Teeth Whitening

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Our Teeth Whitening Treatments

Teeth whitening is a great option to produce a sparkling smile. With time, our teeth tend to become discolored or stained.  This is unavoidable and can be caused by several reasons. With the variety of teeth restoration choices available, an attractive smile may be a possibility. Here you will find a list of the several teeth whitening processes that we offer at Dental Care of Mt. Vernon.

Biolase eZlase™ 940 (Laser)

The Biolase eZlase™ 940 treatment makes use of the most powerful portable diode laser. This laser has been developed specifically for use in dentistry. The Biolase eZlase teeth whitening procedure makes use of a feature called ComfortPulse, which significantly reduces the time the laser takes.


Opalescence™ is a chemically activated power whitening gel that provides brighter, whiter teeth after just 40 minutes in the dental chair. The safe, powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide gel is chemically activated, doesn’t require a hot, uncomfortable light to work, and usually takes only one dental visit to achieve desired results.

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Take Home Trays

Take-home whitening trays are a type of teeth whitening procedure that you can perform at the comfort of your home. This is an easy and cost-effective teeth whitening treatment that can be easily obtained.


If you are looking for effective and efficient teeth whitening procedures in Mt. Vernon, Illinois with stringent quality standards and an excellent dentist, contact us at 618-244-9666. Not only does Dental Care of Mt. Vernon perform great teeth whitening procedures, but we will also ensure that you are well looked after and fully satisfied with each treatment.

Recommendations are given based on your current condition. If you need a teeth whitening procedure, our dentist at Dental Care of Mt. Vernon provides various teeth whitening products and teeth whitening kits. You may reach us at Dental Care of Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. We all love to have a dazzling smile.

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Types of Professional Teeth Cleanings

There are different types of teeth cleanings. When you visit our dental office, our dentist may perform a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. However, you might need an additional or alternate cleaning depending on your current oral health. After your examination, our dentist may determine which method is better for you.

Below are the different types of teeth cleanings we offer:

Regular Cleaning

A regular cleaning consists of our dentist eliminating stains, tartar, and plaque from your teeth. For patients with gum health issues, our dentist may recommend frequent visits for teeth cleaning.

 Full Mouth Debridement

Our dentist may recommend this teeth cleaning procedure if regular teeth cleaning does not work in your case. Full mouth debridement eliminates hard tartar and plaque from your teeth and gums.

Deep Cleaning

Our dentist may suggest deep cleanings if you have symptoms such as the buildup of tartar, plaque under the gums, bleeding gums, sensitive gums, deep gum pockets and such. Our dentist uses tools that properly target these dental issues.

Periodontal Maintenance

Our dentist may recommend periodontal maintenance after you have undergone treatment such as deep cleaning. Continuing maintenance on your oral health is essential, as recurrences of gum disease or plaque can occur. Additionally, periodontal care removes tartar and plaque from below and above the gum line, deep cleans your teeth, and is followed up by teeth polishing.

Regular Cleaning vs Dental Cleaning

Traditional methods of brushing, flossing and scrubbing cannot fight the germs and bacteria of today. It is highly important that you go to a dental office to get clear the bacteria that could cause problems later. Professional teeth cleaning can help clear up tartar and plaque that could seem difficult to remove. It involves tooth scaling, tooth polishing and debridement that weaken and remove deposits from the teeth, making them look brighter, cleaner and healthier.

Usually, this involves three steps:

  • Scaling:  When special tools are used to remove tartar build up from your gums.
  • Polishing: When your teeth are power brushed with a grainy paste to remove surface stains.
  • Flossing: When all the debris stuck between your teeth is removed.

Most dentists recommend teeth cleaning after every six months.  However, depending on the condition of your teeth, our dentist will talk to you about the number of visits you should schedule.

What happens during professional teeth cleaning 

Professional teeth-cleaning can easy, fast and highly effective. The most common practices involved in teeth-cleaning are listed below:

Discussion with our Dentist

Before anything else is done, our dentist will check your previous dental records to see whether you undertook any dental x-rays recently. Dental x-rays are important to get a clear picture of what is happening below the gum line, as well as detecting cavities and infections.  If you don’t have any recent dental x-rays on your file, no worries, our dentist will recommend one.

Gentle Cleansing of Teeth

This is one the first steps of the whole process. Our dentist will gently clean and remove all the plaque and tartar off your teeth. Furthermore, our dentist will also examine your teeth carefully for cavities, inflammation or decay.

Ultrasonic Brushing and Flossing

Once your teeth have been cleaned gently, our dentist will use ultrasonic brushing tools to polish your teeth. Special toothpaste is used to scrub your teeth for a flawless finish. After all the plaque and tartar is removed and the teeth are polished, our dentist will begin to floss.  This is done before your teeth are rinsed.   

Dental Examination

After the dentist cleans your teeth, she/he will inspect your dental health in detail. He will look at your teeth for dental decay in order to eliminate any such triggers before they become a problem.


You will proceed to rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash for a few minutes. Additionally, our dentist may recommend or consider applying fluoride directly on your teeth. This treatment neutralizes bacterial acids, and also takes care of your dental enamel. This fluoride treatment will also help you get rid of bad breath problems. You may also ask our dentist to recommend a good mouthwash for you to use at your own convenience.

Next Appointment

Our dentist will discuss your treatment and may suggest follow-up sessions depending on your condition.

Our dentist and staff are here waiting for you and will answer any questions you might have. Call us at 618-244-9666 for an appointment or come to our office today. Have your teeth cleaned by our dentist to improve your oral health and maintain a beautiful smile.