Teeth whitening has become the most commonly requested cosmetic treatment in the field of dentistry. It is an ideal and non invasive procedure to create a beautiful and more appealing look. Cosmetic tooth whitening is not a complicated procedure and when properly implemented can significantly whiten the appearance of teeth.
Cosmetic tooth whitening can be offered to a patient in a number of ways. The most popular method is the take home system. It is the safest, most controlled, and usually the least expensive method of whitening. Prior to whitening, it is advisable that a dentist be consulted so that all teeth and gums are healthy prior to whitening. The presence of cavities, gum disease, or pre-existing sensitivity may be a complicating factor in choosing whether to whiten or not. Because whitening does not alter the shade of crowns, veneers, or restorations, it may be advisable to change some or all of the visible dental work that was done in the past.
Although teeth whitening is very effective, it may be necessary to consider a touch-up whitening period to bring teeth back to their whiter shade. The amount of time spent on touching up your teeth may vary depending on the type of food eaten or drank and how well maintained your teeth are.
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Reasons for tooth whitening:
Fluorosis which is excess fluoride during development of teeth
Staining of teeth due to medications
Natural discolouration of teeth during development
Normal wear of outer enamel
What does tooth whitening involve?
Teeth whitening at our clinic in Brampton, usually takes place in two visits. The first visit is for the dentist to look at the health of your mouth and determine that all is healthy and to take impressions (molds) of your teeth to fabricate custom whitening trays. At the second appointment, the trays are tried in to ensure a comfortable fit and to provide you with proper instructions for using the whitening trays. Also, these same trays can be used for future whitening. During and after whitening, patients are encouraged to see the dentist to ensure proper and safe whitening.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most dental insurance policies do not cover cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening, tooth shaping, or veneers. Many insurance companies consider these procedures esthetic in nature and not medically necessary. Some insurance companies have a health spending portion that may allow such procedures. To be sure, it is always recommended that an estimate be sent to insurance companies to determine coverage, if any.
There are many reasons that a tooth becomes discoloured. Extrinsic causes are something that comes in contact with the tooth. Intrinsic causes are changes within the tooth. Lastly, age-related changes can also change tooth colour.
Some examples are:
- Foods/drinks. Coffee, tea, colas, wine, and certain foods and spices can stain teeth
- Tobacco use. Smoking or chewing tobacco can stain teeth
- Poor Oral Hygiene. Not brushing, flossing, and rinsing can cause discoloration
- Certain diseases can cause discoloration.
- Treatment options. Such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy
- Certain antibiotics and medicated mouth rinses can cause staining
- Dental Materials. Different dental restorations are grey in appearance and can tarnish teeth
- As we age, enamel wears away and reveals the natural colour of dentin
- Some people have naturally darker or brighter enamel
- Certain people breath through their mouth can accumulate work-related dust
- Trauma. Damage to teeth can change the colour of a tooth
The main portion of a tooth that is responsible for a tooth’s colour is the dentin layer, which is covered by the enamel layer of our tooth. The whitening solution travels to the dentin layer and lightens this layer giving your tooth a whiter look. Tooth whitening does not damage your tooth enamel. It is very important that whitening instructions are followed, however. Alterations in instructions or wearing whitening longer than suggested can make a tooth or a series of teeth sensitive. It is always best to consult with your dental team if any concerns arise.
It is always preferred that a person have a dental examination prior to whitening their teeth. The examination allows the dentist to determine the health of your teeth, gums, and your entire mouth. This can help in identifying possible causes of your discoloration and can also help ensure that all the teeth are healthy prior to whitening. Teeth or gums that are not healthy can prevent the whitening procedure.
When a person gets their teeth cleaned, they are getting a procedure that eliminates plaque and tartar from the surface of a tooth above and below the gums. This procedure helps reduce the risk of tooth decay and also gum disease. Tooth whitening, on the other hand, is a cosmetic procedure that removes stains and discolorations from teeth. Whitening does not remove any plaque or tartar as it whitens teeth.
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