Recent self improvement programs have sparked immense interest in teeth whitening as a means of bringing out the shine in your smile. Our patients often ask us about whitening and its effects so we've included some information here on our web site.
Reason for Tooth Discolouration include:
- Drinking coffee, tea, wine or soft drinks stains teeth
- Natural aging - The dentin underneath the enamel of a tooth darkens
- Smoking or any tobacco use stains teeth
- Accidents - a dead nerve will darken a tooth
- Root Canal Therapy
Whitening acts to bleach the stains and bring out the white in the enamel of your teeth. Whitening especially under dental supervision is safe and effective. Results can last upwards of a year (depending on your eating and lifestyle habits) and can be maintained through touch ups and proper oral hygiene. Side effects are usually minor such as tooth sensitivity for short periods after treatment that dissipate within a few days.
High Park Dental Care offers a take home whitening kit to our patients among other options. Take home whitening puts you more in control of how white your teeth get.
With the take home version of the whitening product you are given custom fitted trays, whitening gel and proper instruction on their use. A benefit to the home version of whitening is that you are in the driver seat and can stop once the level of whitening you are looking for is achieved. Additionally, you have the trays and the gel in the comfort of your own home. You can use them at your convenience to touch up the results if they dull over time with little further expense.
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For a list of frequently asked questions about teeth whitening click here.