That pearly white smile in your school pictures dims a little over the years. This is natural – but it doesn’t mean you have to live with it! At Woodcreek Dental Care, we offer a variety of safe and effective options for teeth whitening in Calgary.
Here’s what you need to know about teeth whitening:
Why do teeth discolour?
Teeth yellow as you get older. Other causes of discolouration and staining include:
- Frequent exposure to coffee, tea, cola and red wine
- Tobacco use
- Injury or damage to the tooth’s nerve
Exposure to tetracycline and antibiotics or excess fluoride in childhood may also lead to discolouration.
How does teeth whitening work?
Most teeth whitening procedures begin with a gel which, as it breaks down, forces oxygen into the tooth enamel, breaking up the deposits which cause the stain without causing damage to the enamel. Some whitening techniques are better than others for removing deep and stubborn discolouration (such as those caused by excess fluoride).
It is best to have a dental exam and cleaning prior to any whitening procedure to:
- Assess the stains and determine which procedure would work best
- Make sure that cavities, gum problems and sensitive teeth are addressed before treatment
- Create a smoother surface for more effective whitening treatment
Do at-home teeth whitening kits work?
Home treatments make use of a weak peroxide gel which takes longer to whiten your teeth than the formulations used in the dentist’s office. Also, because the trays are not properly moulded to your teeth, the gel can come in contact with the tissues around the teeth, causing irritation and tooth sensitivity. The results of at-home teeth whitening do not last as long as professional whitening at the dentist’s office.
What is ZOOM! Whitening?
As the name implies, ZOOM! Whitening is a very effective treatment for whitening teeth. During the procedure, we:
- Cover the lips and gums to protect them and prevent irritation
- Apply the patented ZOOM! hydrogen peroxide/carbamide peroxide gel
- Activate the break-up of stains and discolouration with a special light
All you have to do is sit back and relax in the chair – and be ready to see a dramatic difference! You can enhance and maintain your new smile with some supplemental trays, customized for you to use at home.
Are there alternatives to ZOOM! Whitening?
Yes, but many of them aren’t as effective as ZOOM! Whitening. At Woodcreek Dental Care, we have found ZOOM! Whitening the most cost-effective way of whitening teeth. There are other treatments available but we have not found them to be as effective. Please discuss your concerns with Dr. Hartley to determine the best option for you.
Can chemical teeth whitening remove all stains?
We cannot predict how much lighter your teeth will become and some stains can be particularly difficult to remove. In such cases, we recommend porcelain veneers, which are a lasting solution to the problem of stained, discoloured teeth.
Once again I was treated with gentleness and kindness. My dental work was done under sedation. Other than the obvious results afterward, I’m not even sure I was there.
If you are looking for a dentist but are afraid, I strongly recommend Woodcreek Dental. They do a great job with sedation.
As a patient with an overwhelming phobia for all things dental, I am thrilled to have found such an understanding and supportive group of professionals at Woodcreek. Their IV sedation has enabled me to begin much-needed treatment, and I’m actually looking forward to having more work done! Thank you so much!!
I went with the IV sedation and was extremely happy with the work that was provided; I am writing this the day after my procedure – which was extensive. I have no pain and I can tell that great care was taken even though I was completely sedated during the procedure.
Two Thumbs Up!!