Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive procedure used to improve the colour of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
There are many reasons why teeth become stained or discolored, including;
Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
There are a 2 common ways to whiten teeth. Home or in chair whitening.
Home teeth whitening
This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear trays. At your second appointment, your trays will be issued to you along with special whitening solution. The trays are usually worn once a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every 6 months, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
In chair zoom whitening
Zoom!® Chairside Whitening System (Zoom!®) is a fast, safe and effective teeth whitening system.
Zoom!® has many advantages over other treatments, including:
It is important to seek advice from the dentist prior to beginning a bleaching regime. Women who are pregnant or lactating should not seek bleaching treatment.
Zoom!® is a bleaching process that lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth. Zoom!® contains a hydrogen peroxide component (25%), which is the active ingredient in the gel. When hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles. It is these bubbles that eliminate yellowing and staining.
A specialized light is used on the surface of the teeth during the procedure. The internal structure of the teeth remains completely healthy and intact during and after the treatment.
This appointment takes two hours and a home whitening kit is also issued with you. A touchup for this procedure is not recommended within three years.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Veneers are usually very thin durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and colour). They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Reasons for veneers:
Getting veneers requires two visits with little or no anaesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. An impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (colour) will then be chosen. At the second visit bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and secured in place.
Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will improve life of your new veneers as well as avoiding heavy staining food and drinks.
Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that allows the dentist to reshape or repair your smile using composite resin instantaneously. Cosmetic bonding is particularly ideal if you’re insecure about the appearance of your smile or want an affordable alternative to invasive and more costly procedures such as orthodontics or veneers. With bonding, chipped or uneven teeth can be repaired easily and affordably. Additionally, bonding is often completed in a single visit.
Composite and bonding resin are shaped and hardened with a curing light inside the mouth compared to porcelain which is shaped outside the mouth in a dental lab. The result is natural however, composite resin will stain and are more prone to fracture than porcelain veneers. The longevity and suitability will need to be discussed with the dentist before proceeding.