Teeth whitening procedures can help restore the original white color of a person's teeth or make them whiter than they ever were. It is a non-invasive procedure that can be completed in less than an hour. A single teeth whitening treatment can improve the color of a person's teeth by up to 10 shades.
Questions to ask before starting teeth whitening treatments
Here are three questions patient's should ask themselves – and their dentist – before proceeding with whitening treatments.
1. Do I have any existing dental problems?
Teeth can become stained or discolored as a result of dental problems a person is dealing with, like tooth infections and tooth decay. Patients with such issues should have them fixed by a dentist before proceeding with teeth whitening treatments since improving the color of teeth would only hide the problem.
Other dental issues, like short teeth, can become more prominent after whitening teeth. The dentist will consider how improving the color of teeth will affect other issues the person has before clearing them for the treatment.
2. How much teeth whitening do I need?
Many people think having whiter teeth automatically gives them an amazing smile, but that is not how things work. Teeth can become white to the point where it looks unnatural when the person smiles. The ideal shade of white for most people is the color of the white of their eyes or a shade of white close to it. That ensures the patient's smile keeps its natural appearance.
3. What will be the effect of teeth whitening on the restorations I already have?
Most oral restorations, like those made out of ceramics or composite resins, have their white color baked in so whitening treatments do not alter their appearance. The concern for people with oral restorations is typically if the whitening treatment will create a color mismatch between their restorations and the patient's real teeth.
Some dentists prefer to complete teeth whitening treatments before installing restorations to ensure the colors match. Others simply aim to whiten the patient's teeth to the point it matches their restorations.
The importance of professional whitening
It is easy to become tempted to try one of the countless over-the-counter whitening products that are sold at drug stores everywhere. These products are often the cheapest option, but you get what you pay for. OTC whiteners have small concentrations of bleaching agents since stronger ones cannot be sold to the public.
Dentists use professional whitening solutions that can be up to 10 times more concentrated than OTC whiteners. It leads to noticeable results after a single session. Depending on how badly discolored the patient's teeth are, follow up treatments might be needed to reach the desired color.
Improve the color of your teeth
Call or visit our Aurora clinic so our dentist can answer all the questions you have about teeth whitening treatments. Our dentist will ensure the final results of your procedure look natural and blend in with your facial features.
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