Teeth Whitening

Everyone looks at a person’s mouth when they’re talking. The expressions on your face and the movements your mouth make, help to give emotion to whatever you’re saying. If your teeth are yellowed or dirty, there is a potential for the meaning of what you are saying to be easily misconstrued or taken differently. People may also look away in order to not cause any embarrassment. This can cause unwanted feelings just because the other party is getting the wrong message.

Teeth whitening is a fairly simple procedure and relatively inexpensive. This procedure is something that is recommended for every patient with an emphasis being placed on older individuals. Home remedies may show some results but getting this treatment from a professional will always show a much better smile. At City Dental Center, we are committed to providing the highest quality of dental care combined with a relaxing experience. We believe your needs are unique and for this reason we customize a treatment plan that is realistic and approved by you, whether it be simple preventive care or a total esthetic enhancement.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening or whitening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade.

Who Can Do Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist. Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there’s no dental professional present and it may put your oral health at risk. You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these may also carry risks and a lower quality result.

Who Can Do Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist. Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there’s no dental professional present and it may put your oral health at risk. You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these may also carry risks and a lower quality result.

Benefits of In-Office Teeth Whitening

Improved Confidence

A smile is one of the first tools people use to appraise you and your attitude. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Professional teeth whitening, brightens your smile and helps to remove persistent stains. They save you from embarrassment and boost your confidence with an attractive smile.

Oral Health Care is Improved

We can say anecdotally that patients who have whitened their teeth tend to show an improvement in their routine for oral health care. Experiencing the benefits of whiter teeth also causes one to be very vigilant when brushing, flossing, and having our skilled hygiene therapy visits.

Customized Treatments

With over-the-counter treatments, it’s a one-size-fits-all approach – there is no versatility. Each person cannot customize the product to fit his or her whitening preference. Professional whitening can be customized to give you the precise amount of whiteness that you’re looking for and in the areas that you need it most.

Easy to Maintain

You can also ask to have maintenance kits for whitening in your home. You can freshen up your white teeth with the custom-made trays and whitening gel when it suits you. In just 30-minute time, your teeth will improve their colour.

Long-Lasting Results

Backed by a good at home oral hygiene routine, the results of professional teeth whitening are long-lasting. Whitening agents available to dentists and dental hygienists contain stronger bleaching agents than you can buy over the counter.

A Brighter Smile

One of the huge cosmetic benefits of professional teeth whitening is that it instantly gives you a brighter, more appealing smile. A dentist or dental hygienist can get rid of deep stains that whitening toothpastes will have little if any impact on.

Speed and Reliability

A professional tooth whitening procedure can give you whiter teeth in around an hour. You do not require a series of sessions like other method. The results are reliable and with suggested home maintenance, it’s long-lasting. Many over-the-counter products have a reputation for not whitening your teeth despite how often you use them. Your smile deserves better because no one wants to waste time and money on products that don’t deliver great results.

Safer, More Comfortable Treatment

A professional whitening treatment is much safer and more comfortable because you have an experienced dental provider performing the procedure and monitoring the progress every step of the way. The amount and concentration of whitening agent can be adjusted and your gums are covered for protection. You will also receive tips on post-session care for your teeth and how to limit tooth sensitivity.

Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments

Stain Removal Toothpastes

All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. These toothpastes have additional polishing agents that are safe for your teeth and provide stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these types of ADA-Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.

Stain Removal Toothpastes

All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. These toothpastes have additional polishing agents that are safe for your teeth and provide stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these types of ADA-Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.

Over-the-Counter Bleaching Products

Teeth whitening and bleaching products are available in your local grocery stores as well as on online stores. Such products have less concentration of bleaching agents as used by dentists in the office.

In-Office Bleaching

In-office cleanings typically use hydrogen peroxides. The procedure typically involves a dentist applying peroxide gel, removing it and reapplying it several times. Professional whitening treatments can make teeth four to six shades whiter.

In-Office Bleaching

In-office cleanings typically use hydrogen peroxides. The procedure typically involves a dentist applying peroxide gel, removing it and reapplying it several times. Professional whitening treatments can make teeth four to six shades whiter.

At-Home Bleaching from Your Dentist

Dentists can prepare a custom-made tray to provide you with home whitening care. Your dentist will then provide you instructions on the bleaching solution and how to use it.

Why Opt for Teeth Whitening?

