Yellowed or stained teeth can cause emotional discomfort and embarrassment. As we age our teeth naturally darken, and using tobacco products or consuming certain foods or drinks (such as coffee and red wine) can stain our teeth.
It may take a while for our teeth to become dull, stained, and yellowed but you can achieve a whiter, brighter, stain-free smile in as little as one in-office teeth whitening session.
Teeth whitening products fall into two main categories: Surface whiteners and bleaches.
Surface whiteners, such as whitening toothpaste or whitening gum, are made with fine abrasive ingredients that are designed to help scrub away surface stains. However, surface whiteners are only marginally effective, and can only remove surface stains.
Most bleaching products are peroxide based, and can actually alter the colour of your natural tooth. However, not all forms of tooth discolouration will respond effectively to tooth bleaching treatments, so it is important to talk to your dentist before you begin any tooth whitening regime. Fillings, teeth that have undergone root canals, teeth with crowns, and extremely stained teeth may not respond well to bleaching treatments.
Though there are a variety of home-based bleaching products available, you should never bleach your teeth without first consulting your dentist.
Though at-home bleaching kits are available, there are many benefits to choosing professional teeth whitening services over at home kits.
At home kits often require that you use them several times per week, and don’t typically offer dramatic results. Many kits are only designed to make your teeth a shade or two lighter, while in office treatments can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades in as little as one, one-hour session.
Because in-office whitening treatments are supervised by a dentist, you can safely use stronger bleaching compounds and use specialized lights to enhance the bleaching process. Stronger bleaches and specialized bleaching lights offer faster and more noticeable results than store bought, at-home kits.
Bleaching solutions can irritate your gums and the roots of your teeth, causing pain for up to several days after use. By choosing in-office whitening, your dentist is able to apply a special protective gel to your roots and gums and can use retractors to pull your cheeks and lips away from your teeth. These steps help minimize contact between the bleaching product and your delicate tissues.
Your dentist can offer you whitening solution recommendations based on your unique dental needs and uses whitening trays that are moulded to your mouth. By using custom trays, instead of the one size fits all ones found in many home whitening kits, you can reduce the amount of contact between your gums and the bleaching solution, further reducing sensitivity and irritation.
If you want the flexibility and convenience of whitening your teeth at home, your dentist can still provide you with a custom moulded tray as well as a bleaching agent that is suitable for at-home use.
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