Professional teeth whitening treatment is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today, and for a good reason. Whitened teeth lighten up the face and make the lips a focal point giving your features instantly rejuvenated look.
Within just about an hour the natural color of your teeth can be lightened up to 8 shades, with the starting condition of your enamel determining how much whitening can be achieved.
Professional whitening treatments performed by our dentist use a laser energy to accelerate the process of bleaching as well as making it penetrate deeper. The effects of bleaching can last for several months, but may vary depending on your maintenance and lifestyle.
Your consultation will determines your suitability, as well as possible recommendations for repeat sessions, before the whitening is performed. Our dentist will examine your teeth and gums and polish away any superficial stains. A sparkle and polish treatment is also carried out using our Airflow technique.
Whitening treatment starts with inserting of a plastic mouthpiece to protect the lips and tongue. A barrier solution is placed on the gums to protect them, followed by application of a treatment solution to the entire surface of the teeth, A Zoom! laser will then be directed at teeth, designed to reduce yellow staining and help return teeth to their earlier, natural, brighter colour.
You should not eat or drink dark, staining substances for 24 hours after the session. These include coffee, tea, red wine and coke; smoking should also be avoided.
No, only natural teeth will be affected. Crowns, fillings and other dental work will remain the same colour, although some surface stains may be removed. If you have veneers or crowns, the only way to lighten them is to replace them, as there will be a color difference between your natural teeth and your ceramic restorations.
You can expect your teeth to be up to eight shades lighter and instantly brighter following the treatment. Result will last from six months to two years. As with most whitening procedures, though clinically proven safe for the teeth, skin and gums, a small percentage of patients may experience temporarily increased tooth sensitivity. Following your treatment you may also be sent home with a custom fitted trays made by our dentist as a used at-home Kit.
Our professional dental bleaching trays for at-home use are made to fit your individual teeth, which will maximize comfort and lessen sensitivity and irritation because they fit better and the solution used to bleach the teeth reaches precisely into your teeth. Custom-fitted home trays are an easy way to keep your smile white and bright, with the best results achieved through a combination of in-clinic whitening, followed by at-home maintenance. Teeth whitening trays custom-fitted to your smile allow you to maintain and enhance your results, providing quick touch-ups when needed.
Teeth whitening is addressing the source of your stains and our dentist will help you determine if teeth whitening treatment is right for you. Typical problems are due to following:
Years of drinking red wine, coffee, tea, soda and even certain foods and smoking, coupled with natural pigment changes with age and the day-to-day wear and tear that your teeth are exposed to can cause stains and discoloration to arise that can be eliminated with a professional cleaning or bleaching.
White spots, also known as calcification, can result from too much fluoride during childhood or orthodontics during adolescence. Teeth whitening treatments can actually make these imperfections more obvious in the early stages of treatment, since they respond faster, so it can take a few weeks for the rest of the tooth to catch up.
The yellow or brown stains caused by the nicotine, tar and other chemicals found in cigarettes can be minimized with regular cleanings and bleaching, but more severe stains may require a longer course of whitening with trays at home.
There’s a genetic aspect to the color of the teeth and some people just have brighter enamel and dentin and teeth that respond well to whitening treatments.
When taken during childhood, certain kind of antibiotics, such as tetracycline, can deposit a layer of medicine with the developing tooth layer and turn the tooth blue, gray or dark brown. These stains are generally unresponsive to whitening treatments, and are often best addressed with veneers.
A lone, dark tooth usually results from trauma that cuts off blood supply to the tooth and leads to the death of the nerve. In these cases, you need to make sure the tooth has been treated from a root canal perspective. In addition to bleaching, a veneer or crown can be considered option.
Our dentist will advise you to address any untreated cavities before your teeth can be whitened as the bleaching solution can potentially seep into the decay and inner tooth, causing extreme sensitivity. If you are considering tooth whitening, please make an appointment to see our dentist to get all the details on how teeth whitening can work for you.