Everyone wants a beautiful smile. The team at Queen Street Dental loves to help their patients feel more confident about their teeth through whitening and cosmetic dentistry. Our teeth whitening is effective and can last for years if proper oral care is taken in between check-ups.
Dental whitening is a common procedure in general dentistry but most especially in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Baby teeth are generally whiter than the adult teeth that follow. As a person ages, teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth and stained by bacterial pigments, foodstuffs or tobacco. There are many methods to whiten teeth, such as:
At Queen Street Dental, we offer high-concentration whitening at our Spruce Grove clinic by applying an oxidizing agent to the teeth either with thin plastic trays or by painting it on for a short period of time, which produces quick results. The application trays ideally should be well-fitted to retain the whitening gel, ensuring even and full tooth exposure to the gel. Trays will typically stay on the teeth for about 15-20 minutes.
Whitening can produce dramatic improvements in the cosmetic appearance of most stained teeth. However, some stains do not respond to whitening. Tetracycline staining may require prolonged whitening, as it takes longer for the bleach to reach the dentine layer. Whitening is not recommended if teeth have decay or infected gums. It is also least effective when the original tooth colour is grayish and may require custom whitening trays. Whitening is most effective with yellowish teeth. However, whitener does not work where bonding has been used and neither is it effective on tooth-colour filling. Other options to deal with such cases are the porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
The side effects that occur most often are a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity and mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, particularly the gums. Tooth sensitivity often occurs during early stages of the whitening treatment. Tissue irritation most commonly results from an ill-fitting mouthpiece tray rather than the tooth-whitening agent. Both of these conditions usually are temporary and disappear within one to three days after treatment.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about teeth whitening or any other type of cosmetic dentistry.