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Teeth Whitening

Chapko and Shah Modern Dentistry serve the Belvidere and surrounding communities in Boone County, Butler County, McHenry County, Ogle County, and Winnebago County.

What can I expect from teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening can restore natural brilliance to smiles that have been stained and discolored over time.

Teeth are made up of several layers. The tooth’s darker layer, dentin, can become exposed as tooth enamel is worn down.

Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth’s enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.

One type of stain—caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis—actually begins inside the tooth; brushing and flossing don’t help. Another type of stain—one that can be more easily attacked by brushing, flossing and rinsing—is caused by external factors such as foods.

More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.

Some commercially available “teeth whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel.

Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored, composite fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case).

Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method; done properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years. Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely.

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Meet Dr. Shefali Shah

Dr. Shah is a member of the AGD and ADA. She enjoys practicing all phases of dentistry and the variety of treatment general and cosmetic dentistry has to offer. Patient comfort is very important to Dr. Shah, she is always sure to use a gentle touch and advanced techniques to ensure her patients have a positive and effective experience.

General Dentistry

Dental Exams, Tooth Decay / Cavities / Root Canal Therapy / Sealants / Tooth Colored Fillings

Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Veneers, Porcelain Crowns / Invisalign Clear Braces / Teeth Whitening / Dental Bridges

Who Choose Us?

Your dentist for teeth whitening.

Smiling isn’t something you should be afraid to do! If you’ve been practicing in the mirror on how to hide your not-so-pearly whites, talk to us about teeth whitening at Chapko and Associates today!

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