Teeth Whitening

Why whiten your smile?
Your smile is often someone’s first look at your personality. A smile can convey a lot: happiness, success, friendliness, and empathy. It’s important for your first impression to be a warm, beautiful smile.

But as you get older, you may notice that your smile isn’t as sparkling white as it was in your younger years. In fact, you may even notice that your smile is beginning to look a little dull or yellow. Stains can often sneak up on us over time. Years of exposure to certain foods, beverages such as coffee and tea, medications, and habits like smoking can slowly turn our smile from dazzling to dingy. Even people who practice excellent oral hygiene and stay regular with dental visits may not completely avoid the effect of the aging process on teeth. Since discoloration is nearly impossible to avoid, teeth whitening has become one of the most sought after cosmetic dental solutions that we offer.

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

When you have white teeth, people will simply notice your beautiful smile, versus the individual components. However, if you have stained, dingy, or dull teeth, that is probably all someone will be able to see.

In many cases, patients seek whitening services for a specific event. Perhaps you are heading to a wedding, or an upcoming reunion. A newly whitened smile can help you feel confident and attractive. The best part is with proper care; your whitened smile can last for a long time.

Candidates for whitening treatment

Candidates for whitening treatment
In order to receive whitening treatments, you must have good oral health. Any issues with cavities or gum disease will need to be addressed prior to starting treatment. In addition, patients with multiple restorations such as crowns or fillings may not be good candidates, Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. As restorations do not respond to whitening treatments. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

*For patients under 18, a consulting with your health care professional is recommended.

To learn more about the best method for whitening your teeth, contact Spring Orchid Dental today.

Am I a candidate?
People with yellow-toned discolouration tend to get the best results with whitening. Those with brown-toned discolouration don’t respond as well, and those with grey-toned discolouration often don’t respond to whitening at all. Tetracycline (antibiotic) staining cannot be bleached out of teeth and will require other cosmetic options, such as porcelain veneers.

Antibiotic staining

Disadvantages of over the counter whitening

We understand that you have options when it comes to choosing how to whiten your teeth. Tooth enamel is porous which means it will absorb stain-causing molecules present in certain drinks and foods. If you’ve ever been in the whitening section of the supermarket and pharmacy, you know there are many options for toothpastes, gels, and other products that promise a polished, sparkling white smile. The problem is with the bleaching agent. Over-the-counter methods do not have the bleaching power of professional methods. There’s a good chance you’ll be disappointed in the results and you will visit our office looking for professional alternatives.

Whitening Toothpastes
The truth is whitening toothpastes and gels can work to a certain extent. These products typically contain some sort of abrasive to remove the stains from the top layer of the enamel. While they can effectively remove surface stains, they cannot tackle the deep stains or whiten teeth beyond their natural shade.

Whitening Strips
Most patients are disappointed with the results from whitening strips. These options are one size fits all, which means patients are often left with uneven whitening. In addition, contact with the gums can also cause increased sensitivity or irritation.

Teeth-whitening with Spring Orchid Dental

Who doesn’t love a bright, beautiful, radiant smile? Teeth whitening is one of our most popular cosmetic procedures at our practice and is very simple!
Teeth whitening is a relatively new procedure that brightens and whitens your natural teeth. Many of our patients have expressed an interest in having a brighter, more attractive smile. They have been surprised that cosmetic dentistry can make such a dramatic difference in their smile, both comfortably and in only a few appointments.

Choice of In-office or home whitening
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. Using a chemical process, your dentist can bleach your teeth in one of two ways. He can do an in-office procedure, or provide you with a system to use at home.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

How successful is whitening?

How successful is it?
Teeth whitening has about a 90% success rate, however it can be unpredictable and results will vary from one individual to the next, depending on the level of discolouration. It’s very important to have realistic expectations from the outset – whitening will go a long way to brightening your smile but the results cannot be guaranteed. It is also important to understand that results are not permanent, and newly whitened teeth will fade quicker and can become stained again if you continue exposing them to the same substances that originally stained them depending on lifestyle factors such as diet (red wine, tea and coffee for example), smoking and so on. This means touch ups are required to maintain your results long term. Keep in mind, because whitening products are not meant to clean teeth, it is still important to continue practicing daily oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.