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Teeth Whitening Dentist
How does tooth whitening work?
The natural colour of your teeth can be lightened with whitening without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It won’t change the colour entirely, but it might make the hue lighter. A teeth whitening dentist can whiten your teeth at the dental clinic, but there are other options you may consider.
What makes tooth whitening necessary?
Several factors could influence your decision to have your teeth whitened. As each person is unique, so are their teeth, which can vary just as much as their hair and skin tone. Most people don’t have perfectly white teeth; our teeth may also get more discoloured as we age.
Foods and beverages like tea, coffee, red wine, and blackcurrant can stain your teeth on the outside. Using tobacco can also discolour teeth.
Tartar and “calculus” can also impact the colour of your teeth. Some people may have discoloration beneath the surface, which can be brought on by some medications or by tiny fractures in the teeth that absorb stains.
What does tooth whitening entail?
The most popular form of tooth whitening is professional whitening. Your dental team will be able to determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure and will oversee it if you are. The dental experts will first cover your gums with a gel or rubber covering to protect them.
Then, using a custom-made tray that fits in your mouth like a mouthguard, they will apply the teeth-whitening solution to your teeth.
Typically, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is the product’s “active component.” As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen enters the tooth enamel, lightening the colour of the teeth.
How long does this process take?
Usually, the entire course of treatment can be completed in three to four weeks. You will first require two or three dental appointments. At your initial appointment, your dental staff will take impressions for the mouthguard that will need to be made.
It would be best if you continued the therapy at home after your dental team has begun. This entails consistently using the whitening agent for two to four weeks, 30 minutes to an hour.
However, some recent treatments can now be used for up to about eight hours. This implies that you can achieve your desired outcome in as little as one week.
What other processes exist?
There is currently ‘power whitening’ or laser whitening. To protect the gums during this process, a rubber dam is placed over your teeth, and a whitening agent is painted on them. The chemical is activated by shining a light or laser on the teeth.
The light accelerates the whitening product’s reaction, making the colour change possible more quickly. It’s said that laser whitening can lighten teeth by up to five or six shades.
How much does bleaching your teeth cost?
The cost will differ from practice to practice and region to area. Professional bleaching is more expensive than laser or power whitening. Before beginning any therapy, we advise that you obtain a written cost estimate.
How long will the whitening last on my teeth?
Up to three years are estimated to pass before whitening effects wear off. However, this will differ from person to person. If you smoke and consume stains-causing foods or beverages, the impact won’t likely remain as long. Before beginning the procedure, get the advice of your dental staff.
What adverse consequences are there?
Some individuals may notice that their teeth become more sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Some people may experience sore throats, white spots along the gum line, or gum irritation. These symptoms should go away within a few days of the treatment’s end because they are often transient.
Contact your dentist if any of these side effects persist.
How about kits for at-home bleaching?
The market is flooded with home whitening solutions, including paint-on and strip whiteners. Depending on how much of a whitening agent they have, these can vary in effectiveness.
Although home kits are less expensive, they frequently lack safety checks and are more acidic. Therefore, there is a possibility that these products will harm your gums and teeth. Because tooth whitening is a complicated process, we urge that you always see your dentist before beginning the procedure.
Home kit laws differ from nation to nation. The maximum amount of peroxide legally included in a kit marketed in Europe is 0.1%, which is far too little to be useful. Home whitening is more popular in other nations where stronger peroxide is permitted.
However, you must exercise caution because some online kit sales may include mild acids and abrasives.
What about whitening toothpaste?
There are several whitening toothpastes available. Although they don’t change the colour of your teeth, they might be helpful for eradicating stains. As a result, they could enhance the overall appearance of your teeth. Once your teeth have been professionally whitened, whitening toothpaste may help the effect remain longer.
Can a single tooth with a root filling be whitened?
Yes. After receiving a root filling, dead teeth can occasionally become discoloured. The canal, which once held the nerve, may be reopened if the tooth has had root canal therapy. To whiten the teeth, the whitening agent is applied internally.
When does my teeth whitening fail?
Only your current tooth colour can be lightened by teeth whitening. Additionally, it only functions on natural teeth. Any “fake” tooth, including veneers, crowns, and dentures, will not be supported by it.
Ask your dental experts to clean your dentures if they are soiled or discoloured.
How can I maintain my teeth after they have been whitened?
By consuming fewer foods and beverages that might discolour teeth, you can help maintain them white. Remember that quitting smoking can aid in avoiding stains and discoloration.
For maintaining good oral health, we advise the following:
- With fluoride toothpaste, brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one more during the day.
- Limit your intake of sugar-laden foods and beverages.
- As frequently as your dental team advises, schedule routine visits.
Advanced White Teeth Whitening Clinics in the Toronto GTA offers professional in-clinic teeth whitening services. Teeth whitening cost between $149 to $179.
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