We can help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile! At Revelstoke Dental Centre in Revelstoke, BC, we offer teeth whitening for patients looking to revive dull and discoloured teeth.
Dentist-supervised teeth whitening is a simple and safe way to whiten natural tooth enamel.
Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate the replacement of any old fillings, crowns, and other restorations. Replacement of any restorations will be done after teeth whitening, so they will match the newly whitened teeth.
Generally, for most patients, teeth whitening is a successful method to whiten discoloured tooth enamel. Consider teeth whitening if your teeth have darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. Teeth darkened with yellow, brown or orange spots generally respond better to whitening. Gray-looking stains caused by fluorosis or tetracycline can also be whitened, but results are not as dramatic. If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease or teeth with worn enamel, your dentist may discourage whitening.
First, the dentist will determine whether you are a candidate for teeth whitening and what type of whitening system will provide the best results. If you're in a hurry for whiter teeth, you may decide to have your teeth whitened immediately. The dentist will either provide you with an in-office or at-home whitening system.
Teeth whitening lasts depending on your personal habits, such as whether you smoke or drink coffee and tea. Touch ups are always available if needed.
Teeth whitening, especially under the supervision of a dentist, is considered safe and effective. Some patients may experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, which will resolve when the treatment ends. To date, there has been no testing done on the effects of using a professional tooth-whitening system during pregnancy. Therefore, we do not recommend that you use it if you are pregnant or lactating.
No one can really predict how much lighter your teeth will become. Every case is different. Typically, there is a two-shade improvement as seen on a dentist's shade guide. The success rate depends upon the type of stain involved and your compliance. Teeth whitening does not lighten artificial materials such as resins, silicates, or porcelains.