There are a few whitening treatments you can try to get a beautiful white smile:
Tooth appearance is the booster to your first impression in the office and among friends. If you need a beautiful, whiter, and brighter smile, you must have to learn a few things about tooth whitening. Tooth whitening, also known as dental bleaching, although different but closely related, is a cosmetic dental procedure that restores the teeth in their colour, but bleaching can brighten the teeth above their actual colour. The colour of your teeth can change due to various reasons, but this is no reason to worry, as they are many professional and home remedies to restore and brighten your teeth once again.
Scientific and field research has proven that teeth whitening is fully effective in seven-eight percent of the general population, persons of all ages. With the spread of teeth whitening and the popularity growth of the industry, research continues on various dental procedures of tooth whitening. Most teeth whitening methods are not permanent, and the process involves the removal of the organic substances on the enamel through the dis-solvent method of using peroxide derivatives. These methods are also useful on a subject with a lot of enamel.
The cost of teeth whitening depends on the options you select. The most common options are in-office professional teeth whitening which costs around $399 and at-home teeth whitening which costs around $100.
For best results, we recommend in-office teeth whitening to give you the shade you desire and will last longer.
Some dental insurances will cover teeth whitening, we can help you find out if yours will cover it.
If your insurance does not cover it or you do not have insurance we have in-house dental plans to help you get the treatment that you need by making small monthly payments.
Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening:
This is the best option for teeth whitening; it is the safest and effective hygienist-supervised method. A hygienist will evaluate your teeth condition to determine whether you are supposed to undergo teeth whitening procedure, then recommend the best type of teeth whitening for you. The hygienist will explain all the necessary information about the process, from what to expect, limitations, and side effects. The hygienist will then clean the teeth to ensure the gums are healthy and fill any cavities present before the start of the whitening procedure.
To avoid major complex cosmetic procedures, the hygienist will advise you to try tooth whitening as the first option. Complications or side effects that can take place as a result of tooth whitening are minor and infrequent. If you want amazing results then professional teeth whitening is the best option for teeth whitening.
Whitening Strips and Gels:
The use of teeth whitening gels and strips kit is an alternate option to the professional method. Whitening Strips and Gels consists of teeth whitening carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that is placed on the teeth or mouthpieces for some time. These strips and gel produce exceptional results as the chemicals can get very deep in the tooth giving a visible whitening effect. Dental association’s grant seals of acceptance to various whitening strips and gels after meeting the necessary standards. Therefore, make sure to look for the trademark if going to buy a teeth whitening kit. The most important direction is to adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when using a tooth whitening kit. It is also important not to use a tooth whitening kit for more than fourteen days without consulting your dentist.
Most of the whitening toothpaste is only used for stain removal on the surface of the teeth. These pastes used chemical polishing agents or special abrasives in stain removal. These abrasives are just stronger versions of the regular adhesives and thus unlikely to cause any side effects or excessive wear and tear to the teeth. However, whitening toothpaste cannot rectify major discolouring on the teeth, since they do not contain bleaching agents.
Teeth whitening rinses will help you to prevent gun and plaque diseases and freshen breath just like many other mouth washers while at the same time whiten your teeth by the use of hydrogen peroxide. These rinses are put in the mouth for around sixty seconds two times a day before you brush the teeth. Rinses are less effective in comparison to other methods according to experts because they are only in contact with your teeth for only two minutes every day, rinses manufacturers say that it may take up to twelve weeks to see the results.
Tooth Tray-Based Whiteners:
Tray-based systems function by putting a mouth guard which is in the form of a tray with a whitening gel solution containing bleaching agents. The tray can be put on for a few hours a day or every night for four weeks or more depending on how whiter you want your teeth to be or how discoloured they are. Tooth tray whiteners can be bought online, from your dentist or over the counter. Whitening items purchased from a dentist contains stronger bleaching agents than those purchased over the table and, therefore, more effective. Dentist bought teeth trays are custom-sized and thus fit your teeth precisely while those purchased over the counter come in generic sizes, and if unfitting can let the bleaching agent into your gums and therefore cause irritation.
Use of DIY natural method:
You can use oranges, strawberries, and lemon fruits to whiten your teeth. These fruits work by rubbing the fruit peel on the enamel or adding some drops of lemon in the toothpaste. It is good to remember that this method produces results after a long period and does not help in intrinsic teeth problems.
The major challenge with whitening your teeth is damage to enamel if correct procedures are not followed. Some teeth whitening products when used excessively, brushing too hard, and often will make the enamel of the tooth crack and therefore expose it. This will lead to tooth sensitivity, gum irritation by the same effects or exposure to hydrogen peroxide also will lead to tooth sensitivity.
The risk of ingesting peroxide is too high. Therefore, you should not try teeth whitening if nursing or pregnant. Another challenge is technicolour; meaning that the teeth have different colours, this problem happens when the porcelain veneer, crowns or bonding whitening does match with the teeth colour, or when the new substances used fail to affect any current whitening elements used. Therefore your newly whitened teeth fail to match with previously added dental materials.
It’s good to have realistic expectations with the procedure. When tooth whitening is done, the teeth will usually return to natural colour after some time. This is generally dictated by genetics and according to lifestyle. When bleaching, bleach the teeth only to the porcelain dental level you have once again had. This will ensure the whitened teeth and natural teeth colour match. The whitening results may not be fully visible until two weeks are over after bleaching, therefore if the needed result fails to appear immediately, wait to be sure before undertaking any other procedure.
In conclusion, teeth whitening is a process and not a single time action, consider teeth whitening if the teeth are discoloured by age, smoking, coffee, or tea. Just a single visit to a dentist could provide you with satisfying results, but for more lasting effects, it’s good to provide regular maintenance to your teeth. With the best results when this maintenance is done by a professional.
Why my teeth colour changed?
Milk teeth or primary teeth in small children are always whiter and brighter than adult teeth that follow, these teeth continue to become darker with mineral changes, and as the enamel gets more porous less. Dark-coloured beverages and foods, bacteria, acidic substances, tobacco, and various antibiotics contribute to discoloured enamel, as well as tiny cracks on the teeth by use and age.
The types of enamel stains are intrinsic and extrinsic, both types caused by ageing, trauma, excessive fluoride in childhood or exposure to tetracycline. Extrinsic stains are on the tooth surface, whereas intrinsic stains are rooted deep in the structure of the teeth. Tiny cracks on the teeth result from our everyday use of the teeth, and these cracks get filled with debris and stains.
Dr. Somayeh Nourian is the principal dentist at Kiwi Dental focusing on restorative, cosmetic and dental surgeries. With over 14 years of experience as a family dentist, she has earned the trust of many families to take care of their oral health.
She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor of Biochemistry and earned her dental degree from the University of Toronto in 2006. She has a passion for dental surgeries including dental implants and gum grafts and is currently part of the Ontario Dental Implant Network.