Teeth whitening, or bleaching, as some call it, is a simple, safe and non-invasive way to change the colour of your natural tooth enamel. Whitening is also the ideal way to easily and quickly enhance the beauty of your smile. Having whiter teeth can be simple to attain, and is the most conservative way to improve your smile. The most popular way is to use a dentist-made, custom home teeth-whitening system that will effectively whiten teeth dramatically for most people. Our custom teeth whitening system is guaranteed to get you results! Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate your teeth prior to this treatment, to plan the replacement of any old white fillings or crowns so that they match your newly whitened teeth. Please contact us to book a complimentary evaluation to find the best whitening option for you.
Do store bought over-the-counter whitening systems work? Are they safe?
There is a complete aisle of over-the-counter whitening products out there. For the most part, they contain a much lower concentration of product, which means you will likely have to use the product for much longer than you would a custom, dentist-administered system.
Other things to consider when assessing the effectiveness of over-the-counter whitening systems is how long it is in contact with your teeth. If the solution is in contact with saliva, it will quickly be washed away. If it is only in contact with your teeth while brushing, it is going to take a very long time to see any difference. A tray-based system holds the solution against the teeth, preventing the saliva from diluting it, making it much more efficient and effective.
With the over-the-counter whitening strips, you are restricted with a generic length and width. If you have a broad smile, the whitening strip may not cover the ‘corners’ of your smile, making your smile look like an uneven color from the side profile. If your teeth are larger than average, you will not be able to consistently whiten the teeth, leaving your teeth with stripes of different colors. Another concern with the whitening strips, especially if teeth are crowded or overlapped, is that if the strip is not carefully contoured into the crevices between the teeth, you will end up with dark areas between the teeth. The strip may also extend onto the gum tissue, which can lead to sensitivity, tenderness, and temporary discolouration of the gum tissue.
Generally over-the-counter whitening products are safe, but using them without first having a dental consultation could result in issues like sensitivity, if cavities or root exposure are present. There are things that can be done in conjunction with whitening to help reduce any sensitivity. As well, it is important to realize that existing fillings and crowns will not change colour when you whiten your natural teeth. If your fillings currently match your tooth colour and you lighten your teeth, your filling is then going to appear darker and you will be looking at the additional cost of replacing or polishing it.
The most popular and effective whitening system is a custom-made system that will whiten teeth dramatically for most people. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to have your teeth evaluated by a dentist prior to this treatment, to plan replacement of any old white fillings or crowns on your front teeth, so that they match your newly whitened teeth.
Take-home trays are custom-made to fit your teeth. In the comfort of your own home, a peroxide whitening gel is placed in the custom tray once or twice a day for only 30 minutes. We will demonstrate exactly how to place the gel in your trays. You can watch a tv show and have whiter teeth at the same time! Depending on the color of your teeth and your desired outcome, the average person whitens for 5-10 days.
Teeth Whitening Touch-Ups
Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up is often needed, especially if you drink coffee, tea, wine, or if you smoke. Future touch-ups are an easy one-time 30-minute application. We recommend touching up whitening every 3-6 months, to maintain and preserve your new whiter teeth. Take-home trays can be a very inexpensive way to freshen up your smile for years to come.
We also provide an in-office ZOOM whitening treatment that allows for both ease and efficiency when it comes to your busy life. Within a short two-hour period, we apply a special highly concentrated light-activated gel that leaves you walking out confident, with whiter teeth within a few hours. We can fabricate custom take-home trays for you to maintain your teeth at home, after completion of this in-office procedure. Feel free to book an in-office, virtual, or phone consultation to see if this one-step whitening process will work for you!