At Driftwood Dental, our dentists offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options to help our Smithers patients brighten their smiles.
One safe and effective way to remove stains and lighten the colour of your teeth is to come to our clinic for a professional teeth whitening session.
As we age, our teeth become more vulnerable to staining from food and other substances. Tooth enamel naturally attracts particles, and products such as tea, coffee, berries and tobacco are known to stain teeth.
Peroxide-based bleaching agents used during the teeth whitening process are designed to reverse the effects of staining and aging, effectively lightening the colour of your teeth.
Peroxide-based bleaching agents in teeth whitening solutions help to lighten the colour of your teeth. Oxygen acts on your tooth enamel as the active ingredient breaks down, creating the whitening effect.
In about two hours at our dental clinic, you can have an in-office teeth whitening session. First, a your dentist applies a barrier around your gums to protect them before a thin layer of gel is applied and chemically activated on each tooth. The process will be repeated a few times until the desired shade of white is achieved.
If you choose to whiten your teeth in the comfort and convenience of your home, Driftwood Dental has you covered. We offer at-home whitening options, including custom whitening trays created specifically for your smile. Your dentist will also provide you with detailed at-home instructions to follow during your treatment.
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about teeth whitening at Driftwood Dental.
Teeth whitening is a temporary solution to whiten your smile.
If your teeth are continually exposed to foods and drinks that can cause staining, the whiteness will probably begin to fade after a few months. If you avoid these foods and drinks after your teeth whitening treatment, it's possible you may just need a touchup after one year or so.
One short-term side effect to teeth whitening could be sensitivity. For most patients, this fades within a few days following a whitening session.
To minimize any discomfort, we recommend that you use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste before treatment and for at least two weeks after your treatment.
We find that yellow and brown-coloured stains tend to respond the best to teeth whitening treatments.
Grey, blue and purple-coloured stains usually do not to respond to whitening at all. For teeth with these types of stains, cosmetic treatments such as veneers or dental crowns may be a better fit.
No, teeth whitening is only effective on natural teeth. It does not work on existing dental restorations such as veneers or dental crowns.
If veneers or crowns are components of your treatment plan, teeth whitening should take place before you receive your dental restorations.
If a qualified dentist is supervising your use of teeth whitening products, it's very unlikely that your dental enamel will be damaged.
Always consult your dentist to ensure that you are using any teeth whitening products safely and as intended.
As teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure with no health benefits for your teeth, dental insurance does not typically cover the cost of teeth whitening.
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