Teeth darken naturally as we age but teeth whitening is a relatively simple and affordable procedure which, when performed by a prosthodontist, can restore whiteness and give you more confidence in your smile.
Over time, staining may be caused by exposure to coffee, tea, soda, tobacco, and certain foods. Discolouration can also occur because of certain childhood illnesses, medications, antibiotics physical trauma, etc.
Bacterial and fungal growth can result in plaque growth which can also stain the teeth. This may or may not be accompanied by tooth decay.
The patented Opalescence Tooth Whitening System will remove discolourations with a gentle sustained release action that will oxidize (bleach) stains within your teeth. Your tooth structure remains unchanged.
History and research show that most patients treated experienced some level of tooth whitening. Porcelain restorations and white fillings do not whiten with bleaching agents.
The Treatment Procedure for Teeth Whitening
We will examine your teeth and gums to ensure good oral health before the whitening procedure.
Old fillings may need to be replaced and/or decayed areas may need to be treated and filled. An impression of your teeth will be taken to guarantee proper fit of the custom fabricated bleaching trays.
The thin, soft plastic trays provide sufficient comfort while bleaching.
We will decide how many nights your treatment should take, for maximum results. Most patients will need to bleach for only three to eight nights.
In some cases, we may recommend bleaching during waking hours instead and possibly for shorter time periods.
Research and experience show that the whitening effect from the Opalescence treatment usually lasts for years.
Teeth may darken faster if exposed to staining products such as tobacco, coffee or juices.
However, the teeth will probably remain significantly lighter than if no treatment had been done.
We may recommend a toothpaste to help minimise the formation of external stains on your teeth.
Depending on your teeth and type of staining, results will vary. Some patients experience increased tooth sensitivity to cold while using bleaching products.
This will disappear in one to three days after interruption or completion of the treatment. To help with sensitivity, we may prescribe a desensitising fluoride gel.