Many patients choose professional teeth whitening services to brighten their smiles – but how does the procedure actually work? Today, our Thornhill dentists explain.
What is teeth whitening?
As we age our teeth naturally get darker. This gradual change in colour can be amplified from certain lifestyle factors such as drinking dark-coloured beverages like tea, coffee or red wine; smoking or using tobacco products; and even certain medications.
Professional teeth whitening treatments use peroxide-based bleaching agents to lighten the colour of your teeth and reduce the appearance of surface stains. As the peroxide breaks down, oxygen acts on tooth enamel and creates the whitening effect.
Professional Teeth Whitening at Our Office
Professional teeth whitening in the dental office is a popular treatment for many patients, as it typically gives you faster results than at-home whitening.
At Dentistry On GreenLane, we use Zoom whitening. In as little as one 45 minute session, Zoom whitening can make your smile up to eight shades lighter.
During your Zoom teeth whitening procedure, your dentist will begin by covering your lips and gums so only your teeth are exposed. They will then apply the Zoom whitening gel which is designed to be used specifically with the Zoom light.
The light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up the stains and discoloration.
Teeth Whitening At Home
If you prefer to opt for whitening your teeth in the comfort of your home, there are options available. Many dental offices offer professional at-home whitening kits.
Professional at-home teeth whitening solutions come with custom whitening trays and specific instructions about how to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you’ll have your dentist to supervise the process, and your teeth whitening cost may be somewhat less than with the in-office solution.
To begin, you’ll first need to visit the dentist so an impression of your teeth can be taken in order to create custom whitening trays to fit your smile. You’ll use these trays at home to apply the whitening solution yourself.
Once your trays are ready, you will return to the dentist’s office to confirm they are a good fit. Next, you’ll be sent home with the trays, the whitening solution, and clear instructions from your dentist.
At home, you’ll wear the trays for about 30 minutes every day for approximately 2 weeks, until you achieve the desired level of whiteness. Then, you can use the whitening solution to touch up your smile every 6 months or so.