Professional teeth whitening is a trendy activity for bridal party members to do together with manicures, hair, make-up, and dress shopping! Everyone wants to make their smile "pop" for the special day with a healthy and natural-looking shine. Professional in-office whitening procedures can help restore stained or discoloured teeth to a healthy, natural colour, and is very safe and easy under the supervision of a dental professional.
Over time, your teeth can change colours due to several factors:
You may see different over-the-counter (OTC) bleaching products online or at your local pharmacy, such as toothpaste or strips that whiten by bleaching your teeth. However, before you try these, keep in mind a few limitations of these kits:
Our office also offers professional-grade take-home kits which are positioned between the pharmacy products and In-office alternatives. We are happy to discuss all options for teeth whitening to help brighten your smile!
In-office teeth whitening procedure uses a formula containing hydrogen peroxide, which breaks down into water and oxygen components when exposed to the air and water in your mouth. The oxygen molecules then break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the colour less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
Some people may experience tooth sensitivity from whitening procedures. This happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerves of your tooth. In most cases, the sensitivity is temporary. Make sure to follow the directions for OTC whitening products and/or talk to your dentist for guidance.
The results from professional teeth whitening can last for as long as a year depending on your diet and lifestyle. With touch-up treatments (at home) every few months, your results can last even longer. "Touch-ups" are especially useful for patients who regularly drink beverages that can stain teeth, including coffee, tea and red wine.
Be sure to talk to one of your dentists about professional teeth whitening as well as OTC whitening products. Together, we can compare treatments and determine which solution will be most effective for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment!