About Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic treatments we are asked about at the Northern Dental Centre. We offer comprehensive tooth whitening services to our patients because we know how important your smile is to you.
A winning smile can completely change your life. That is why our teeth whitening services are our most popular range of services.
Here is everything you need to know about whitening your smile at the Northern Dental Centre.
What Do You Need to Know about White Teeth?
One of the big myths about teeth is that a white smile is a natural smile. The truth is that tooth enamel is rarely 100 percent white. It’s often influenced by your genetics. Not everyone is going to have a naturally white smile.
Your lifestyle also impacts the color of your teeth. For example, if you eat certain foods your teeth are not going to be white. Also, if you smoke or drink things like red wine you’re going to have a hard time getting naturally white teeth.
Even things like antibiotics can influence the color of your teeth.
So don’t worry if your teeth aren’t perfectly white naturally. It’s not a reflection on your oral health or hygiene.
3 Options for Teeth Whitening
Tooth whitening can be done in a number of ways, and we provide options for whitening. Let’s take a look at each of them below:
Whitening Toothpaste – Whitening toothpaste is designed to gradually turn your teeth white. It is safe for your teeth, but it can typically take a few weeks or a few months to get the results you want. However, it is the most cost-effective option for whitening your teeth.
Teeth Whitening – These are often available as home use kits, but we recommend that you approach us to have your teeth bleached. We can provide a procedure aimed towards you. Plus your oral health is not going to be affected, whereas DIY teeth bleaching kits can ruin your oral health. Our office offers this service and we are able to provide options for you needs. A consultation must be done prior to any whitening procedure to ensure it is safe for you.
In Office Teeth Whitening – The most advanced form of tooth whitening is the in office option. A light is beamed into your mouth and, over the course of a few hours, your teeth will gradually turn to a lighter shade. It can come with some discomfort, however, our team will prepare you for the possible sensitivity and post op care.
Is it Right for Me?
That’s the question you should be asking when you visit us at our clinic. If you have existing oral health problems, it may not be the best option for you.
For example, a patient with their teeth pulled away from their gums wouldn’t be a candidate for teeth whitening because the process can cause irritation around the gums.
This is one of the number one reasons why DIY whitening kits have led to serious problems for people in the past.
Come in for a consultation and we’ll examine your teeth to make sure that you are a good candidate to undergo this type of treatment.
To schedule your consultation, just call us at 780-532-1886.
FAQ's for Teeth Whitening
Is teeth whitening painful?
Sometimes it can be. It depends on your oral health and the method you prefer. This is why your dentist will examine your teeth before proceeding with the treatment.
Is whitening an instant procedure?
Sometimes, it depends on the shade of your teeth and desired shade. It can take multiple sessions before you will see the results you want. Some procedures are faster than others. Typically, whitening toothpaste is the slowest option, with bleaching being the fastest but the least permanent.
Is tooth whitening permanent?
No, you will need to return to the Northern Dental Centre for follow-up treatments to make sure your teeth stay the shade you want. How often you should return depends on your specific circumstances. We do offer touch up kits as well with assist with maintaining your desired shade at home.
Can your teeth be too white?
There is such a thing as too much whitening. Over-whitening can cause irritation and discomfort to both your gums and your teeth. In the long-term, it can even come to impact your oral health.
Should I opt for whitening if I’m experiencing other dental issues?
For the most part, no you shouldn’t whiten your teeth if you’re already receiving treatment for a separate oral health issue. Your dentist will be able to advise you on whether the two treatments are compatible.
How can we help?
Have questions or ready to schedule an appointment? We are here to help!