At Uptown Fort McMurray Dental we offer two techniques for whitening your teeth.
In-office whitening, or laser whitening, is a method to whiten teeth performed only in a dental office. The process involves the use of a UV light to activate the components of the bleach that is placed directly onto the teeth. The procedure takes about 2 hours and you will leave the office with a noticeably whiter smile. You will continue to whiten for up to 24 hours after you leave the office, so we ask that you avoid any dark foods and liquids to achieve your maximum result.
The long-term result depends solely on each individual and their everyday lifestyle. For example, anything that can stain a white t-shirt can stain your teeth. The use of tobacco products, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and dark foods can stain your teeth.
Take Home Whitening Kit
Regular whitening strips can move around and aren’t able to bend and curve around the anatomy of your teeth. Here at the Uptown Fort McMurray Dental, we offer custom take home whitening kits. We will take impressions of your teeth and make you custom fitted trays. Your trays will help to hold the whitening gel in place and make sure all the areas of your teeth are whitened. We recommend whitening your teeth for 3 minutes a day for approximately 2 weeks to achieve your optimal shade.
How long will this treatment last?
Teeth will naturally darken and stain with time. The longevity of professional whitening procedures is dependent on several factors, including eating habits, age and your genetic makeup. Staining of teeth can be caused by poor quality enamel, enamel wear, tetracycline staining, smoking, chewing tobacco, tea, coffee, red wine, cola, certain spices, use of abrasive toothpastes, etc. You may also have naturally yellow or greyish teeth because of genetic factors.
Is it harmful to my teeth in any way?
There has never been a reported case of any long-term sensitivity or damage to the teeth. Whitening products have been subject to a multitude of studies for more than a decade and have been proven time after time to be very safe. The whitening will not compromise the existing structure of your tooth enamel. Due to safety precautions, it is suggested that this procedure not be performed on women who are pregnant or where the patient has a known allergy or chemical sensitivity to peroxides or glycols.
How long does the procedure take?
The in-office whitening procedure is designed to lighten teeth using a hydrogen peroxide gel and a UV light. The total appointment time is approximately 2 hours. Time is taken for preparing the teeth and helping to barrier the gum tissue. This is then followed by 2 30-minute sessions. Home whitening usually takes a minimum of 2 weeks to achieve results and may take longer.
What are the risks involved?
Some patients experience extreme sensitivity or tingling during the procedure. There is also the possibility of transient sensitivity to cold and “electric” type feelings for up to 48 hours after the whitening procedure. During the whitening process, patients are asked to put away cell phones to prevent any movement while the bleaching is occurring. Moving during the procedure can cause the bleach to touch the gums, lips, or cheeks which results in burns. Please ask if you have any questions or concerns before you start your whitening.
Will this also lighten the crown on my front tooth?
Existing crowns, veneers, bridges and white fillings will not respond to whitening. If you are not sure about the current situation of your teeth, ask your dentist. In cases where this presents a problem, rest assured that there are wonderful solutions available to cosmetically enhance your smile. Your dentist will be able to discuss your options with you.
How should I prepare for this procedure?
For optimal performance and even absorption of the product it is necessary for teeth to be free of plaque, stain and tartar. This may require you to have a professional cleaning. It is recommended that you have a cleaning within three months of a whitening procedure. Any tooth sensitivity should be reported to your dentist.
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