Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the colour of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate the replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons For Tooth Whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
Normal wear of the outer tooth layer
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
Yellow, brown stained teeth
What Does Tooth Whitening Involve?
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At your first appointment for teeth whitening in Etobicoke at Orchard Dental Care, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The whitening trays are worn with special whitening solutions either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
For more information on how you can maintain your beautiful, bright smile, speak to one of our professional oral care specialists at Orchard Dental today. We are happy to answer any of your questions to help you develop a dental home care plan perfect for you.