What to Expect from Teeth Whitening at a Dental Office

by | Sep 26, 2018 | Dentist

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedure available today. While many different brands of whitening products are available in stores, many people find them ineffective and time consuming. Teeth whitening treatment at a dental office is performed using products of a higher strength, guaranteeing results after just one treatment. The treatment is much safer and as you are being under the supervision of a dentist, you don’t have to worry about any unexpected side effects (as you would with store bought products).

Why Teeth Whitening

In general the colour of our teeth is determined by the thickness of enamel, that covers dentin, a pail brown component of tooth structure. Teeth with thinner layer of enamel will show more dentin, and therefore appear more yellow in color. As we age we lose enamel and therefore our teeth become darker; however there are other factors that impact the color of our teeth. Acids and dyes from food and drink products will stain the surface of enamel and often erode it, darkening the appearance of teeth. Furthermore, tobacco products and certain medication will cause yellow stains. Changing your diet and life habits will only slow down the changes in the color of your teeth. The best solution is to undergo professional teeth whitening procedure, to bring back brightness to your smile.

Whitening Preparation

Before the treatment will begin, the dentist will assess your teeth to make sure that you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. He may advise to complete any required dental work, or have your teeth professionally cleaned to remove any build up, that will affect the whitening process.

The Whitening Process

While whitening can be done at home, the success rate of whitening completed at a Burlington based dental office is much higher. The dentist will monitor the progress of your treatment, change the strength of whitening gel and advise you on its length.

The actual whitening takes place in the office and usually takes less than two hours. You may also choose to take whitening trays home and use them at a more convenient time. The strength of whitening gels available at a dental office is much higher than those available at the store, therefore you will see better results within a shorter period of time.

Follow Up Concerns

You should speak with your dentist if your gums become sore or appear to be white. You also need to know that whitening is not permanent solution and stains can come back. This is especially true if you drink staining beverages or continue to smoke. In order to maintain a beautiful bright smile, you will need to repeat the treatment at some point in the future.

At Fielding Dental Healthcare, we offer teeth whitening treatment along many other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

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