SOURCE: The Dental Implant Associates

The Dental Implant Associates

November 15, 2012 06:01 ET

Teeth Whitening: In the Office, at Home -- or Both

Chicago Dentists Provide Patients With Two Ways to Whiten Their Teeth, Adding That a Combination of the Two Can Further Improve the Overall Smile Makeover

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2012) - The dentists at Dental Implant Associates offer patients a choice of two different methods to whiten teeth. The first method, called Zoom!®, is a procedure that is done in the office in a single visit and provides instant rejuvenation to the appearance of teeth. The second method, a take-home whitening kit, works over the course of a couple weeks, gradually transitioning a patient's teeth to a lighter and brighter smile. However, according to the dentists, patients at their Chicago dentistry practice tend to opt for both.

While both methods of teeth whitening work toward the same goal, there are some differences in the techniques:

  • Zoom!®: Zoom!® teeth whitening treatments dramatically renew the appearance of teeth in two thirty-minute sessions that are conducted in a single office visit. The process uses an ultraviolet light that activates a hydrogen peroxide gel overlaid on the patients' teeth. Technicians guard the gums to make sure that only the tooth structures are targeted by the procedure.
  • Take-home Whitening Kits: These kits contain custom molds of patients' upper and lower sets of teeth. The patient lines these molds with a concentrated gel and then wears the molds for brief sessions over the course of a couple weeks. Once a patient has had a custom mold created, that mold can be used for future whitening treatments -- in the future, the patient will only need to purchase gel replacements.

Although Zoom!® treatments and take-home kits are both effective at whitening teeth, the Chicago dentists at Dental Implant Associates report that many patients use a combination of the two methods. Patients can opt for the in-office Zoom!® treatment for instant results and a baseline rejuvenation while utilizing the take-home kit for maintenance and touchups. The dentists say that patients are often able to achieve the best results using this combination technique. They note, however, that before any whitening procedure can be performed, it is vital that patients begin with a healthy mouth. Patients must first have clean teeth and healthy gums prior to any whitening treatment.

About Dental Implant Associates
Dental Implant Associates provide service through both their Chicago and Oak Lawn offices. The practice specializes in helping patients maintain the health and appearance of their smiles through the latest implant, general, and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Their team of dentists regularly participate in continuing education courses to ensure that their patients continue to receive up-to-date treatments and the best possible care. Their cosmetic and implant dentists -- Dr. Larry Hoffman, Dr. Steven Flicker, Dr. David Sher, Dr. Linda M. Weinfield, Dr. Edwin E. Weinfield, and Dr. Linas J. Bartuska -- all originate from the Chicago area and are all active members of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Both offices feature on-site laboratories for procedures such as dental implants and porcelain veneers, as well as a highly trained staff that make it possible to perform every stage of restorative or implant dentistry treatments on location. These on-site laboratories allow the dentists to help patients achieve beautiful, lasting results quickly and at a reduced cost.

To contact The Dental Implant Associates, visit their website at The North Chicago office is located at 6258 North Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60659, and can be contacted for appointments at 773-449-5037. The Oak Lawn office is located at 9839 Southwest Highway, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453, and can be contacted for appointments at 708-469-6388. The center's Facebook page can be found at

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