Our pearly whites lose their shine over time. Aging, certain medications, and habits like smoking or drinking coffee can make it worse.
So, it might be time to consider tooth whitening.
Read about the different treatments you can choose from to restore your smile.
The following are the most popular methods for lightening the surface of teeth by getting rid of discolouration and stains.
All kinds of toothpaste are mildly abrasive to remove surface stains. However, some variants come with special polishing agents that boost the effectiveness of their whitening properties. These don’t change your natural tooth colour but get rid of surface stains more effectively. This means it often takes a long time for them to show results. Hint: they work more efficiently when you discontinue habits that lead to discolouration.
These contain peroxide-based strips and gels that are generally applied using a small brush. Results may take a few days and last up to four months.
Similarly, whitening strips covered with a peroxide-based gel are applied to teeth up to twice daily for 30 minutes at a time. Visible results take around two weeks with effects lasting roughly four months.
As it’s generally performed by dentists, professional teeth whitening is the safest and simplest method as it minimizes the chance of damage to both gums and teeth. A strongly concentrated gel containing hydrogen peroxide is distributed evenly over teeth and dried using a polymerization light. This is repeated until teeth become whiter. The entire process generally takes just a single appointment and the result lasts up to six months.
Your dentist can also prescribe home teeth whitening kits. Although they have less hydrogen peroxide than the substance used in clinics, they’re stronger than store-bought methods.
For best results, your dentist may prepare custom trays for your teeth by taking an impression of them. A special whitening gel is applied on the tray which is then fitted around your teeth. However, it’s vital to follow your dentist’s instructions to ensure progress can be assessed properly.
These are the most popular teeth whitening procedures, though professional whitening is the most effective one. For more information, get in touch with our clinic in Richmond Hill. Our experts will recommend the best option after assessing your dental health.