Teeth Whitening Vancouver, Kitsilano, Point Grey BC
When you come to our clinic for teeth whitening (vs an OTC solution) you gain a safe, quick, effective and even inexpensive means to getting a brighter and whiter smile. You have the option to lighten your upper teeth, or both the upper and lower teeth, depending on how much you show when you talk, laugh, and smile. There’s only one word of caution here - you’re likely to do more taking, laughing, and smiling after receiving teeth whitening treatment at our Point Grey and Kitsilano area clinic.
Patients Teeth Before & After Teeth Whitening
Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful, brilliant smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice. But because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a try.
What Are the Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening?
While many of the benefits go without saying, they indeed bear repeating:
- Corrects discolored, brown, yellow, and mottled teeth stains.
- Improves the aesthetics of your smile, regardless of age.
- It is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive.
Why Avoid Over-the-Counter Teeth Bleaching Products?
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it is better to use products that our practice recommends.
What Can Cause Tooth Discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, or tobacco. During tooth formation consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics, or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who May Benefit from Tooth Whitening?
Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. With an oral exam, it will be determined if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.
Is Tooth Whitening Safe?
At our clinic, yes! Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. However, like with many things, it is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Do the Results Last a Long Time?
By following the basic post whitening care instructions provided by our clinic, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before.
Are There Any Side Effects to Teeth Whitening?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.
What Are the Your Teeth Whitening Options?
There are three options available to you.
1. Dental Office Bleaching
Having your teeth whitened at a dental clinic/office can deliver amazing results in a relatively short amount of time. It is popular with those who have tried their hand at over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products and are not satisfied with the results. Office bleaching is also sought out by those with a hectic at-home schedule and feel that they don't have the time or patience to use a professional home bleaching system.
Dental office bleaching is performed under the supervision of a cosmetic dental specialist. It requires the expert touch of a specialist not only for optimal results, but to also avoid injury to the gingival area. In addition, only a clinic with the most advanced equipment is fully prepared to complete the procedure. While the patient experience will vary, the in-office bleaching procedure can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. So does it work?
Below is a general outline of the process:
- Your specialist will capture an image to document the current shade of your teeth. You'll also want this for your exciting before & after comparison!
- Your teeth are then cleaned and polished to remove surface plaque.
- Gauze is placed in your mouth to keep saliva at bay and keep your teeth dry. Retractors may be inserted to keep your cheeks, lips, and tongue away from the bleaching solution. A barrier is also placed along the gumline for additional protection.
- Once set, the front surface of your teeth are coated with a bleaching solution. Whitening solution is commonly formulated from either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
- The bleaching solution is activated by a curing light, or laser. Once applied and activated, the solution is left on your teeth for anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes (contingent upon patient need). Your specialist with check the progress throughout, and may need to reapply solution.
- Once optimal shade has been attained, the gauze, retractors (where applicable) and gumline barrier is removed, and the teeth are rinsed. If you experience tooth sensitivity to the solution and procedure, a fluoride may be applied to ease any discomfort.
- Upon conclusion, your specialist will provide you with some after care instructions (foods/beverages to avoid, etc.). Before you leave, it's a good idea to schedule a follow-up visit to assess the success of the procedure.
While there is no doubt about the effectiveness of clinic bleaching, it can fall outside of the budget for some. In addition, on its own, it does not provide you with a longterm solution for maintaining the appearance of white teeth in the years ahead. Keep reading below for alternative options.
2. Home Bleaching
In this technique an impression from your upper and lower jaws will be used to fabricate home bleaching custom trays. You will be explained how to us bleaching products with the trays to achieve satisfactory result. The provided materials are different from OTC products and should be provided by your dentist. This method is the best to be combined with office bleaching method as a maintenance, which is addressed below.
3. Combined Clinic / Home Bleaching
VDSC recommends a combination of office and home bleaching. When guided by a clinic that is expertly versed in cosmetic dentistry, the proverbial table is set for sustainable teeth whitening success.
ZOOM Teeth Bleaching / Whitening
Our dental clinic offers office bleaching with ZOOM, a professional teeth whitening system that combines in-office treatment with home bleaching trays/materials. This combined effort will allow you to make future touch ups and maintain your desired tooth shade for years to come.
Vancouver Dental Speciality Clinic offers the most advanced products and treatments in teeth whitening and bleaching. Contact our clinic in Point Grey (near Kitsilano) at 604-336-0958.