Teeth Whitening in Calgary
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Teeth whitening is a multi-billion dollar industry and includes everything from whitening toothpastes and rinses to over-the-counter and professional treatments. If you are interested in teeth whitening in Calgary, it is important that you understand the differences in the products and treatments that are available. This will help you better receive the whitening results you are looking for.
If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth or if you have tried over-the-counter whitening products with unsatisfactory results, professional teeth whitening at Inglewood Family Dental may be your answer to a whiter smile! Professional Whitening is a noninvasive, cosmetic dentistry procedure that is used to whiten the shade of your teeth in as little as one application!
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
When you are a child, your baby, or deciduous, teeth are typically bright white. As your adult teeth emerge, they are often darker or yellower in appearance, and this discoloration continues as you get older. Several different factors affect tooth discoloration and are broken down into internal and external factors.
Internal changes occur because of changes to the enamel or dentin of the tooth. The most common internal factors include high levels of fluoride and other antibiotic use during childhood, developmental disorders that affect the teeth, tooth decay, dental restorations, problems with root canals, or direct dental trauma.
External changes are more possible to control with daily life changes. The main causes of tooth discoloration due to external factors are smoking, drinking coffee, tea and sodas, as well as certain dark-colored foods, such as blueberries.
Teeth Whitening Versus Bleaching
When it comes to dental treatments and products, the term whitening is thrown around for everything, though there is a very distinct difference between whitening and bleaching. Whitening products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes clean debris and can polish away external discoloration on the teeth. If you want to address internal discoloration, these whitening products will not work. In order to address internal discoloration, you need a product or treatment that uses a chemical that penetrates the enamel and breaks down the discolored components in the structure of the tooth. For this, you need a bleaching agent, containing a chemical in the hydrogen peroxide family. If you are looking for teeth whitening in Calgary, your best bet is to talk with our Calgary dentists to determine which options will work best for you.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Systems
Over-the-counter whitening systems offer the ability to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. While this has its advantages, over-the-counter products are not as effective in whitening the teeth as professional treatments are because they use a lower concentration chemical. There is also a greater risk of tooth sensitivity and gum irritation and damage. Over-the-counter options typically take weeks of daily treatments before you see any noticeable results.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening in a Dental Office
In-office bleaching produces the fastest results and is the safest form of bleaching. Before bleaching, your teeth are cleaned to remove any plaque and debris on the tooth surface. A cheek retractor moves the lips to expose the front teeth and protective coating in placed onto the gums to reduce the risk of irritation. The high concentrate bleaching agent is applied to each tooth and left on for 15-30 minutes. This can be repeated in order to achieve desired whitening. Some whitening systems may use a special light to enhance the lightening process. Teeth can whiten by as many as eight shades. In order to maintain the new color, the dentist may recommend an at-home kit. Unlike over-the-counter kits, these have a higher concentration bleaching agent and often include a formed mold to your mouth to reduce the risk of irritation.
Possible Side Effects Associated with Teeth Whitening
Most side effects associated with teeth whitening are temporary and fade within a few days of treatment. You may experience gum irritation, especially with the use of over-the-counter products. This irritation typically clears up within a few hours. Another possible side effect is tooth sensitivity, so you may notice that your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold foods for a couple days.
While most side effects of tooth whitening are only temporary, in rare cases they can cause nerve damage and tooth sensitivity. Regular bleaching of the teeth can lead to the wearing away of the tooth enamel, causing discoloration and even translucence of the enamel.
Things to Consider Before Starting a Whitening Treatment
Before you begin a tooth whitening procedure, there are a few things to consider. Begin with having a good dental cleaning to make sure your teeth are clear of all plaque and debris. If you have fillings or crowns on any of your front teeth, these teeth will not lighten in shade as they are not affected by the bleaching process.
If you are considering professional teeth whitening, give our office a call today to set up an initial consultation and see how whitening can brighten your smile.
Request Your Whitening Consultation Today!
To learn if you are an ideal candidate for Professional Teeth Whitening, please contact Inglewood Family Dental at (403) 265-5888. Dr. Arash Ravanbakhsh looks forward to helping you improve your smile!
FAQ About Teeth Whitening
How Much Does It Cost to Get Your Teeth Professionally Whitened?
When getting your teeth whitened the cost can vary depending on the type of whitening you would like. If you were to do the take home tray option, you are going to pay less than professional in-office whitening. The over-the-counter bleaching strips and trays are the cheapest option out of them all ending up at around $100 but are also the least effective. There are many factors put into place on whether or not any teeth whitening will work for you. Some of these are hereditary, age and whatever type of staining may be present on your teeth.
Is It Bad to Whiten Your Teeth?
It can only be considered “bad” if you whiten your teeth improperly. It is safe as long as you stick to all of the methods your dentist recommends to you. Every person is different so make sure you pay close attention to the directions your dentist gives specifically to you. It is possible for your teeth to become more sensitive once you get your teeth whitened, this will go away over time. It is also possible for you to end up with irritated gums, this happens due to your gums being in contact with the whitening product. This will also go away with time.
Is It Worth Getting Your Teeth Whitened at The Dentist?
If you are wanting a brighter smile and are wanting to gain more confidence, teeth whitening is worth it. You are able to bring whitening kits home and do it yourself, or you can go see your dentist and have it done at their office. If you’re wanting something to be done properly, it’s well worth the cost of having a dental professional whiten your teeth. Schedule an appointment with our dedicated Calgary dentist today.