Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening is a simple yet effective procedure that lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discolouration.  Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, because it can significantly improve how your teeth look.  The most common reasons for teeth to become yellow or stained are: aging, tobacco, tea, and coffee.  All of these can stain the surface of the teeth. It is also possible to have stains that are inside the tooth.  These are called intrinsic stains and can be caused by things like exposure to tetracycline or too much fluoride when the teeth are forming.  Tooth whitening is most effective on surface stains caused by smoking, age, foods or drinks.  Due to the fact that certain types of stain respond better to different types of whitening materials, whitening is best accomplished under the direction of a dental professional.  To obtain the best results, it is recommended that a professional cleaning be completed and any tooth decay treated before whitening is commenced.  Whitening will not work on exposed root surfaces, or on fillings, crowns and veneers.

We offer in-office whitening, as well as several options for home whitening.  The risks of whitening are minimal.  Some people temporarily experience sensitive teeth while whitening.  We can suggest products and steps to try to minimize any sensitivity.  Mild gum irritation can occur if the product is not used as prescribed.  The effect of the whitening materials on the development of the fetus is not known and since the procedure is cosmetic, pregnant women should postpone whitening until after the delivery of the baby and they are done nursing.


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