What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
As we get older, our teeth darken naturally as they get discoloured and stained both on and inside the surface of the tooth. Lots of factors could lead to the discolouration of your teeth, including:
- Dental hygiene upkeep
- Foods and beverages like coffee and red wine
Whitening your teeth at your dentist's office is a simple, non-invasive process that could change the natural colour of your teeth by targeting and removing stains.
Our dentistry team at Arenson Dental & Associates could help you determine if teeth whitening is right for you.
Whitening Options To Match Your Lifestyle
Choose between In-office or take-home teeth whitening.
The goal of our whitening treatments is to help you obtain a brighter, whiter smile, your way. This is why we provide you with 2 options for treatment – in our office with our dental team, or a personalized process that can be done at home. Both options could put you on the path to your new smile!
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. Having a brighter smile could help boost your self-esteem and confidence.
On top of this, taking care of your oral health could have a positive effect on your overall health and well-being.
How Teeth Whitening Works
For whitening treatments, our dentists use a peroxide-based gel. This gel breaks down stain molecules, that could lead to a whiter, brighter-looking smile. The peroxide gel is non-toxic, non-allergenic, and very safe to use.
Different shades of white suit different people. Your dental professional will help you choose the right shade for your teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
At our Richmond Hill office we offer a teeth whitening option that could efficiently, effectively, and safely whiten your teeth. How does this work? First, a barrier is applied around your gums to protect them, and then a thin layer of whitening gel is applied to each tooth. When the treatment is successfully completed your teeth can look visibly whiter.
Personalized Take-Home Teeth Whitening
You could also obtain a brighter and whiter smile at home by taking our at-home whitening process. If you opt for the take-home whitening option, we will make impressions of your mouth and develop custom whitening trays. You apply a whitening gel to these trays and wear them according to the directions for use. At the end of the treatment period, you will notice that you have visibly whiter teeth!
Teeth Whitening FAQs
See the answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding our teeth whitening services at Arenson Dental & Associates.
- How long do the effects of teeth whitening last?
Whitening is not permanent. Drinks like wine and coffee, as well as certain foods, including ones that contain turmeric, could stain your teeth. Depending on what your diet is, the whitening effects could last longer for some patients than others. If you maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine, you may just want a touch-up after one year or so.
- Does insurance cover the cost of teeth whitening?
Dental insurance doesn't usually cover the cost of teeth whitening.
- Does teeth whitening make teeth more sensitive?
Sensitivity could be one short-term side effect. For most people, this goes away after a few days following a whitening session. To minimize any discomfort, we suggest using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste prior to the start of treatment, and for at least two weeks following your treatment.
- Do teeth whitening products work on all stains?
Brown and yellow-coloured stains generally respond better to teeth whitening treatments. Other stains typically don't respond to whitening treatments at all. If it's important for you to have a whiter smile but your teeth have non-responsive stains, your dentist might suggest other cosmetic treatments such as dental crowns or veneers that could be a better match for you.
- Does teeth whitening work on dental restorations?
Unfortunately not. Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth and will not work on existing dental restorations such as dental crowns or veneers. If crowns or veneers are part of your treatment plan, you should schedule your teeth whitening treatment before you get your dental restorations.
- Will teeth whitening damage my tooth enamel?
When used under the supervision of a qualified dentist, teeth whitening is very unlikely to damage your dental enamel. Always talk to your dentist to make sure you are safely using any teeth whitening products. If you experience any pain, sensitivity, or discomfort anywhere in your mouth, let your dentist know right away. Even if it’s not related to whitening, they will be able to help.