Teeth whitening, sometimes called “bleaching”, is one of the fastest ways to significantly brighten the color of your natural tooth.
It is a simple way to enhance and improve your smile.
How does tooth whitening work?
Tooth whitening works through the application of a gel which interacts with the tooth surface to remove its surface staining and discolouration. It changes the internal colour of the tooth and makes it lighter.
The active ingredients of the tooth whitening gel is either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. When the peroxides get beneath the teeth surface, it releases oxygen. The oxygen breaks apart the molecules that have settled in tubules of the enamel, much as bleach bleaches your clothes. Stains from coffee, tea, and even smoking can be minimized or even eliminated in just one visit.
Whitening can take effect as quickly as within an hour. For an immediate change whitening be carried out in the dental surgery.And for the best results it can be accompanied by a take home kit. It will have a longer lasting effect.
To get an even better response, having a professional tooth cleaning prior to starting the whitening process will ensure to remove the external stains.
Everybody’s teeth respond differently to whitening treatments.This is due to the thickness of your enamel and genetics. Note that fillings, crowns, bridges and implants will not whiten. Therefore they may need to be changed after the teeth whitening process to match the new shade (colour) of the teeth.
30 Minutes to 1 Hour in Office and 2 Weeks to 3 Months at Home
Wonderful care since my first appointment! Friendly and welcoming! I could not be any more pleased with the whitening and another dental help I had! Alexandra is a brilliant very knowledgeable doctor, kind, attentive, available for any question even after the appointment ! I highly recommend Alexandra Germain for an outstanding experience and results which last!
- What to Expect
During the consultation process, our doctors will determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening and if the procedure can achieve your personal cosmetic wishes..
For the in-office whitening procedure begins by coating the teeth with a professional-grade whitening gel. The hydrogen peroxide-based gels are then activated by a special light that encourages oxygen to enter the dentin and enamel, bleaching out stains and discoloration. The entire chair-side procedure can usually be completed within an hour, you can immediately return to your normal daily life with no downtime, and you can enjoy a whiter, brighter smile.
For the Home whitening, our doctors will have specially customized trays made to fit the contours of your teeth, eliminating the risk of inconsistent whitening. You will choose with the doctor which type of bleach best suits your aesthetic goal. Instructions to be followed at home will be given.
- Is Tooth Whitening safe?
Ultimately the answer to this question is “yes” Tooth whitening is safe.
Contrary to popular belief, your tooth enamel is safe. Dental whitening products only remove surface stains that are in the microscopic pores of your teeth. The bleach does not penetrate deeply within the tooth
- Home whitening or in office professional whitening?
Laser teeth whitening in-clinic really just treats the surface of the teeth, so this will give great results but they will not last. Home whitening with the dental grade gel and trays alone will whiten the inside of the teeth, but not so much the surface. Therefore, when using a combination of professional laser in clinic whitening with top-up trays you are able to whiten both the inside of the tooth and the tooth surface. This gives amazing, long-lasting results that are much more evenly spread along each tooth.
- Is teeth whitening permanent?
The effects of teeth whitening are not permanent. It is likely that a touch-up will be needed every few years. Such procedures are needed more often for patients who smoke, and those who drink wine, tea or coffee.
Because teeth whitening is only effective on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, or other dental modifications. Replacement of such restorations will need to be done after bleaching, so they can be properly color matched to the newly bleached teeth.
- Can I just use over the counter Whitening Strips?
The bleaching solution in over-the-counter products isn’t nearly as strong as what you get at Identity Smile Clinic. And because the trays and strips aren’t designed to perfectly fit around your unique teeth position, the bleaching solution frequently leaks out and comes into contact with your gums, where it acts as an irritant.
- How long does teeth whitening last?
The results of your teeth whitening treatments can last from 6 monthst to two or more years if you maintain a diligent oral hygiene regimen which includes the whitening take-home trays provided by the Identity Smile Clinic
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I’m over the moon with my new smile!