It is inevitable that over time the porcelain-coloured enamel we were born with will become stained and lose its luster, revealing the yellow dentin that lies below. This can be a major cause of embarrassment in both personal and professional lives. Luckily, a plethora of tooth whitening options are available to address both mild and severe cases of enamel discolouration.
No matter how perfect your oral hygiene may be, staining agents will slowly change enamel’s natural colour. Through tooth whitening procedures, the stains and discolourations that have gathered will be eliminated and your teeth brightened to a natural luster.
Common causes of enamel discolouration include:
If your smile is bringing down your self-confidence, tooth whitening is a viable option to consider.
There are two ways that teeth can be stained:
We provide our patients with three options for tooth whitening. During an initial consultation, we will discuss your cosmetic goals and determine the option which is best for you.
Tooth Whitening Options:
At-home bleaching trays or in-office trays are two of the most common methods of brightening tooth enamel and we provide our patients with both options. Before proceeding, your teeth and mouth will be examined to make certain that there are no oral health problems, such as cavities or tooth sensitivity that must be first addressed.
After a thorough tooth cleaning, we take impressions of your teeth, which are used to fabricate a custom, flexible dental tray that is filled with the whitening agent. The trays are used at home and your teeth will gradually lighten. The trays are used daily until you are happy with the shade of your teeth. The efficiency and speed with which the whitening occurs depends on the concentration of the whitening solution and the length of time it’s on your teeth.
When teeth are whitened in our office, teeth are examined, checked, cleaned, your teeth are isolated, and the gums are protected with block-out material. A highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide is applied to your teeth. This method takes about an hour and a half to do the top and bottom teeth. This is not Zoom! and does not need light activation. The efficiency and speed with which whitening occurs depends on the concentration of the agent used and the amount of time the whitener stays on the tooth. In-office tooth whitening can lighten your teeth a few shades and you leave with a brighter smile.
With some patients, we may combine in-office and take-home whitening. In-office whitening can quickly lighten your teeth a few shades, however, maintaining the desired shade typically requires the use of a take-home kit.
With the numerous tooth whitening options available, there is no reason to hide a yellow smile out of embarrassment. If you live in the Edmonton, Alberta area, please contact Edmonton dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko today to schedule your initial consultation and boost your self-confidence with the smile you deserve.
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