No matter how often you brush and floss, stains can still settle on your teeth. Aging, medications, foods, and beverages all play a role in your tooth color. And some people just have darker teeth than others. Most people want bright smiles for a youthful, healthy appearance. Dr. Alfe and her Chicago Smile Spa team are excited to offer several teeth whitening options for Chicago area patients. Dr. Alfe can help you decide which option is best for you, depending on how much time you want to spend, how much money you want to spend, and how white you want your teeth to be.
By far, Dr. Alfe’s most popular and predictable teeth whitening treatment is the revolutionary AcquaBrite™ deep bleaching system (our Premiere Whitening Program). Chicago Smile Spa is one of the only offices in the Chicagoland area to use this system, which doesn’t rely on harsh lamps or lasers, and produces amazing results. Many patients who have tried the light or laser teeth whitening systems have complained that their teeth were sensitive during and after the treatment. Dr. Alfe used the ZOOM! in-office whitening system for years but after learning about the AcquaBrite™ tooth bleaching system, she switched to that exclusively for her in-office whitening. Her patients now enjoy healthy, bright smiles with little to no sensitivity during or after treatment.
Dr. Alfe received specialized training in teeth whitening using the AcquaBrite™ system. This system makes it possible for patients who had been previously told they cannot whiten to achieve a brighter smile. It was developed to whiten even severely stained (like tetracycline stained) teeth with minimal to no sensitivity. In most cases it involves 2 45-minute office visits, 2 weeks apart, with the patient whitening at home, in between. Severely stained teeth may require 2 more weeks of at home whitening, followed by a third office visit.
AcquaBrite™ in-office teeth whitening features:
- No harsh lamps or lasers
- Long-term results
- Little-to-no post-whitening sensitivity
- Custom, reusable whitening trays
In addition to the AcquaBrite™ deep bleaching system, Dr. Alfe offers several other teeth bleaching choices to her patients. One of her at-home whitening options includes impressions and custom made trays to be used with NiteWhite bleach in a variety of concentrations depending on your tooth color and tooth sensitivity. The NiteWhite at-home option is best for patients with moderately stained teeth who cannot fit in-office whitening appointments into their schedule. It is also ideal for patients who have whitened in the past and know that they can tolerate sleeping with bleaching trays in their mouth overnight.
While we know that it’s not inexpensive to bleach your teeth, in most cases, the initial investment is a one-time cost. Dr. Alfe often talks to her female patients about how much money they spend on their hair every year. If you regularly color, highlight, cut and style your hair, you can easily spend upwards of $1000 annually, and you have to keep going back! Even with our Premiere Whitening Program, your one-time cost breaks down to less than $2/day that first year-that is less than most of us spend on Starbucks every day!
After that, your maintenance can be done in the privacy of your home for just around $100/year.
To learn more about teeth whitening options in Chicago or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerilyn Alfe, please contact Chicago Smile Spa or call (773) 355-4020 today. Dr. Alfe is proud to serve patients throughout the greater Chicagoland area including Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and surrounding Chicago communities.