For various reasons, as we age, our teeth tend to become darker in colour. Teeth whitening can be a quick way to restore the natural brightness to your smile!
The Teeth Whitening Process
During your first whitening appointment with us, we will make impressions of your teeth to fabricate a whitening tray for you.
At your second appointment, you will get your tray, your dental teeth bleaching materials, and instructions on how to apply the gel and for how long to apply to gel.
The tray will be custom made to fit your mouth. You may find it surprisingly lightweight and comfortable, making it ideal to use while you are awake or overnight. It's thin enough that you'll be able to talk and work comfortably while wearing it.
Most bleaching systems require 10-14 days to achieve the desired result. A good rule of thumb is to try and match the colour of your teeth to the whites of your eyes. Any whiter than that and your teeth may begin to look artificial.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Professional teeth whitening is considered safe and effective. Some patients experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity in the days following application of the whitening product, but this will resolve itself when the treatment ends.
What can I expect?
Dental bleaching can only lighten the existing colour of your teeth.
It does not change the colour of such materials as resins, silicates or porcelains.
With our cosmetic teeth bleaching kits, you will generally have at least one vial of bleaching gel left over after your initial course of bleaching. You can use this to do touch-ups to your smile over time.
You can continue to use your custom mouth guard and buy vials of bleaching gel separately, as you need them.
If your teeth are very sensitive, if you have periodontal disease, or if your teeth have thin enamel, we may discourage bleaching and recommend porcelain veneers instead.