At Highmoor Dental, our dentists offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options to help our Edmonton patients brighten their smiles.
Professional teeth whitening is an effective and safe way of removing stains and lightening the colour of your teeth.
With age, teeth become more vulnerable to staining from food and other substances. Particles are naturally attracted to a tooth's enamel, and products like coffee, tea, berries and tobacco are notorious for staining teeth.
The bleaching agents which are used during the teeth whitening process are designed to reverse the effects of aging and staining, and to lighten the colour of your teeth.
Teeth whitening uses bleaching agents that are peroxide-based. Oxygen acts on the tooth enamel as the active ingredient breaks down, creating the whitening effect.
At Highmoor Dental, our in-office whitening procedure generally takes about 2 hours. Firstly, we apply a barrier around your gums to protect them. After that, we apply a thin layer of gel and chemically activate it on each tooth. This process is repeated a few times, until the desired shade of white is achieved.
At Highmoor Dental, we offer at-home whitening options so that you can whiten your teeth in the comfort and convenience of your home. Custom whitening trays are created specifically for your smile. Your dentist will also provide you with thorough at-home instructions to follow during your course of treatment.
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about teeth whitening at Highmoor Dental.
Teeth whitening isn't a permanent solution to whiten your smile.
If your expose your teeth to food and drink which causes staining, you will probably start to see the whiteness of your teeth fade after a few months.
If you avoid these foods and drinks after your teeth whitening treatment, you may just need a touch up after a year or so.
Sensitivity is a short-term side effect to teeth whitening. For most patients it fades away within a few days after a whitening session.
To minimize your discomfort, we advise that you use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste before your treatment and for at least two weeks afterwards.
Yellow and brown-coloured stains respond the best to teeth whitening treatments.
Grey, blue and purple-coloured stains tend not to respond to whitening at all. For teeth with these types of stains, patients may be better candidates for cosmetic treatments such as veneers or dental crowns.
No, teeth whitening only works on natural teeth. It does not work on existing dental restorations such as veneers or dental crowns.
If veneers or crowns are part of your treatment plan, teeth whitening should take place before you receive your dental restorations.
If used under the supervision of a qualified dentist, it is very unlikely that teeth whitening will damage your dental enamel.
Always consult with your dentist to ensure that you are using any teeth whitening products safely.
Dental insurance will usually not be able to cover the cost of tooth whitening, since it is a purely cosmetic procedure with no health benefits for your teeth.
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