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 KöR Deep Bleaching, 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.
The KöR system uses two different approaches: in-office for a quick boost in brightness, or at-home for a more gradual–but ultimately brighter–whitening effect.
For in-office whitening, we will protect your gums and make sure you don’t swallow any of the very strong compound, then we’ll apply it directly to your teeth and let it work.
For at-home whitening, we’ll create a custom tray that seals tightly against your teeth. Every day you will apply a little bit of whitener in the tray, then wear the tray for a few hours, possibly while you sleep. Over the next couple weeks, your teeth will achieve their maximum whiteness.
Maintenance treatments can help you keep your teeth looking bright.
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
- Craft custom trays for superior fit
- 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. Combined with custom whitening trays, this helps you to achieve the brightest, most even results. This is even better with KöR Deep Bleaching. The solution is refrigerated to help keep it from breaking down. Plus, the KöR trays have superb fit, better than many other professional systems.
Some people get sensitive teeth from whitening. KöR already counters this, but if you do have a problem, we can adjust the formula to reduce sensitivity.