Professional Teeth Whitening

 In Yaletown Dental Blog

Are your teeth looking yellowed and dull? Have you ever thought about teeth whitening your teeth to bring extra life to your smile? Whiter and brighter teeth captivate the ultimate essence of happiness and youth while enhancing the beauty of a smile. There are many different tooth-whitening options out there on the market to choose from but some methods are more beneficial than others.

Today, professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures and the number one preferred method of teeth whitening in the world as it offers the safest process and the fastest results. Moreover, the implementation of various dentistry improvements to maximize patient comfort and satisfaction make professional treatment an appealing choice for teeth whitening. For example, the application of thicker bleaching gels containing exclusively patented desensitizing agents like fluoride and potassium nitrate.

Professional Teeth Whitening Pros

Contrary to at-home whitening systems which often utilize lowly concentrated bleaching products, professional teeth whitening implements the use of fast-acting, high-dose whitening gel in combination with advanced laser technology in a well-monitored, safe, and hassle-free environment. If you’re looking for quick and painless results, and can afford to spend the extra money, then professional teeth whitening is most likely the best option for you.

Teeth Whitening Treatment

The prepping process for a professional teeth whitening treatment is fairly simple. A standard procedure will begin with a prophylactic cleaning followed by an examination of your teeth to ensure there are no problem areas such as gum disease, decay, or cracking. Depending on the starting shade of your teeth, professional teeth whitening can make your teeth 2-6 shades whiter with just one treatment! Professional teeth whitening is especially targeted at teeth that have been stained gradually from smoking, general aging, or the repeated consumption of stain-causing foods such as pigmented fruits and vegetables, coffee, or red wine. So how does professional teeth whitening really work? Activated by a powerful laser, oxygen ions in the bleaching gel are released through the porous layer of teeth, penetrating the tooth’s enamel, upon which they quickly and effectively lift away accumulated staining in the dentin. Under proper care and maintenance of your teeth, the effects of professional teeth whitening can last for up to around 2-5 year. In the end though, stains are pretty much inevitable, so follow-up treatments may be necessary.

However effective professional teeth whitening may be, not everyone may qualify for it. Those with hypersensitive teeth and gums are better suited for self-bleaching kits containing lower doses of carbamide peroxide that can be used at home. Although, lasers used during professional teeth whitening treatments are equipped with various adjustable settings based on the patient’s sensitivity. Additionally, it may be challenging to match the whitening shade on those with bonding and crowns on their teeth, in which case the bonding or crowns could require replacing. In rare instances, discolouration due to particular accidents, the consumption of certain medication, or genetics, can affect the end result of professional teeth whitening using a laser and bleaching gel, thus making these people ineligible.

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