Our Teeth Whitening Services
Whiten Teeth for a Beautiful Smile
Teeth whitening is a quick and popular cosmetic procedure. It’s a simple procedure that starts in our office and continues at home. There are many reasons why you may want to whiten your teeth such as boosting your self-esteem, getting rid of years of staining, looking younger and in preparation for a special event like a wedding or an anniversary.
Why do You Need Teeth Whitening?
Even when you take good care of your teeth, it’s still possible to develop stains. As you grow older, the enamel of your teeth begins to thin and the yellow dentin color inside your teeth starts to show through. Smoking and the foods you eat and drink are also culprits. Beverages like cola, tea, coffee and red wine will stain your teeth as well as berries and citrus fruits. Whitening treatment can remove these stains.
Various medications, such as certain antibiotics, blood pressure medication, chemotherapies and antihistamines can darken your teeth. An injury to a tooth can also make it appear darker. In these cases, whitening treatment won’t work and dental implants provide an alternative.
Some of the stains on your teeth, such as those that appear only on the surface, may respond to whitening toothpaste. Other stains that live deep within the dentin or in micro-cracks in your enamel are harder to remove.
We’ll examine your teeth to see if you’re a candidate for teeth whitening. It’s not recommended if you have gum disease or excessively sensitive or worn teeth. There is no such thing as a one size fits all bleaching procedure and you need to have a customized bleaching program that suits you and your teeth.
Teeth Whitening at Orchard Park Dental
Teeth whitening is safe, effective, inexpensive and quick. When we whiten your teeth in our office, we usually do it in one visit. Treatment in our office is safer, more effective, and longer-lasting than trying to whiten your teeth at home.
Many home whitening kits that use whiteners containing peroxide are available for purchase. If you decide to use a home kit, you need to make sure you follow instructions very carefully. If you whiten your teeth too often, you risk damaging your tooth enamel.
How Teeth Whitening Works
We use a bleaching solution to get rid of your stains. Before you undergo treatment, we’ll clean your teeth and use a protective shield over your gums and lips, leaving your teeth exposed. A special tray fits into your mouth to help us apply the whitening gel to your teeth.
The active ingredient in the bleaching gel is hydrogen peroxide. We use a special light to activate the release of oxygen which penetrates the tooth structure. This chemical process starts the whitening which happens without damaging the structure of your teeth.
The whole procedure takes about an hour. Afterwards, we apply a fluoride paste to your teeth which helps to reduce any sensitivity. You may experience some tingling and sensitivity after the treatment but this is temporary and should wear off after a while.
We send you home with a touch-up kit that contains instructions on how to use it so you can finish off your treatment in the comfort of your own home.
If you want to keep your teeth looking white for as long as possible, we recommend the following:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Cut down on how often you have sugary drinks and eats
- Cut out smoking to prevent stains from reforming.
- Visit your dentist regularly
To maintain a healthy mouth, you must visit your dentist regularly to check on the status of your whitened teeth. Should there be any stains, the dentist or dental hygienist can remove the stains with professional cleaning.
Contact Us for Teeth Whitening in Hamilton
Important factors to consider:
- If you suffer from anxiety or have a strong gag reflex, you may not be a good candidate for teeth whitening.
- Children under the age of 13 and pregnant or lactating women shouldn’t undergo teeth whitening.
- Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth. It does not work on crowns, veneers or dentures.
- Teeth whitening is not permanent and you may need to have a touch up once a year or more frequently if you’re a smoker or frequently drink cola, red wine, coffee and tea.
Most patients can undergo teeth whitening with good to excellent results. Contact us today to learn more or get started!