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About Teeth Whitening
Everyday consumption of coffee, soda and staining foods can dull and darken teeth.
Teeth whitening treatment is an option to reduce stains on discoloured teeth. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth.
Would I benefit from teeth whitening?
Your dental professional can determine if you are a viable candidate for teeth whitening through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.
Please contact us to book a consultation for teeth whitening services, we would be happy to help find your personal solution.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
- Does insurance cover the cost of teeth whitening?
Dental insurance does not usually cover the cost of teeth whitening procedures. This is because teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure, and has no health benefits for your teeth.
- How long do the teeth whitening effects last?
Teeth whitening isn't permanent. In particular, if you expose your teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining, you will likely begin to see the whiteness start to fade after a few months. If you avoid these foods and drinks, you may only need a touch up after a year (or more).
- Will teeth whitening cause my teeth to be more sensitive?
You may notice that your teeth start to ache during the whitening procedure, and you may also feel some discomfort when consuming hot or cold foods or drinks afterwards. Sensitivity is a short-term side effect to teeth whitening, and for most people it fades away within a few days after the whitening session.
- Are whitening products effective on stains of any colour?
Teeth with yellowish stains respond best to bleaching, and brown-coloured teeth respond fairly well. Grey or purple discolouration tend not to respond well to bleaching at all.
Blue-gray staining (which can be caused by tetracycline) is probably the most difficult to lighten with teeth whitening.
Teeth with these types of dark or stubborn stains may be better candidates for other cosmetic treatments to lighten their colour, such as veneers, bonding, or crowns. Talk to your dentist about the cosmetic treatments best suited for your requirements
- Will teeth whitening also whiten my existing dental restorations (e.g., crowns or bonding)?
No, teeth whitening will not whiten existing dental restorations; it only works on natural teeth. Talk to your dentist about a whole mouth cosmetic treatment plan that will allow you to achieve the desired results
- Will teeth whitening damage my tooth enamel?
If overdone, or done incorrectly, teeth whitening can potentially damage tooth enamel. However, if used under the supervision of a qualified dentist, it is very unlikely that teeth whitening will damage your dental enamel. Continue to consult with your dentist about your teeth whitening efforts to ensure that you are continuing to use the teeth whitening products safely.
Teeth Whitening Options
Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening
Professional bleaching treatments can be done at our dental office, typically within an hour. We use a tray that has been custom-made to fit your smile in order to apply the whitening solution to your teeth.
We will repeat this process a few times, until the desired shade of white is achieved.
Professional At-Home Teeth Whitening
We also provide take-home whitening kits for patients who would prefer the flexibility of whitening their teeth at home.
These at-home kits provide the same results as in-office whitening, only over a longer period of time.