Do you brush and floss regularly but still wish your smile would look whiter and brighter? Teeth naturally get darker with age and can also become stained by tobacco use and exposure to certain foods and drinks like coffee or red wine. Sometimes, good results can be seen with at home whiteners but for more lasting results, tooth bleaching under the supervision of your dentist is also an option.
There are three methods for bleaching teeth. The number of teeth that need to be bleached, and how badly they are discoloured or stained will determine the method that will work best for you.
Your dentist may either:
- Put a special bleach on your stained teeth and use heat and light to start the bleaching action
- Suggest wearing a custom-made mouthguard filled with a special bleach for a certain amount of time each night
- Prescribe brushing with a special toothpaste that contains bleach
Bleaching should be done only under the care of your dentist. Home-use tooth-bleaching systems are available to the general public but you should talk to your dentist before using one to make sure it is the right option for you. Clinical studies support the safety and effectiveness of home-use bleaching gels when used appropriately.
Tooth sensitivity and irritation to soft tissues can occur during any bleaching treatment, but the sensitivity should subside after a few days.
If you have any questions about whitening your teeth you can call us at (647) 794-1108 to help.