We offer professional whitening at East City Dental. Although having white teeth is a desire of many, natural teeth are generally in a range of light greyish-yellow shades. Teeth naturally darken with age and their appearance can be affected by the accumulation of surface stains acquired from the use of tobacco products and the consumption of certain foods or drinks. Teeth are not naturally meant to be completely white; many Canadians want a brighter smile. Responding to this desire, a wide range of “whitening” options has become available to consumers.
Most bleaching products are peroxide-based and are actually capable of altering the colours of the tooth itself. However, not all tooth discolourations respond to tooth-bleaching treatments. Individuals contemplating tooth-bleaching should consult with a Dentist to determine the cause of the tooth discolouration and to determine whether a bleaching treatment will have the desired result. This step is especially important for patients with fillings, root canal treatments, crowns and/or with extremely dark stains on the anterior teeth.
A number of different bleaching techniques and products are available to patients. Your Dentist will use one of these a method called Vital bleaching to whiten your teeth. Vital bleaching is done on “living” teeth and can be used to whiten your teeth if they have become stained by food or tobacco, or if they have become dark with age.
Our Dentist may suggest:
- Wearing a custom-made mouthguard filled with a special bleach for part of each day; or
- Brushing with a special bleach mixed in toothpaste.
Home-use tooth-bleaching systems are available to our patients. Clinical studies support the safety and effectiveness of home-use bleaching gels when used appropriately. Tooth sensitivity and irritation of soft tissues can occur during bleaching treatment, but these effects are transient.
To schedule your routine dental cleaning and exam, contact our office to book an appointment today!
To discuss tooth whitening, contact our office at [email protected] or by calling 705-743-5660.