Tooth Whitening – In-Office and at Home

"How Can I Get A Whiter Smile?"

When you look in the mirror in the morning, do your teeth seem to be discolored no matter how much you brush? There’s a possibility that the enamel of your teeth has become stained and is in need of being whitened. There are hundreds of over-the-counter solutions for teeth whitening, but they aren’t able to address all the causes of dental staining. Thankfully there are in-office solutions for these cases. Determining whether you’ll be able to benefit from over-the-counter whitening products or if you’ll need the advanced whitening available from your dentist is best done by making an appointment.

What Affects The Color Of My Teeth?

Food and Drink

After many years, certain food and drinks can affect the color of your teeth. Things like coffee and wine are known to cause teeth stains over time. 

Natural Causes

Your teeth can become discolored due to enamel breakdowns in aging. The combination of existing stains and aging can cause permanent teeth color alterations. 

Smoking

Smoking is infamous for causing yellow teeth quickly. Tobacco is taken orally, by smoking or chewing, so it is no surprise that this is one of the leading causes of discolored teeth. 

Poor Hygiene

Without proper dental hygiene (regular flossing and brushing), stains can build up and set in permanently. 

 

The Teeth Whitening Process and What to Expect

Your Whitening Appointment

  • You can usually get the evaluation, preparation, and teeth whitening procedure done in the same appointment. We offer Zoom Bleaching to help rid of stains.
  • We will perform cleaning of the enamel primarily for best results.
  • We will apply a whitening gel (hydrogen peroxide-based) carefully to your teeth. This entire process takes about 15 minutes, and you will receive about 3-4 applications of the gel. 

     

Teeth Whitening After Care

  • Schedule regular dentist exams (every 6 months) 
  • Proper dental hygiene
  • Yearly dental X-ray to ensure implant health

How Do Teeth Whiteners Work?

When you look in the mirror in the morning, do your teeth seem to be discolored no matter how much you brush? There’s a possibility that the enamel of your teeth has become stained and is in need of being whitened. There are hundreds of over-the-counter solutions for teeth whitening, but they aren’t able to address all the causes of dental staining. Thankfully there are in-office solutions for these cases. Determining whether you’ll be able to benefit from over-the-counter whitening products or if you’ll need the advanced whitening available from your dentist is best done by making an appointment.

Approximately 85% of all Canadians wish they had a smile that was whiter than what they see in the mirror each day. Teeth whiteners contain a solution that includes varying amounts of peroxide, with higher levels of peroxide indicating a strong solution. Strengths range from 10% peroxide to 40%, with the latter only being available from your dentist. Regardless of the strength of the peroxide mix, whiteners will never be able to make your teeth lighter than their natural color.

How Can I Avoid Needing My Teeth Whitened?

Once your teeth are stained, nothing but a whitening treatment will restore their original color. There are choices you can make to avoid having to undergo a dental whitening. It starts with regular and consistent dental hygiene practices that include twice a day brushing, flossing, and the use of an anti-bacterial mouthwash. You will also want to avoid tooth staining practices and food, such as smoking, drinking red wine, and darkly colored foods like blueberries.

Frequently Asked Question

This is entirely dependent on how the discoloration in your teeth happened. If the stain is only surface deep, you may be able to benefit from over-the-counter teeth whiteners. Stubborn surface stains will require assistance from your dentist, but the methods will largely resemble those used in over-the-counter treatments, simply at a higher strength. In cases where the discoloration is caused by tetracycline treatments or as part of a root canal, other options may have to be pursued. If this is the case, your dentist will discuss the details with you and give advice about which is best for your case.

The most common side-effect of dental whitening is an, often temporary, increase in dental sensitivity. This often happens when patients overuse over-the-counter whitening products or don’t follow the directions given with take-home treatments from their dentist. Gum irritation can also result if the whitening substance is allowed to come in contact with the gums. These risks are largely mitigated when having a dentist perform the whitening procedure, though sensitivity can still occur.

Dunwin Dental helps patients throughout the Mississauga area make the right choice for their whitening needs. If you’re looking for a way to bring the bright white sheen back to your natural teeth, it’s time to reach out to our offices at 407-920-5612 for an appointment.

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