One of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry has become professional teeth whitening. There are many products offered in the marketplace today that promise to deliver a brighter, whiter smile. But in reading the fine print, the realization is that there are no guarantees and many of the products purchased over the counter at your corner drugstore can take weeks to complete treatment. Teeth whitening can be completed in one brief visit with your dental provider giving you a “wow” smile you never thought possible!
Your cosmetic dentist has options for your consideration to fit your budget and timeline. Teeth that are drab and dull can be brightened. Dental stain due to medication, lifestyle habits, or aging can also benefit from teeth whitening.
Why does teeth whitening at your dental office exceed do-it-yourself products? Your cosmetic dentist has access to the most powerful whitening agents available. In addition, the tools needed to achieve the brightest smile and the training to use the whitening products are also available at the hand of your dental provider.
There are many advantages to seeking in-office whitening. Your dental provider can conduct a thorough dental exam to qualify you as a candidate for teeth whitening. Patients who have experienced severe gum recession are likely to experience sensitivity while undergoing teeth whitening, and due to a lack of enamel on the exposed dental root, this part of the tooth will not accept the whitening agent. This would end in disappointing results, as well as possible discomfort.
Your cosmetic dentist has access to the most powerful whitening agents available.
Children and pregnant women do not qualify as candidates for teeth whitening and should definitely consult with their dental provider before purchasing an at-home whitening program.
Now that you have been determined a qualified candidate for teeth whitening, your cosmetic dentist can provide in-office dental whitening or provide you with a supervised in-home whitening process.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING
In-office teeth whitening can usually be completed in one to two hours and the results can be dramatic right away. As part of the whitening procedure, we will provide a regular cleaning of your teeth to remove plaque and accumulated debris. We will thereafter apply a hydrogen peroxide based whitening gel and activate the whitening agent with a specialized LED lamp. Once the treatment is completed, the results will be noticeable right away. To maintain the achieved results, you should maintain regular hygiene measures at home and may, in addition, opt to use a take home touch-up kit available at our practice.
AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING
At-home teeth whitening will take a little longer, and your dental provider might want to see you periodically to make sure you are following directions to give you the best possible result. Patients opting for this whitening solution will receive an easy to use whitening kit which includes custom-fitted trays and a high strength bleaching gel to be used in the convenience of your own home. Before taking impressions of your teeth, we will first proceed with a regular dental cleaning and polishing removing any plaque or accumulated debris, thus preparing your teeth for the whitening process. We will then use the impressions to fabricate your custom trays. Your cosmetic dentist will give you instructions on how to properly use your take-home whitening kit to help you achieve better results. This whitening method will give noticeable results in approximately two weeks from the start of the application.
No teeth whitening procedure can offer permanent results. But to keep your teeth as bright as possible and observe good oral hygiene habits, visit the dental team at our Montreal practice for a professional cleaning twice per year.
To learn more about the different options our cosmetic dentist can offer to enhance your smile, read our article What is a smile makeover? or call our practice at 514-631-1457.