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A brilliant attractive smile conveys confidence and vitality. as we age, our teeth naturally darken. one of the most popular ways to enhance your smile and improve your appearance, is teeth whitening. patients can visit the dentist on their 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, chairside teeth whitening with carbamide peroxide and/or hydrogen peroxide is safe for both teeth and gums. you can choose from in office whitening for an immediate transformation, or take home kits, which will gradually brighten your smile over a few weeks.

Why Teeth Stain

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.

you can develop teeth staining from a variety of causes including:

  • Beverages such as coffee, teas, and pop
  • Aging
  • Medication (antibiotic) staining
  • Trauma
  • Disease
  • Genetics
  • Tobacco
  • Excessive fluoride
  • Insufficient oral hygiene
  • Nerve degeneration

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. if you choose to begin immediately, you can relax and listen to music while we remove stains and transform your smile from blah to brilliant.

FAQs about teeth whitening

What are my options for teeth whitening?

With teeth whitening, patients can choose either in office or at home whitening. For office whitening, we cover your lips and gums before applying a thin coating of gel on your teeth. In one appointment, you can leave with a brilliant new smile. four at home whitening, we will take molds of your teeth and supply you with custom molds as well as professional grade whitening solution. simply apply a thin layer of gel to the trays and wear them as directed each day. Most patients notice a difference in 10 to 14 days, and the full impact will appear at the end of the whitening time period.

Does teeth whitening work?

Professional teeth whitening can safely and effectively remove surface stains and renew your smile. Products like BriteSmile can lighten your teeth 10 to 12 shades in no time. Good oral hygiene, regular visits to the dentist, and avoidance of products that stain will keep your smile looking fantastic.

What is the difference between professional teeth whitening and the kits I can buy from the drugstore?

Drugstore 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.

What if teeth whitening won’t work?

In some cases, especially where deep intrinsic stains exist, teeth whitening may not be the best option. We will review your case and can recommend other alternatives, like porcelain veneers or cosmetic crowns, if teeth whitening doesn’t fit your situation.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Many dentists considered teeth bleaching the safest cosmetic procedure available today. With careful supervision, you can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades and take years off your appearance.

What about side effects?

Some patients develop mild sensitivity after whitening. Time and toothpaste that alleviates the sensation will help minimize any discomfort you feel.