Can you get permanent teeth whitening?

Can you get permanent teeth whitening?

Jan 01, 2021

What Types of Teeth Whitening Options Available?

Apart from colored foods and drinks, age, and medications also contribute to tooth discoloration. As you age, your teeth discolor naturally. The good news is that you can bleach your teeth easily with the available options.

1. Professional teeth whitening

Teeth whitening at the dentist’s office works quickly, and the effects last longer. Yes, the teeth whitening agent used contains a higher percentage of the bleaching product. For the treatment to be done effectively, you’ll need to visit the dentist to whiten your teeth.

Our dentist will apply the whitening product to your teeth. Then, a combination of heat and light to get better results. The process takes 30 to 60 minutes.

2. At-home teeth whitening

  • Whitening rinses. It is easy to use since you swirl it in the mouth for a minute. The bleaching agent comes into contact with the teeth for a short time. Therefore, to achieve permanent teeth whitening, you have to repeat the process till you achieve your desired results.
  • Whitening toothpaste. You use the toothpaste as you brush. It has bleaching products that remove surface stains on the teeth. The brightening is gradual.
  • Gel strips. You will place them on the teeth daily and leave the strips for at most 2 hours. Depending on the ingredients’ strength and your goal, you may need to wear them for 10 to 20 days.
  • Whitening trays. The trays are filled with gel. You fit the trays over your teeth for a couple of hours or as directed by our cosmetic dentist Edmonton AB.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

The whitening products used at home or the dentist’s office contain bleaching ingredients. They contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The bleach breaks the stains on the teeth into smaller pieces and dissolves them. With continued use, the discoloration fades away, and the teeth become white.

Can You Permanently Whiten the Teeth?

Teeth whitening isn’t permanent. If you expose your teeth to colored foods and beverages, the results can fade away even within a month. If you avoid such foods and drinks, the results can last for one year.

The whitening degree depends on the strength of the bleaching product, the type of discoloration, and your teeth’ condition.

If you have severe teeth discoloration, our dentist may recommend veneers to tackle this. The dentist will prepare your teeth to receive a shell. Next, the veneer is fixed on the discolored teeth.

The restoration covers the discolored teeth giving your teeth a natural look and a complete makeover smile. Veneers are a permanent teeth whitening option since the results can last for up to 10 years. However, you have to continue observing good dental habits.

Side Effects of Whitening?

Teeth whitening is safe. However, you may encounter undesirable side effects such as tooth sensitivity. After bleaching, your teeth may become sensitive to hot or cold substances. You may notice it on your first or second appointment. The sensitivity will diminish with time, but our cosmetic dentist in Edmonton, AB, may recommend a toothpaste containing potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride gel to tackle the sensitivity. Also, you can reduce teeth sensitivity by:

  • Wearing the tray or strips for shorter periods
  • Halt teeth whitening for 2 to 3 days to give your teeth time to adjust to teeth whitening

How to Prevent Discoloration?

After you attain your desired result of teeth whitening, your teeth may discolor again. You have to maintain the results and prevent future discoloration by:

  • Limit your intake of coffee, tea, or any colored drinks or foods since they can easily stain your whitened teeth.
  • Brush and floss twice a day.
  • Rinse your mouth after consuming colored foods or drinks to prevent the staining agents from settling on your teeth. It also decreases the chances of plaque building up.
  • Visit our dentist in Great Smile Family Dental at least twice per year or as advised for dental cleaning and exams.
  • Avoid using products containing tobacco.

Schedule an Appointment

It’s possible to whiten your discolored teeth using bleaching products or veneers. Book an appointment today and allow us to examine if you are eligible for teeth whitening. Our dentist will walk with you until you achieve an award-winning smile.

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