that will look unattractive. We would therefore need to take your dental work into consideration and adjust the shading accordingly.

Will teeth whitening work on any stained teeth? That depends on the cause of the staining. If it's on the enamel, then external bleaching techniques should work. If, however, the discoloration comes from inside the tooth, then only a dental procedure that applies a bleaching agent inside the tooth can alleviate that kind of discoloration.

So after whitening, I'm good to go? Well, not permanently. Eventually the brightness will diminish or fade, usually in six months to two years. You can, of course, prolong the fade rate by not using tobacco, cutting back on staining beverages like red wine, tea and coffee, practicing daily oral hygiene and visiting us for regular office cleanings and other dental work. We can also touch up your existing whitening during your visits.

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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!