A brilliant, attractive smile conveys confidence and vitality!
When considering a teeth whitening treatment, you should consult a dentist to determine the cause of your dental discoloration and determine if such treatment will have the desired effects. This is especially important for patients with extremely dark fillings, root canal treatments, crowns and dark spots on anterior teeth.
One of the most popular ways to enhance your smile and improve your appearance is teeth whitening. Patients can visit the dentist at lunch and leave with a stunning, white smile. With teeth whitening, we can bleach the enamel to remove discolorations and stains from teeth. Research and clinical studies show that under the supervision of your dentist, chair-side teeth whitening with carbamide peroxide and/or hydrogen peroxide is safe for both teeth and gums.
We offer take-home kits, which will gradually brighten your smile over a few weeks.
Why Teeth Stain
The color of our teeth darkens naturally with age and the use of tobacco products as well as the consumption of certain foods (soy sauce, tomato sauce, beetroot, curry, turmeric, red fruits, sweets) or drinks (coffee, tea , red wine, cola,) can affect their appearance by causing spots on their surface. There are also other causes responsible for the color change of the teeth, such as:
- Medication (antibiotic)
- Fluoride – chronic and excessive ingestion during enamel formation
- Inadequate oral hygiene
- Nerve degeneration
Tooth stains fall into two categories, extrinsic and intrinsic stains. The extrinsic, or external, stains only impact the surface of the teeth. Intrinsic stains are present inside the teeth and are harder to remove than extrinsic stains. Usually, extrinsic stains look yellow or brown, while internal stains are typically grey or blue in colour.
Taking the First Step
During your initial visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums. At that time, the doctor will explain the recommendations and discuss your options.
For home teeth whitening kits, we take prints of your teeth and make tailor-made gutters for you. We will also provide you with syringes containing a professional quality carbamide peroxide whitening gel.
You will need to apply a thin layer of gel to the inside of the gutters before putting them in the mouth, according to the instructions given to you by the clinic staff.
FAQs about Teeth Whitening
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is a safe procedure when performed under the supervision of a dentist or dental hygienist. Before starting this treatment, it is essential that:
- you have a complete dental exam with your dentist, to ensure that the condition of your teeth allows the use of a whitening product.
- you have a teeth cleaning with a dental hygienist.
What is the difference between professional teeth whitening and the kits from the drug store?
Drug store whitening kits don’t have the strength that professional grade whitening provides, so many times, patients won’t achieve the results they desire. As well, these whitening kits often irritate gums and soft tissue because they aren’t customized to fit your mouth.
Does teeth whitening last a long time?
To maintain the whiteness of your teeth, after treatment, it is important to have good oral hygiene, to visit your dentist regularly and to limit the consumption of foods that stain tooth enamel.
What happens if the money laundering does not work?
In some cases, especially when deep stains exist, teeth whitening may not be the best option. We will then examine your case and can recommend other possibilities, such as porcelain veneers or aesthetic crowns.
What about side effects?
Some patients develop mild sensitivity after whitening. Time and toothpaste that alleviates this sensation will help minimize any discomfort you feel.