Other than check-ups, tooth whitening is the most common reason for visiting a dentist. Simply put, it’s a cosmetic procedure that helps to lighten and brighten teeth using chemicals and UV light. When getting your teeth whitened at the dentist’s office, this is called chairside bleaching.
Tooth whitening is popular because teeth naturally just get stained. From the food we eat, to the vices we partake, and the habits we practice. It’s completely natural for teeth to lose a little bit of their color over time.
All teeth whitening procedures involve bleaching. Whitening products can contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These help to dissolve stains so your teeth get brighter. Depending on if it’s professional or home bleaching, formulas can have different strengths and processing times.
Unfortunately, teeth whitening doesn’t work on all discolourations. Some teeth might not take to the bleach well, especially if they have brown and gray undertones. Whitening procedures also don’t work on cosmetic restorations. This includes dental caps, veneers, crowns, and fillings.
While professional whitening at a dentist’s office works faster than at-home methods, the latter can make it more convenient. If you are whitening your teeth at home, there are a number of products you can try. This includes stain removal toothpaste, over-the-counter bleaching products, whitening gels, and whitening strips.
One thing to consider if you are planning on whitening your teeth is sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth and gums, you may need to delay whitening your teeth. Visit your Newmarket dentist today for a check-up to find out if your teeth would benefit from a chairside bleaching.