Have you been thinking about a bright, white smile lately? We also offer teeth whitening treatments.
First step: Dental check-up
Before beginning a teeth whitening treatment, we need to determine why your teeth have changed colour. We also need to ensure that your oral health will allow for this type of treatment, that your enamel will respond well to it and that the results will meet your expectations.
Finally, teeth whitening treatments are done on clean, cavity-free teeth. This is why your teeth may need a professional cleaning a few weeks before beginning your treatment.
How are teeth whitened?
The active ingredient used is hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. The solution breaks up dark molecules found inside the enamel.
The concentration of peroxide varies depending on the treatment. The higher the content of active agents, the shorter the exposure—and vice versa.
This procedure starts with applying a protective gel on gums to prevent irritation. Then, successive coats of whitening agent are applied. After each application, teeth are exposed to a heat or light source. In-clinic whitening treatments take about an hour.
Results are immediate although some touch-ups are required after a few months. An in-clinic treatment can also be followed by dentist-supervised at-home teeth whitening.
Dentist-supervised at-home teeth whitening
For this option, dental impressions are needed to create custom-made whitening trays.
At home, you fill the trays with whitening gel and wear them for a predetermined amount of time, either a few hours a day or overnight. This type of treatment takes about two weeks.
Your teeth will get progressively whiter and, since you’ll have the trays and whitening gel, you can do touch-ups as needed.
Things to consider before starting a teeth whitening treatment
- Whitening your teeth can lead to tooth sensitivity during the treatment. Let us know if you experience tooth or gum sensitivity.
- If you suffer from gingivitis, periodontitis or advanced cavities, you should refrain from any teeth whitening treatments.
- A teeth whitening treatment won’t change the colour of fillings, veneers or crowns. If you have any of these restorations, they will probably need to be replaced so that they match your other teeth.
- Significant discoloration may require a longer treatment.
- Avoid smoking before and after the treatment.
- For long-lasting results, avoid dark foods and drinks like red wine, coffee, colas and spices.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women cannot undergo teeth whitening treatments.
A brighter smile will boost your self-esteem and your self-confidence. It will leave you smiling from ear to ear!