What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
As get older, our teeth become darker naturally, as they become discoloured and stained, both on the surface and inside the tooth. Lots of things can cause the discolouration of your teeth, such as:
- Dental hygiene upkeep
- Foods and beverages like coffee and red wine
Professional teeth whitening could be an effective and safe option for making your smile whiter and brighter. It's a simple, non-invasive process that could change the colour of your natural teeth by targeting and removing stains.
Our dentistry team at Spackman Dental is able to help you determine if teeth whitening is an option for you.
Treatment Options To Match Your Lifestyle
It's your choice...Take-home or in-office teeth whitening.
Our goal is to help you obtain a brighter, whiter smile, your way. This is why we offer 2 treatment options – with our dental team in the office or a personalized process that you can complete at home. Whichever method you choose, you'll be on the path to a new smile!
What are the Benefits of Teeth Whitening?
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. Having a brighter smile could improve your self-esteem and confidence.
Also, proper oral health can make an impact on your overall health and well-being.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Our dentists use a peroxide-based gel in teeth whitening treatments. This gel breaks down stain molecules that could make a smile look whiter and brighter. The peroxide gel is non-toxic, non-allergenic, and safe to use.
Different shades of white fit different people. A member of our dental team will help you pick the shade that best matches your teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
At our Calgary dental office we offer a teeth whitening option that can efficiently, effectively, and safely make your teeth whiter. How does it work? First, a barrier is applied around your gums to protect them, and then a thin layer of whitening gel is applied to each tooth. Upon successful completion of your treatment, your teeth will appear visibly whiter.
Personalized Take-Home Teeth Whitening
You are also able to achieve a brighter and whiter smile at home by following our at-home whitening process. If you opt for the take-home whitening option, we will make impressions of your mouth and make custom whitening trays. You add a whitening gel to these trays and wear them based on the directions for use. After the period of treatment, you'll notice that your teeth look visibly whiter!
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Here we share the answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding the teeth whitening services we offer at Spackman Dental.
- How long do the effects of teeth whitening last?
Whitening is not a permanent solution. Beverages including coffee and wine, and some foods, such as those that contain turmeric, can stain your teeth. Depending on your diet, the effects of whitening could last longer for some people than others. If you stick to a healthy oral hygiene routine, you might just want a touch-up after a year or so.
- Does insurance cover the cost of teeth whitening?
Dental insurance doesn't usually cover the cost of teeth whitening.
- Does teeth whitening make teeth more sensitive?
Sensitivity could be one short-term side effect of teeth whitening. For most patients, this goes away within several days after a whitening session. To minimize any discomfort, suggest using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste before your treatment, and for at least two weeks after your treatment.
- Do teeth whitening products work on all stains?
Brown and yellow-coloured stains generally respond better to teeth whitening treatments. Some stains tend not to respond to whitening treatments at all. If it's important to you to have a whiter smile but your teeth have non-responsive stains, your dentist might recommend other cosmetic treatments such as dental crowns or veneers that might be a better fit for you.
- Does teeth whitening work on dental restorations?
Unfortunately not. Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth and will not work on existing dental restorations such as dental crowns or veneers. If crowns or veneers are part of your treatment plan, teeth whitening should take place before you receive your dental restorations.
- Will teeth whitening damage my tooth enamel?
When used under the supervision of a qualified dentist, teeth whitening is very unlikely to damage your dental enamel. Always talk to your dentist first to make sure you are safely using any teeth whitening products. If you experience any pain, sensitivity, or discomfort anywhere in your mouth, inform your dentist immediately, even if it’s not related to whitening, so they can help.