TEETH WHITENING - SMILE ENHANCEMENTS
Achieving the beautiful, brilliant smile you want may be as simple as having a professional teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening can effectively remove stains caused by cigarette smoking, drinking cola, coffee, tea, red wine, aging and chemical damage to teeth. With the aid of your dental team, the results can be long-lasting and dazzling!
It's important to know the difference between professional teeth whitening at your dental clinic, and other types of drugstore whitening products. Click here for a comparison.
What are my options?
In-office Kool Lite Whitening: Kool Lite Whitening is an in-office whitening procedure that can give you a dazzling whiter smile in as little as 15 minutes!
During the whitening procedure, you will be fitted with a compact gel-lined tray positioned carefully in your mouth. To protect your gums from potential irritation, vitamin E oil will be applied before the procedure begins. Next, an LED light will be applied to the gel tray to activate the whitening gel ingredients, giving you a whiter brighter smile in just minutes!
One-hour chair-side whitening: Chair-side whitening is an in-office procedure where a dental professional applies a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to the targeted teeth, and then applies a special light to the gel to accelerate the whitening process. Special care is taken to protect the gums and surrounding tissues while the whitening procedure is in progress. The laser whitening procedure may be repeated until the desired shade is achieved.
Your teeth can become up to 10 shades whiter in as little as one hour!
At-home teeth whitening system: An at-home teeth whitening system may be prescribed by your dentist. To use at-home whitening, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth for custom-fitted whitening trays and supply you with a whitening gel. The whitening gel is placed inside the custom whitening trays to hold the whitening agent against your teeth. When using an at-home whitening kit it is important to follow the instructions carefully and to visit your dentist regularly so your progress can be properly assessed.
An at-home teeth whitening system allows you to professionally whiten teeth under the supervision of a dentist, in the comfort of your own home!
How can we help? Teeth whitening services are available at all of our Altima & BrightSmile Dental Centres. Our dentists analyze your smile to determine which teeth whitening treatment is best for you. Contact us for your complimentary teeth whitening consultation* today.
Considerations for teeth whitening
The results of teeth whitening can be spectacular. However, anterior (front) white fillings or dental crowns may be exclusionary from the teeth whitening process. That is, your natural tooth enamel may be whitened while the colour of your dental restorations remains the same. Also, if your teeth are severely stained, veneers may be a more appropriate option. For these reasons, you should always discuss teeth whitening options with your dentist to determine which teeth whitening treatment will best suit your needs.
Is professional teeth whitening harmful to my teeth in any way?
No. Professional teeth whitening products do not compromise the existing structure of your tooth enamel and have been subject to a multitude of studies for more than a decade, proving them to be safe and effective. The key is proper application.
Our dentists know that their top priority is to protect your oral health. Over-the-counter bleaching agents and products can cause harm to the gums and teeth if not applied properly. This is why teeth whitening should be prescribed and supervised by your dentist.
How long does professional teeth whitening last?
Depending on many factors, professional teeth whitening may last from 6 months to 2 years. However, all teeth tend to darken with time. The longevity of professional teeth whitening procedures is dependent on several factors including eating habits, age and your genetic make-up.
Tooth darkening can be caused by poor quality tooth enamel, enamel wear, tetracycline staining, smoking, chewing tobacco, tea, coffee, red wine, cola, certain spices and the use of abrasive toothpastes. You can prolong the effects of your whitening treatment by avoiding or limiting the use and intake of the above items, and maintaining good oral hygiene with regular dental visits.
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