Information – Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains from the enamel of your teeth by applying a special bleaching material.

The bleach material penetrates the outer layer of the enamel and takes out stains that cannot be removed otherwise. Professional tooth whitening systems are administered and overseen by your dentist and dental team.

Professional tooth whitening can be done in the dental office or with a take home kit. Both of these approaches typically use a peroxide based bleach solution to whiten your teeth.

The Procedure

Tooth whitening performed in the dental office involves applying a strong peroxide material to your teeth for a period of time. This bleach solution is removed at the end of your dental appointment. During the appointment, a Zoom Led Light may be used to increase the effect of in-office bleaching. Regardless of whether the light is used or not, you will leave the dental office with notably whiter teeth.

Whitening Gels provided from other than your Dentist are often not effective solutions/concentrations, and may cause irreversible damage to the mouth and teeth.

The Cost

We will give you an outline of the estimated cost of Teeth Whitening. Prior to Teeth Whitening you will need to have a professional clean at the Dentist.  Following Teeth Whitening, you will need to replace any fillings/crowns/veneers/dentistry which are of poor colour match, should this concern you.  You will also need to plan to redo teeth whitening periodically depending on your diet.

Alternative Treatments

Professional in-office whitening provides the most immediate results. Professional take home bleaching has the most research proving its effectiveness and is less costly than in-office bleaching. Non-professional bleaching systems have more risk of complications (i.e. tooth sensitivity) and less predictability

Abnormal Outcomes and Risks

Some inherent risks exist with any tooth whitening system. You must take the following factors into consideration when deciding whether to bleach your teeth.
There is risk that your teeth or gums will become sensitive to the bleach solution and you may need to discontinue the treatment before the desired tooth colour is achieved.
Once the procedure is commenced, there is no ability for a refund, and the result is unpredictable.
In the most extreme cases, tooth whitening may lead to tooth sensitivity that requires root canal treatment in order for it to resolve.
Tooth whitening will not alter the colour of existing dental restorations. Sometimes dental work must be replaced if you want it to match your new, lighter teeth after tooth whitening is done.  This dental work is an additional cost for the patient.
Those people with poor dental home care or diets high in staining foods such as coffee, red wine, tea or berries may find their teeth become stained again more quickly than expected.

Normally, tooth whitening must be repeated periodically to maintain the brightness of your smile.

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