Teeth whitening is a simple and effective process that lightens the shade of enamel and dentin of natural teeth. With the use of a custom-made whitening tray and the latest in natural teeth whitening technology, you can have whiter, brighter teeth. The whitening process uses a peroxide-based gel retained in a custom-fitted appliance that is worn over your natural teeth.
There are several causes of tooth discolouration, the most common being aging and staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine).
Almost everyone with natural teeth! However, there are cases where treatment may not be effective. Your Denturist will determine if you are a suitable candidate following a thorough examination. Tooth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth and would like to have a whiter, brighter smile. It will not whiten dentures, crown and bridge, composite restorations or natural teeth darkened by trauma, tetracycline or nerve degeneration. The whitening process is most effective on mildly discoloured teeth. Darker stains take longer to respond or do not respond to whitening treatments. The degree of whiteness will vary from person to person, depending on the structure of the teeth and how long the whitening material is used.
Individual results may vary. Speak with your Denturist for guidelines on proper usage of whitening material and the number of applications required for best results. Teeth will always be lighter than they were. However, some patients may need periodic re-whitening, every four to six months. Avoiding staining substances (tobacco, coffee, tea, colas, red wine, etc.) will help maintain whitening results longer. Several days after teeth undergo the initial whitening process they may 'rebound’ a shade darker.
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