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
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.