Are you unhappy because of discolored teeth? If so, you’re not alone. Tooth discoloration is one of the most common complaints people have about their smile. Fortunately, there’s usually an easy solution: professional teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist. Teeth whitening can chemically break down and remove staining molecules from your teeth, leaving them looking brighter and healthier. The biggest limitation on the results is your natural tooth enamel. Whitening won’t get your teeth any brighter than they naturally are.
We offer GLO Science Professional, the leading treatment available today. To learn how much whitening can improve the appearance of your smile, please call 613.271.7091 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens at Andrea Stevens Dentistry in Kanata.
When Teeth Whitening Can Help
Teeth become discolored in one of two ways: extrinsic staining or intrinsic staining. Extrinsic stains collect on the outside of the teeth. Most often, they come from sources like:
- Dark beer
Long organic molecules get trapped in the tiny ridges of your teeth, causing them to stain. Teeth whitening works great on extrinsic stains.
Intrinsic stains come from within the tooth. They are caused by things like:
- Tooth trauma
- Enamel defects
- Enamel damage
- Tooth infections
- Thin enamel
- Metal restorations
These types of discoloration’s may not respond well (or at all) to teeth whitening. Before we start, we will evaluate the causes of your discolored teeth and let you know if whitening will help or if another treatment like veneers might be a better way to achieve your goal of a brighter smile.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Teeth whitening uses chemicals that attack and break down staining molecules. When they’re small, these molecules don’t adhere to your teeth as well–and don’t cause staining. Even though we sometimes call it tooth bleaching, there isn’t actually any bleach involved. Instead, the compound is typically some form of peroxide.
At our dental office, we offer GLO Science Professional whitening products to provide our patients with beautiful results. Our patients have the choice to boost their smile in the office for immediately whiter results, or gradually whiten their teeth to a much whiter level in the comfort of their home.
The in-office GLO treatment can whiten teeth up to 12 shades in just under an hour. Patients also do not experience tooth sensitivity. To whiten your teeth with GLO, Dr. Andrea Stevens will apply the whitening solution to your teeth and then provide you with a universal fitting mouthpiece to wear in your mouth. The mouthpiece uses an LED light to warm the whitening solution and activate it for fast results. You then wear the mouthpiece for 8 minutes. When time is up, Dr. Stevens will apply another layer of whitening solution and you will complete the process again. You can repeat these steps up to 4 times in one appointment for a whiter smile!
The take-home kit works the same as the in-office kit, only you apply the whitening solution. We also provide a lower percentage of whitening gel for at-home use. Over the course of 10 days, your smile will whiten up to 12 shades!
If you decide to whiten your teeth in our office, we can provide you with a take-home kit for maintenance over time to help you keep your beautiful white smile!
Why Choose Professional Whitening
These days, teeth whitening treatments are available practically everywhere. From gums to strips to trays, they all promise to make your smile bright. But it’s better to get your teeth whitened professionally because we can:
- Make sure it will work before you start
- Check that your teeth are healthy enough for whitening
- Use stronger whiteners
- Adjust formulas to reduce sensitivity
One of the most important things about professional whitening is that you will get a comprehensive tooth exam before you start. This not only makes sure your teeth are healthy, it lets us tell you if whitening will actually work on your teeth or if another approach will give better results.
We can also use stronger whiteners than are available in over-the-counter treatments. GLO uses bleaching levels not found in over the counter products. In addition, it doesn’t cause sensitivity! When you visit us for teeth whitening, we will choose the right type of bleaching to work for your teeth.