Teeth naturally darken with age and their appearance can be affected by the accumulation of surface stains. Although teeth are not naturally meant to be completely white, many Canadians want a brighter smile.
One of the most common and cost effective tools of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive treatment used to brighten the colour of your teeth and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
There are a number of ways to whiten teeth. A popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth significantly. However, it should be noted that this method, also called bleaching, only works on natural tooth enamel. Hence, it may be recommended that some more visible fillings and crowns be replaced in order to better match the new colour of your teeth after bleaching. The replacement of any previous restorations will be done after the bleaching process so that they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. In order to maintain your new bright smile, touch-ups may be required every few years – or possibly more frequently if you smoke, drink coffee, tea or wine.
Before proceeding with any tooth whitening system, you should consult your dentist. Taking into account your unique oral health conditions, your dentist will be able to determine if you are a candidate for Kanata tooth whitening.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
- Whiten teeth affected by flourosis (white patches on teeth caused by excessive fluoridation during tooth development),
- Clean away stains caused by normal wear and tear of your teeth,
- Whiten teeth stained by medications, such as tetracycline, and
- Do away with unsightly yellow or browned teeth caused by the consumption of cigarettes, coffee, tea and red wine.
What’s involved in tooth whitening:
The home whitening system usually requires two visits. At your first appointment at our Kanata dental office a mold will be taken of your mouth in order to fabricate custom, clear plastic trays, which will fit over your teeth.
On your next visit to our office, you will try the trays on for fit and adjustments will be made if necessary. You will also be provided the rest of your kit to bring home and be taught how to use it.
At home you will place a small amount of whitening gel into your custom trays either twice daily for a specified time or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the product. The number of days you will repeat this process will depend on the degree of staining and your desired level of whitening.
It is important to know that not everyone’s teeth will “whiten” to the same degree. This depends on the severity of the discolouration as well as the natural colour of your teeth. The perception of the colour of your teeth is also influenced by skin tone.
Most patients will experience some level of increased sensitivity to hot and cold after they have started their whitening treatment. Some patients may find that the soft tissue of the gums can become sensitive or irritated. This, however, is temporary and should subside shortly after you have completed your course of treatment.