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August 2013 - Teeth Whitening

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August 2013Vol.1 No.2

Teeth Whitening

Now that summer is almost over and vacation time is ending, why not go back to work or school with a bright dazzling smile, by whitening your teeth?

There are a few different options to whiten your teeth, let’s explore them!

"Whitening" Toothpastes

"Whitening" toothpastes (and chewing gums etc.) use special abrasives to help them remove surface stains.  Despite claiming to whiten teeth, it is important to know that the effectiveness of these products is limited to surface stains.  Therefore, the color of the teeth is unchanged.  To whiten teeth, a bleaching agent must be used.  Two techniques of bleaching are available: chairside (in-clinic) and at-home.

Chairside Whitening

This procedure takes place at the clinic and usually requires one or two visits of one hour each.  It involves the application of a protective gel to the gums around the teeth followed by a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues.  A whitening agent is then applied to the teeth and an intense light is used to enhance/activate the gel.  The advantage with this procedure is that the results are immediate.

At-home Whitening

A short visit to the clinic is required during which models or impressions of your teeth are taken and special thin shells (trays) that go over your teeth are fabricated.  A peroxide containing gel is then placed in these shells that are inserted onto the teeth.  The complete treatment usually consists of a 45 minute daily application for one to two weeks.  Although longer, this technique is more economical than chairside bleaching while giving similar results.

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Chairside Bleaching

It is important to understand that not all teeth whiten effectively.  While yellow teeth whiten very well, brownish hued teeth may not whiten as well, and grayish hued teeth even less so.  As well, tooth withening will not have an effect on restaurations like fillings, veneers, crowns, and bridges.  Therefore, one must be aware that some restaurations may need to be replaced following the bleaching to match the new, whiter color of the teeth.  Another option is to investigate alternative treatments to whitening altogether such as bondings or veneers.

Cancer buccalBleaching Tray

Lastly, tooth whitening may have some potential side effects such as gum irritation or tooth sensitivity.  These are usually very transient and disappear once the treatment is finished.

Should you like to reserve your session at our clinic or if you have any questions regarding this procedure, please feel free to contact us at 450-433-9339 or by e-mailing us at info@bukal.ca