What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
As we get older, our teeth naturally darken as they become stained and discoloured, both inside the tooth and on the surface. Many factors can cause the discolouration of your teeth, including:
- Foods and beverages like coffee and red wine
- Dental hygiene upkeep
Professional teeth whitening can be a safe and effective way to help whiten and brighten your smile. The process is simple, non-invasive, and can change the colour of your natural tooth by targeting and removing stains.
The team at Smile Dental Centre can help you determine if whitening your teeth is right for you.
Treatment To Fit Your Lifestyle
Take-Home Teeth Whitening.
Our goal is to help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile. No need to come into our office to have your teeth whitened - our take-home teeth whitening gel and trays can help you brighten your teeth at home.
Why Use At-Home Teeth Whitening?
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. Having a brighter smile can boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Additionally, taking care of your oral health can have an impact on your overall health and well-being.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Take-home teeth whitening gel contains peroxide-based ingredients to break down stain molecules. This can result in a whiter, brighter-looking smile. The peroxide gel is non-toxic, non-allergenic, and safe to use.
Different shades of white suit different people. Your dental professional will help you choose the right shade for your teeth.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
You can also achieve a whiter and brighter smile at home by following our at-home whitening process, which allows you the flexibility of being able to whiten your teeth on your own schedule. This option can produce similar results over a longer period of time than in-office treatment.
Custom-Fitted Whitening Trays
If you choose the take-home whitening option you will use custom-fitted whitening trays that are created in our office based on a mold of your teeth. Your dentist can examine your teeth and match the amount and colour of gel so your whiter smile will still look natural.
The trays will come filled with professional-grade, peroxide-based gel. You apply a whitening gel to these trays and wear them according to the directions for use. At the end of the treatment period, you may notice that your teeth appear visibly whiter.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about teeth whitening at Smile Dental Centre.
- How long do the effects of teeth whitening last?
Whitening is not permanent. Your teeth will continue to discolour over time. Beverages such as coffee and wine, and certain foods, such as those that contain turmeric, can stain the teeth. Depending on diet, the effects of whitening may last longer for some people than others. If you maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine, you may just desire a touch-up after one year or so.
- Does insurance cover the cost of teeth whitening?
Dental insurance does not typically cover the cost of teeth whitening. Consult your insurance provider for a list of services covered.
- Does teeth whitening make teeth more sensitive?
One short-term side effect of teeth whitening may be sensitivity. For most patients, this fades away within a few days following a whitening session. To minimize any discomfort, we recommend that you use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste before treatment, and for at least two weeks following your treatment.
- Do teeth whitening products work on all stains?
Typically, brown, and yellow-coloured stains often respond best to teeth whitening treatments. Some stains tend not to respond to whitening treatments at all. If having a whiter smile is important to you but your teeth have non-responsive stains, your dentist may recommend other cosmetic treatments such as dental crowns or veneers that may be a better fit for you.
- Does teeth whitening work on dental restorations?
Unfortunately, teeth whitening does not work on dental restorations. Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth and will not work on existing dental restorations such as dental crowns or veneers. If crowns or veneers are part of your treatment plan, teeth whitening should take place before you receive your dental restorations.
- Will teeth whitening damage my tooth enamel?
When used under the supervision of a qualified dentist, teeth whitening is highly unlikely to damage your dental enamel. Always consult with your dentist to ensure you are using any teeth whitening products safely. If you experience any pain, sensitivity, or discomfort anywhere in your mouth, let your dentist know right away. Even if it’s not related to whitening, they will be able to help.