If you’ve noticed your smile is looking a little duller than you’d like, a tooth whitening treatment could be the solution. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in Whitby, helping to remove stains and discolouration, significantly improving the overall appearance of your teeth.
Why Do Teeth Stain?
Your teeth are coated with a tough outer layer called enamel, and the colour of your teeth is created when light reflects and scatters off the tooth enamel, combined with the natural shade of the tooth which is in the dentine underneath it. The thinner your tooth enamel, the more of your natural tooth shade shows through, which can be yellowish or grey in appearance. Unfortunately, tooth enamel tends to become thinner with age so as you get older, your teeth naturally look darker.
Each day a thin coating called a pellicle forms over your tooth enamel, picking up stains, and tooth enamel tends to be slightly porous so it can hold onto stains. Failing to brush your teeth frequently enough, using tobacco, or having a liking for dark coloured beverages and foods can all contribute to tooth staining.
Internal Tooth Stains
These types of stains all affect the surface of your teeth, but it is possible for teeth stains to be intrinsic or inside a tooth. Intrinsic stains can occur because of tetracycline antibiotics prescribed during childhood or taken by your mum during pregnancy, or because of exposure to excess fluoride during childhood while teeth are still developing.
Who Can Have Teeth Whitening Treatments?
Teeth whitening treatments are most effective on surface stains which is one reason why it’s important to see a dentist in Ajax before you have any type of tooth whitening treatment. Also, the dentist will check that tooth whitening is suitable for you as for example, cavities must be treated before teeth are whitened. Otherwise, teeth whitening solutions can get into any cavities, reaching the inner parts of the tooth and not surprisingly this could be uncomfortable at best.
Another thing to consider is that teeth whitening treatments don’t work on porcelain crowns or veneers. Don’t worry, as that’s the reason for seeing a dentist in Oshawa before treatment! If you do have any existing restorations or teeth that are internally stained, we can suggest procedures to brighten the appearance of these teeth safely. We will make sure that you can whiten safely and comfortably, and that teeth whitening achieves an even result.
How Long Will It Take to Whiten?
When you visit us here at Margolian Dentistry, we can discuss the most suitable way for you to whiten your teeth. Often it can be preferable to have a hygiene treatment before whitening to remove all plaque and calculus and ensuring the whitening products can work more effectively. Your choices for whitening include an in-office treatment which can work in as little as an hour, or you may choose to bleach your teeth more slowly using one of our highly effective custom-made home whitening kits.
We use Philips Zoom whitening products because they are very safe and are thoroughly tested, providing you with excellent results and a smile that will look wonderfully radiant. With a home whitening kit, you simply wear custom-made whitening trays each day for the prescribed length of time. This may be just an hour or so or possibly overnight. We will show you how to fill and insert the whitening trays and because they are made just for you, they are very comfortable to wear! Although your teeth will begin to look noticeably brighter in just a few days, it usually takes two weeks or so to complete treatment.