Over time our teeth will naturally become discoloured either from food and drink, tobacco use and even over the course of aging. Teeth whitening is a process that can be done either in our office or at home to remove the discolouration.
When Should I Think About Teeth Whitening?
If you look in the mirror and your smile isn’t as pearly white as you’d like it to be, teeth whitening might be the solution that you’re looking for. Here at Rosthern Dental we offer both in office or at home treatments to whiten your teeth and bring back that pearly white shine.
Stains on your teeth can be caused from a number of different factors and can come from either extrinsic or intrinsic causes. Extrinsic stains can occur from various things like food (such as balsamic vinegar, soy sauce or various curries), beverages (such as cola, tea, coffee or red wine) or smoking.
Intrinsic stains are from within the tooth and can be caused due to things like exposure to certain medications (like tetracycline) during tooth formation, darkening following root canal therapy, or necrotic teeth.
It is important to determine if the cause of your stained teeth is either extrinsic or intrinsic as this determines the treatment options that will work for you and your teeth.
Extrinsic staining is a perfect candidate for tooth whitening, helping to remove the stains built up on your teeth and returning them to their original, pearly white states. While anyone can undergo tooth whitening if their teeth are stained via extrinsic methods, it does work better on stains that are yellow as opposed to grey.
If you are facing intrinsic staining or colouration to your teeth, unfortunately teeth whitening is not the solution for you and your teeth. Instead, you can look at options to improve the colour of your teeth through crowns or veneers, or internal bleaching (following a root canal treatment).
If you are facing stained teeth and looking for a solution, speak to one of our many highly trained professionals to discuss what option would best suit your needs.
How to care for your teeth after whitening.
After you’ve been through the process of whitening your teeth, you will want to take steps to ensure that your new bright, white smile stays that way for as long as possible. To help, avoid tooth staining food and beverages as much as possible, especially for the first 24 hours after your treatment. If you do partake in tooth staining food or drink, try your best to be able to brush your teeth as soon as possible, removing the staining agents from your teeth as quickly as you can.
As time goes on however, due to the natural aging process of your teeth and more exposure to stain causes elements, your teeth will slowly start to yellow or stain once again. To combat this, we offer 3 years of bleach refills at material cost to you, in order for you to be able to affordably keep your teeth touched up and keep smiling.
Fairhaven Dental makes bleaching trays custom fit to your teeth for at home bleaching. Benefits of custom bleach trays: even distribution of material, protection of soft tissue from bleach materials, convenient use at home.
Pola Advanced Tooth Whitening System
Tooth sensitivity can be a side effect of whitening. For those with sensitivity, we may recommend the use of Pola Night whitening solution as its active ingredient Carbamide Peroxide is slower acting and gentler than Pola Day, which uses Hydrogen Peroxide.
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