Whitening your teeth is a quick and simple way to refresh your smile. Whiter, brighter teeth help to give you a younger, more attractive appearance and could even boost your self-confidence. Products available over the counter are only mildly effective, producing new smiles that are only a few shades whiter, and can take several weeks to show results. On the other hand, professional whitening treatments, such as those provided at Richmond West Dental, produce smiles that are several shades whiter in just one short visit to our office in Toronto, Ontario.
What causes teeth staining?
There are several reasons why the teeth lose their whiteness over time. One major factor is our diet. Frequently eating or drinking teeth-staining foods and drinks like wine, coffee, berries, and tomato-based sauces can easily create stains on the teeth. Another factor is personal habits like smoking and chewing tobacco. These habits can cause significant staining. Natural aging is another factor in teeth losing their brightness. The outermost layer of the teeth is the enamel. This layer protects the teeth and gives them their white appearance. This layer can erode over time, especially if we consume particularly acidic substances. As it does, the layer underneath, called the dentin, becomes more visible. Because it is yellow, it gives our teeth a yellower appearance.
How does teeth whitening work?
An in-office whitening treatment at Richmond West Dental works by penetrating the enamel and breaking up stains underneath. Over-the-counter products work on only surface stains, which is why they are not as effective. The active ingredient in whitening treatments is usually hydrogen peroxide; professional treatments utilize a higher concentration of this ingredient. However, there is generally less chance of experiencing tooth sensitivity with an in-office procedure.
A whitening treatment at our office in Toronto takes less than one hour. To begin, your dentist will clean your teeth, then place a protective gel on your gums to keep them protected against the whitening solution. The solution will then be applied to the teeth. It will be activated using a special light. Your dentist can repeat this process, usually two or three times more, until the desired shade is reached.
For a brighter smile in Toronto, visit us for a teeth whitening treatment at Richmond West Dental.