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Professional Teeth Whitening at Benjamin Turnwald Dentistry

We are excited for you to begin your at-home whitening treatment!

Here are some DOs & DON’Ts, along with instructions to help you reach your whitening goals:

  • Opalescence 45% gel is a 15-30 min treatment that you wear for 7-10 days

  • Be sure to add just a small dot of gel, the size of a peppercorn, in the tray to each tooth that you are whitening

  • Use your finger or tongue to adjust trays, so they fit snugly against your teeth

  • This may cause the gel to overflow onto your gum tissue, so use a damp, cool washcloth to remove excess

  • The gel may cause discomfort to your gums but will heal within a couple of days

  • Vitamin E oil is a great resource to reduce any irritation

  • We recommend using Sensodyne toothpaste while you are whitening to help reduce any sensitivity you may experience


  • Brush before and after each treatment. Use your toothbrush to remove the excess gel from tray

  • Bag, date, and refrigerate any leftover gel. The gel’s ingredients will remain active for 18 months in the fridge, which is great for touchup treatments!

  • Dependent upon your habits, touchup treatments may be needed every 6-9 months

  • Touch-up treatments are only 3-4 days!


  • Avoid drinking anything dark in color during the 7-10 day treatment

  • For example: coffee, tea, red wine, craft beer, Coke, or Pepsi

  • Don’t overfill your whitening trays; a little goes a very long way

Please call us with any questions 847-310-9090, and we look forward to seeing your pearly whites!




There are so many options for professional teeth whitening, WHICH ONE IS THE BEST?!

Don’t worry! The team at Benjamin Turnwald Dentistry is here to help!


At our office, we offer professional whitening options that we are confident you will love!  Here are three options so YOU can choose what is best for your smile.


1. In-office whitening. This whitening technique is all done in a couple of hours, and over the next few days, your optimal whitened shade will appear! 

We use a product called Boost, similar to Zoom whitening systems, and this is done completely at Benjamin Turnwald Dentistry in Schaumburg, IL. We isolate the teeth, and the patient has 3 sessions of whitening “gel” that is applied and takes up to a total of 2 hours. This option is best for patients that would like to have it done in ALL IN ONE DAY, and who does NOT like to have anything in their mouth since our other options are trays that need to be worn for short periods of time each day.


2. Custom whitening trays perfectly made to fit your teeth!

The wonderful ladies at Benjamin Turnwald Dentistry take impressions at our office, and our talented dental assistants make beautiful whitening trays out of a comfortable plastic material for the patients to wear at home. We then give each patient whitening gel to apply to the whitening trays and wear for 15-20 minutes once per day.  Initially, we recommend using the whitening gel for 10 days, unless the patient experiences any cold sensitivity.

We love this option because you keep the trays, and if a “touch up” is needed due to coffee or wine staining, you have the trays at home and more gel can be applied (for as many days as you would like) to achieve that pearly white smile once again!

3. Professional Go White Strips 

These are similar to Crest white strips but can only be bought from a professional dental office such as Benjamin Turnwald Dentistry. What is so great about Go White strips is they are a much more comfortable fit for your teeth compared to those that can be bought online or at the store. These also only have to be worn for 30 minutes, once a day, and are a nice option if a patient needs something quick. Again, this option does not require any dental impressions or time in our office but is only available at Dr. Turnwald’s!


We love talking about whitening at Benjamin Turnwald Dentistry, and if there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or ask us at your next clinical cleaning appointment.

If any of your friends or family near Schaumburg IL, Roselle IL, or Hoffman Estates IL are looking for a dentist who has professional whitening options, WE are here to lend a helping hand! There is nothing more exciting for us than seeing a whitening patient’s before and after!


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