About Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a beneficial procedure that enhances your smile by brightening your teeth significantly. Factors like aging, smoking, and consumption of certain drinks like coffee, tea, or red wine can lead to teeth staining or dullness over time. Teeth whitening treatments are specially designed to effectively remove these stains, restoring the natural brilliance of your teeth. Beyond the clear aesthetic benefits, many people find that teeth whitening also elevates their confidence and contributes to a healthier, younger appearance.
Commonly asked questions about Teeth Whitening
Before undertaking any procedure, you will want to be confident in your knowledge. Find the details on Teeth Whitening here.
1. What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening treatments improve one’s smile by using a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel that produces immediately visible results. Teeth whitening treatments can be used to whiten teeth for those who already have discoloured teeth or who want to prevent developing discoloration. As a result of advancements in cosmetic dentistry, numerous techniques for teeth whitening are available. The general process of dental teeth whitening involves removing and controlling the formation of extrinsic stains and/or changing the intrinsic color.
2. Why are teeth whitening treatments done?
Teeth have a natural colour that ranges from light greyish-yellow to white, and naturally darkens as a result of factors such as age, oral health, and lifestyle. Consumption of certain foods and beverages, as well as tobacco products, can also affect and contribute to surface stains. Individuals who want whiter, brighter teeth and a brighter smile can benefit from teeth whitening treatments.
3. Who is a candidate for teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is appropriate for a wide range of patients and is regarded as a low-risk dental procedure. Certain factors, however, may preclude people from receiving teeth whitening treatment. Individuals who are not ideal candidates may possess one or more of the following characteristics:
- Have restorations on the front-facing teeth
- Have stubborn intrinsic stains
- Have extreme tooth sensitivity or worn enamel
- Have periodontal disease, cavities, or exposed roots
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
4. How does teeth whitening treatment work?
Teeth whitening treatments are simple and quick, and there are a few in-office whitening options, such as a high concentration hydrogen peroxide gel or a combination of hydrogen peroxide with a high-intensity light, such as LED, UV, or halogen. This method is applied by a lamp or laser device that sits directly outside of the mouth. Both methods dissolve stains on the teeth, making them appear whiter.
5. How long does teeth whitening treatment take?
Teeth whitening treatments can take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour, depending on the method used by your preferred dentist.
6. When will I see results?
Teeth whitening treatments produce effective and fast-acting results; however, the degree of whiteness varies from person to person due to the uniqueness of each person’s teeth.
7. How long do teeth whitening results last?
The longevity of teeth whitening results is determined by several factors, including the type of whitening method used, genetic makeup, the skills and experience of the treatment provider, and diet & lifestyle choices. As patients resume their normal eating habits, staining will return. Patients commonly use strategies such as reducing the consumption of certain drinks or foods and increasing the use of reusable straws to maintain results. Teeth whitening results can last anywhere from six months to two years with proper care and maintenance.
8. How much does teeth whitening treatment cost in Canada?
The cost of teeth whitening treatments is determined by the type of treatment, geographic location, and the preferred health provider’s experience. In Canada, the average cost of teeth whitening treatment ranges between $200 to $1,500.
9. What are the risks of teeth whitening treatment?
As with any cosmetic dental treatment, there are risks and side effects. Some of these side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Discomfort in gums and/or teeth
- White spots on gums
- Sore throat
10. Is teeth whitening worth it?
27/27 of people who have received teeth whitening treatment rated the procedure “Worth It” (100%).