Teeth Whitening in Langley, BC
Teeth whitening is one of the most preferred options chosen by most people to enhance their smile and boost their confidence. Good oral hygiene and lifestyle habits can ensure a whiter, brighter sparkling teeth.
However, teeth whitening is an option that provides moderate to substantial improvement in the brightness and whiteness of the teeth but not permanent. Regular maintenance or “touch-ups” are necessary for long-term effect.
Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching are not the same. Teeth whitening term is referred when the tooth color is restored by removing dirt and debris from the teeth’s surface. Teeth bleaching is a term used when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color with bleaching products such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
Reasons for Change in Teeth Color
A lot of people experience a change in the color of their teeth, over time, due to various reasons such as:
Food & Drink, Tobacco: Excessive, coffee, tea, wine and tobacco products are responsible for teeth staining. This is due to the intense colored pigments that stick to the enamel (the whiter covering of the teeth) and cause staining. Tobacco is another teeth staining agent, which is made of nicotine and tar. When nicotine comes in contact with air, it has a tendency to turn yellow, thus causing yellow stains on the teeth.
Ageing: With age, the hard, outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and, wear and tear. This exposes the soft yellowish dentin below the enamel, giving your teeth the yellowish tinge.
Trauma: An accident, injuring your mouth, can also cause your teeth to turn yellow because your tooth can change color by reacting to the injury. This will expose the darker dentin below the enamel, causing the teeth color to change to a yellowish tinge.
Certain medications like antibiotics or antihistamines including radiation and chemotherapy can also cause teeth color to change to a yellowish color over time.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening is a simple process in which the teeth whitening products containing bleaching elements such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, reduce the concentration of staining. This makes the teeth look, whiter and brighter.
All teeth do not respond well to teeth whitening. Yellow teeth respond well to bleaching, but brown teeth with grey tones do not respond, just as caps, veneers, crowns or fillings don’t. Teeth whitening will also be ineffective when the discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.
Options for Teeth Whitening
There are 3 types of options for teeth whitening – Whitening toothpaste, In-office bleaching, At-home bleaching.
Whitening toothpaste: All kinds of toothpastes have mild abrasives that help remove the surface stain with brushing or scrubbing action. They have special chemical or polishing agents that are effective in the removal of additional stains.
In-Office Bleaching: is done in an hour at the dentist’ office in just one visit. The dentist will apply bleach to your teeth while protecting the gums with a protective gel.
At-home Bleaching: Peroxide-containing whiteners in the form of a gel are placed in a tray that fits on your teeth. It bleaches the tooth enamel. Alternatively, whitening strips are also available which sticks to your teeth that turn whiter and brighter.
The Teeth Whitening – Cost Factor
The cost of teeth whitening can vary significantly from product to product, procedure to procedure and clinic to clinic. The average cost for in-office bleaching can be around $650, as compared to $400 for take-home trays. Over-the-counter bleaching trays or strips can cost less than $100. The results are usually dependent on factors such as age, heredity and the type of staining.
Teeth Whitening Side Effects
Teeth whitening treatments can have certain risks when the procedure is not followed as directed. It can cause:
Sensitivity: Bleaching can cause a temporary increase in sensitivity to temperature, pressure and touch. Some individuals can experience shooting pain (zingers) especially when they have faulty restorations, gum recession or cracks. Sometimes the sensitivity can last for a day or two, or even months.
Why Langley Dentist?
Langley Dentist has trained and experienced dentists to enhance your smile and improve your esthetics whether its teeth whitening, dental bridges, crowns, veneers, gum shaping, orthodontics or fillings.
We have a team that is equipped with the latest materials and effective tools to enhance the color and brightness of your teeth at in-office bleaching.
We are centrally located in Langley BC, making it convenient for our patients to visit us while going to the office or returning home, by just dropping by at our clinic. We are also open Monday to Saturday and available during evening hours as well.
Schedule an appointment today to consult our cosmetic dentists on the options available and what works best for you. Call (604)455-6247.