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Are your teeth stained or yellowed? Do you yearn for a brighter, whiter smile? Teeth whitening in Chicago, Illinois, may be for you. At our office, we offer both in-office and take-home whitening for your convenience. However, there are some things you should discuss with Dr. Eli J. Lawrence before deciding to whiten your teeth.

The following can make teeth whitening less successful:

Age & Pregnancy
Teeth whitening is not recommended for those under the age of 16. The pulp chamber of the tooth is enlarged until 16, and teeth whitening could irritate the pulp. Our dentist also does not recommend teeth whitening for those who are pregnant or lactating.

Sensitive Teeth
If you have sensitive teeth, sensitive gums, or receding gums, make sure you consult with Dr. Eli J. Lawrence before bleaching your teeth. Also, be sure to talk with our dentist if you have any damaged dental restorations.

If you have any cavities, they need to be treated before your teeth are whitened. The whitening product can penetrate into any existing decay, causing sensitivity.

Those who are allergic to peroxide should not whiten their teeth. Peroxide is the bleaching agent.

Darkly Stained Teeth
Yellowed teeth respond well to the whitening procedure. However, brownish teeth do not respond as well to whitening procedures and grayish or purplish teeth do not respond at all. If you have darkly stained teeth, talk to our dentist about other options to improve the appearance of your smile.

Dental Restorations
Dental restorations like bridges, crowns, and fillings will not respond to bleaching. Because of this, those with dental restorations that whiten their smile will have an uneven result. The teeth without restorations will appear lighter than those with restorations.

Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more about teeth whitening and our other cosmetic dental services and to schedule a consultation.