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Ask the Experts
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening (or sometimes just simply called “bleaching”) is a common procedure as part of a cosmetic dentistry which we can other make a customized mouthguard for you to whiten back at home (known as “take-home whitening”) or we can do it for you and give you that head start in a whiter teeth with in-office whitening.
What’s the difference between the take home and in-office?
|Treatment||Advantages (+)||Disadvantages (-)|
|Take-home whitening||+ Slow, gradual whitening - great for people with very sensitive teeth.||- Slow whitening procedure compared to in-office.|
|+ Cost compared to in-office whitening.|
|In-office whitening||+ Able to whiten your teeth in one sitting||- Cost compared to take home whitening|
Will it damage my teeth?
No, there has been no studies proven that whitening causes any long or short term damage to the tooth structure itself. However you may experience some temporary sensitivity during and after having your tooth whitened.
Is it safe?
Yes, as long as you have it done by a dental professional and follow their advice.
It is normal to experience some sensitivity during tooth whitening; it is also temporary and will not cause permanent, internal and external tooth damage (including the nerves!). The sensitivity is only temporary and will cease following the completion of your whitening treatment.
Before you have any whitening done:
You will need to dedicate at least 1-2 appointments before we dedicate an appointment for you for any in office whitening
It is our practice policy to have a full examination of your oral conditions before we allow any whitening procedure to be done AND any oral conditions must be addressed before we start on ANY whitening procedures. The examinations and the subsequent treatments will be a separate cost to the any type of whitening procedures.
Oral conditions including but not limited to:
- Wisdom tooth extractions
- Gum diseases
- Regular dental cleaning
- Fillings needed to be done
- Crowns, bridges and veneers
- Any cosmetic dental procedures
- Root canal treatments
Once your oral conditions have been addressed, we will take an impression (or a print) of your mouth and make a special whitening tray for you before you start to have your teeth whitened.
So I have my whitening done, how do I maintain that bright smile?
Think of whitening your tooth like dying your hair; it needs a touch up once in a while. Teeth, over time, will gradually turn yellow again due to the foods which we eat (external factors) as well as the anatomy of our teeth (internal factors). Because there are so many factors and variables, it is very difficult for us to estimate when you will need a touch up.
Because of this, just follow a simple rule: if you feel that your teeth has gone a bit yellow and you haven’t touched up for a while, it may be a good time to do it!
Additional whitening gels are available to purchase from our friendly front-staff, please contact our office if you need more gels or if you have any queries.
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