Get your confident and Brighter smile

Teeth whitening

Whitening (or bleaching) is a simple non-invasive treatment used to change the color of natural teeth and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. A thorough examination of your mouth is necessary before any treatment can be started. To (1) determine why your teeth are not as white as before and assess the chances of success and (2) recommend the best whitening method for you and monitor the results of the treatment.

Some restorations, especially if located in the front of the mouth, may need to be replaced after whitening to ensure they match the new tooth color, since fillings do not whiten.

Whitening techniques include (1) at home whitening using custom trays, (2) over the counter whitening agents. There are pros and cons to each method and we would be happy to recommend the ideal one for you. The most frequent side effects are temporary tooth sensitivity and irritation of the gums. Expectant or nursing women should wait until after their pregnancy or nursing period before having their teeth whitened. Children under age twelve should not use teeth whitening products.

Whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes and chewing gums only eliminate surface stains and do not alter tooth color.

Post Bleaching Care Instructions
Congratulations on your brighter smile!!!

Before placement of the whitening gel, make sure to brush and floss your teeth.

What to do for the next few days: We recommend, as much as you can, to avoid “staining” substances for 48 hours. This includes: red wine or dye coloured drinks, colas, berries, coffee, smoking, etc. If you absolutely must have any of the above drinks (such as coffee), try drinking through a straw, which helps to minimize the contact with your front teeth.To help reduce any post‐treatment sensitivity, we recommend that you brush gently for a minute with a fluoride‐relief toothpaste (e.g. sensodyne).

The customized trays should be worn for 60-90 minutes for the next 10-14 days, filled with the bleaching gel that was given to you in the take‐home kit. Only a small amount of gel is needed in each tray. If you are very, very sensitive then do the whitening every second day. You may (and should) use the touch up bleach on a regular basis, as often as once every 3 to 6 months for 1-3 applications (each usage being for 60-90 minutes). Your whitening needs will determine how often you require home whitening. As you notice the lightness toning down, it is time to use the trays and whitening solution.

It is also beneficial to use the trays and whitening solution the night following your dental cleaning appointments, taking advantage of the polished tooth surfaces for optimal whitening. As your esthetic needs are unique and the usage of the product will vary from patient to patient, ask us how often you should wear the trays. Good, regular, continued follow up at home will maintain a whiter smile for years.