Dental Services, Preventative Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is an established procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Carbamide Peroxide and Hydrogen Peroxide are the active whitening ingredients, and have been used safely for many years in the treatment of gums and other oral soft tissues.

Over time, our teeth tend to become discoloured or stained. Whether this is from smoking, coffee, tea, trauma, or aging, a beautiful smile could be closer than you think. We offer Take-Home Whitening kits (Day White) that can get your teeth many shades whiter.

PROCEDURE:

The first step in the whitening process is to take impressions of your upper and lower teeth in order to make stone copies of all your teeth. These stone models will be used into make the custom bleaching trays. Once the trays are made, simply place the bleaching solution in the tray, and wear them for a half an hour, twice a day. Within 7-10 days, you will see a significant improvement in the colour of your teeth. Your smile will look brighter and younger.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

With whitening several times a week, you should begin to see a difference after one week and reach your optimum whiteness after two to three weeks, depending on your level of staining. If you are touching up your teeth from a previous whitening treatment, it will take far less time to reach your maximum brightness.

1. Wine

Both red and white wines can be harmful to the color and enamel of your teeth. Red wine is high in acidity, and the dark pigment makes it likely to cause stains. White wine, even though it’s lighter in color, can also break down enamel.

2. Coffee & Tea

It may be hard to kick your coffee or tea habit for a few days, but avoiding these drinks can help you avoid one of the biggest sources of stains.

Coffee and tea contain tannins, which can build up over time and darken the color of your teeth. After a professional whitening, when your teeth are at their most porous, tannins can stain even faster.

Limit your coffee and tea consumption for a few days after getting your teeth whitened. If you absolutely can’t go a day without your morning brew, try drinking it through a straw to help minimize contact with your teeth.

3. Soft Drinks

If it fizzes, you might want to steer clear of it. Carbonated drinks are high in sugar and acid, which can strip away tooth enamel. Dark-colored colas can also contribute to surface stains. Avoiding soft drinks even when you’re not following the White Diet can help you have healthier, brighter teeth.

4. Candy & Chocolate

Refined sugars can lead to decay, erosion, and discoloration, especially when your teeth are sensitive after whitening. Be sure to avoid chocolate and artificially-colored candies right after your procedure.

5. Dark Fruits

Dark-colored fruits are rich in pigments that can stain your teeth. If a fruit is particularly acidic, it can also contribute to enamel erosion. It may help to avoid fruits with dark juices, like raspberries, cherries, pomegranates, blackberries, and blueberries. Stay away from juices containing these fruits, too.

Don’t cut healthy fruits out of your diet for too long, though—it’s safe to eat your favorites again 48 hours after whitening.

Usually, people with sensitivity to teeth whitening will experience discomfort or pain during whitening treatments or in the minutes, hours or days following a specific treatment. Typical discomfort is often attributed to either the teeth or gums and is based on the type of teeth whitening treatment.