When people think of healthy smiles, the first thing to come to mind is a bright, white, sparkling smile. A smile can dramatically improve your appearance and give you a boost in self-confidence. Brushing and flossing are important for keeping cavities in check, but may fall short of providing the look we want for our smile. That’s where professional we can help. Teeth whitening applications come in a variety of different products and systems from whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter strips and gels to trays and in-office procedures. At Northgate Dental Centre Ltd., we provide in-office teeth whitening for Edmonton area residents. The procedure involves applying a bleaching product directly to your teeth and then using a special light to activate the whitening agent. Read on to learn facts you need to know about teeth whitening.
Teeth can discolour and darken over time. This doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with your hygiene routine, but may be caused by other factors. For example, stains can be caused by drinks like coffee, red wine, and cola as well as tobacco use. If you take a particular medicine, including tetracycline, staining can occur. Although some foods discolour your teeth simple by virtue of their colour, some food/beverages cause the teeth to stain because of their high acidic levels. To reduce their staining power, you could always rely on brushing your teeth after eating. Whatever the reason for your stains, our services can help. For instance, white teeth simply look better than yellowed or stained teeth. Having a more attractive smile often gives people the confidence to show off that smile as they laugh and talk. A whiter smile can also motivate you to take better care of it and follow a better hygiene routine. After all, you will want to do your best to retain the brighter, whiter look for your teeth once you’ve achieved it through whitening.
Teeth whitening could take a long time if your teeth are badly stained and discoloured. Ideally, it is recommended to get your teeth professionally cleaned a month before your teeth whitening procedure. This helps remove any tartar or plaque buildup, facilitating better results.
While most patients don’t find the procedure uncomfortable, those who suffer from sensitive teeth may feel pain. We suggest talking to a professional about your condition to minimize pain.
The treatment isn’t for everyone. If you are pregnant, under the age of 16, have sensitive gums or teeth, have an allergy to a bleaching product, have fillings or other restorations, or suffer from gum disease, the procedure is not recommended. It’s best to talk to your dentist about teeth whitening and whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Professional treatment can yield results faster as well as provide a safer bleaching procedure when compared to over-the-counter methods. Professional oversight is also a lot safer and effective. At your consultation, one of our dentists will walk you through the steps and recommend the right future course of action.
If you’re interested in learning more or wish to improve your smile, contact Northgate Dental Centre Ltd. in Edmonton today.