Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there is a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours.
Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with fluoride-containing toothpaste, cleaning between their teeth once a day and the regular cleanings at your dentist. If you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, here are some of your options.
Whitening treatments may not correct all types of discolouration. For example, yellowish hued teeth will probably whiten nicely where brownish-coloured teeth may not whiten as well and greyish-hued teeth may not whiten at all. Likewise, whitening will not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-coloured fillings placed on your front teeth. The whitener will not affect the colour of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or bonding.
Professional Teeth Whitening
If whitening is suitable for your needs, we may suggest a procedure that can be done in our practice. This is called chair-side whitening and may require more than one visit.
During chair-side whitening, we will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent.
This is a simple, yet effective procedure. With the results varying on each person, you will be advised of your colour change.
At Home Teeth Whitening
It is also possible to use whitening treatments at home. Upon visiting us, we will take impressions of your teeth and custom make a tray for your whitening solution. Once this has been fitted, we will give you the whitening treatment to take home. You will be told how often to use the product and for how long to wear the trays as well as the results you can expect.
Some people experience their teeth can becoming sensitive during the period when using the whitening solution. In many cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation—either from a tray that doesn’t fit properly or from the solution that may have come in contact with the tissues. If you have concerns about such side effects, please talk to us about it and we will answer any questions you have.
If you haven’t had your teeth whitened, why not book an appointment today or contact us for further information.