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Why it’s Time to Consider Professional Tooth Whitening

November 11, 2022 / DENTISTRY

Your smile is like a handshake – it’s what most people notice first about you. When you have darkened, discoloured teeth, you may become self-conscious about your smile which can cause anxiety and impact your self-confidence.

There are many options to treat tooth discolouration that range from inexpensive store-bought whitening treatments available at any pharmacy, to customized tooth brightening treatments that are applied by a team of experienced professionals.

While store-bought solutions are effective for mild discolouration, if you’re after safe, effective, long-term correction of mild to severe discolouration, talk to your Caledon dentist about the options available.

What causes tooth discolouration?

There are two main types of tooth discolouration.

Intrinsic discolouration

Intrinsic discolouration is caused by tooth injury, childhood illness, infection, the side effects of medication, or the aging process. For patients with intrinsic discolouration, professional tooth whitening is the only solution.

Extrinsic discolouration

Extrinsic discolouration refers to stains on the surface of the tooth that are caused by consuming products like coffee, red wine or tea, or using tobacco products. The good news is that these stains can be significantly improved through the professional teeth cleanings you get as part of your regular dental checkups. Professional whitening will help take care of any stain left.

What is involved in the professional tooth whitening process?

Professional tooth whitening is an eight-step process:

  1. Before your treatment starts, your dentist will examine your teeth and record their current shade.
  2. Next, your teeth will be cleaned and polished to ensure that they’re clear of any plaque or debris
  3. Then, the dentist will apply a solution containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to the surface of your teeth
  4. Depending on the specific treatment program you’re using, a light or laser will be applied to the teeth to activate the peroxide
  5. The solution and light/laser will sit on your teeth for 30 minutes or an hour
  6. Finally, you can rinse your teeth
  7. In some cases, the dentist will apply fluoride to minimize discomfort or sensitivity
  8. You will review the results with your dentist and determine if additional treatments are needed.

If you’re not happy with the colour of your teeth and are wanting a brighter, whiter smile, call the team at Caledon Dental Centre today. We’ll schedule some time to assess your teeth, discuss the options available for you, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that will help you meet your goals.