Extrinsic Stains

Extrinsic stains affect the surface of the enamel, which is the hard, outermost layer of teeth. Although tooth enamel can be easily stained, these stains can typically be removed or corrected. As a rule of thumb, any food or drink that can stain clothes can also stain your teeth. This is why dark colored foods, beverages and sauces like red wine, colas, chocolate, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, spaghetti sauce, and curries can discolor teeth. In addition, some fruits and vegetables have the potential to stain teeth – such as grapes, blueberries, cherries, beets and pomegranates.

Intrinsic Stains

Intrinsic stains occur within the inner structure of the tooth, called the dentin, making these stains more difficult to remove. Numerous medications can cause intrinsic stains on teeth. If children take the antibiotics tetracycline or doxycycline while their teeth are still developing (before the age of 8), their teeth may turn brownish-yellow.

The issue can be diagnosed by the dentist and resolved with a suitable treatment such as a root canal, filling, etc. A part of your tooth will still be at risk for further damage. This can be prevented by placing a dental crown on the tooth.

Additional Causes

Besides stains, some other causes of discolored teeth include genetics, age, illness and injuries. Heredity is also the reason why some individuals have naturally brighter or thicker tooth enamel than others. You may simply be born with teeth that appear more yellow (or whiter) compared to other people’s teeth. Part of this has to do with the thickness of your enamel, which is semi-translucent. If you have a thin layer of enamel, the true color of your naturally yellowish dentin will show through.

Why Choose City Dental Center

We Provide Adults and Children With the Best Possible Dental Care

Our clinic is built on the desire to make every patient comfortable with dentistry. We view each patient (both young & old) as a unique individual. We strive to provide you and your family with a positive and comfortable dental experience. Our staff is selected on experience, skill, education, training and personality. The result is a staff that delivers an absolutely unmatched professional, yet personal, dental care, designed to make you feel unique and cared for, on dental visits.

We Provide Adults and Children With the Best Possible Dental Care

Our clinic is built on the desire to make every patient comfortable with dentistry. We view each patient (both young & old) as a unique individual. We strive to provide you and your family with a positive and comfortable dental experience. Our staff is selected on experience, skill, education, training and personality. The result is a staff that delivers an absolutely unmatched professional, yet personal, dental care, designed to make you feel unique and cared for, on dental visits.

We Use the Highest Quality, State-of-the-Art Materials

We utilize the most advanced techniques available in the profession. We do not take shortcuts in our patient treatment. Treatment is provided in a state-of-the-art, modern facility with a friendly, fun and caring environment. Our Game Room is available to children of all ages. We take pride in developing relationships with our patients and their families. We ensure that your treatment visits are pleasant and enjoyable. We take the burden off of the paperwork and focus on patient care. Call us at 416-699-5577 to schedule your appointment.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

In most cases, the common cause for tooth discolouration is external staining as a result of drinking coffee, tea, or wine, or from smoking and other tobacco use.

Teeth whitening is temporary, in a very short time, people who expose their teeth to certain foods and drinks feel that the whiteness of their teeth start to fade. People who avoid beverages and food that cause stains can wait one year or more for touch-up or whitening treatment.

There are several methods to lighten your teeth that make every individual respond in a hundred ways to different whitening treatments. All whitening approaches function either by bleaching or non-bleaching treatments.

In-office bleaching provides the quickest way to whiten teeth. With in-office bleaching, the whitening product is applied directly to the teeth. These products can be used in combination with heat, a special light, or a laser. Results are seen in only one, 30- to 60-minute treatment.

The skilled teeth whitening program will usually help those with good gums and teeth seeking to brighten up their face. The removal of stains from teeth, including nicotine, coffee, tea, tetracycline, and many other tooth stains, has been shown to be highly efficient. A professional teeth whitening system will have no impact on existing dental work.

The whitening tone varies from client to client and no one guarantees or predicts. There are 6 to 12 shades of white colour. You can expect the result from the whitening shades of teeth. It is easy to whiten uniformly darkened teeth, surface stains and brown teeth. If you need certain shades or your teeth are heavily stained, then you may need additional whitening.

Sensitivity from tooth whitening is temporary. After treatment of teeth whitening sensitivity goes away within one to two days.

Whitening will not affect or change original shade, it only removes existing stains during restorations.

Your dentist will guide you about eating and drinking before the procedure. In most cases it is recommended not to eat anything before six years. You should drink lots of water after the procedure. You can ask your dentist about the type of food you can consume after the procedure and it depends on procedure and sedation.

Professional teeth whitening is worth it. When you just need to have a better, brighter smile, the pros know what they’re doing and can give you the best results.