Teeth Whitening Options for a Brighter Smile
If you’re looking to keep your smile as picturesque as Kamloops then you are in the right spot. Aberdeen Dental Arts provides an extensive scope of dental services including high end cosmetic dentistry like ZOOM!® teeth whitening.
ZOOM!® teeth whitening, is performed at Aberdeen Dental Arts by your dentist or a trained clinician and following a thorough cleaning, involves protecting your lips and gums, applying and removing three coats of a special hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, followed by a special laser light aimed at your teeth developed to activate the whitening gel. It is considered to be the fastest and most effective form of teeth whitening currently available and usually takes about 90 minutes from start to finish.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, the growing popularity of tooth whitening has created a wide variety of over-the-counter and professional products and techniques to whiten teeth, including gels, pastes, strips, gums and rinses. Current research supports tooth whitening as a generally safe and effective method to improve tooth aesthetics, provided it is done under a dentist’s supervision and according to the manufacturer’s directions. Tooth discolouration may result from dental caries (tooth decay), aging, food and beverages, smoking, medications or other causes.
While we agree with the Canadian Dental Association’s position that tooth whitening is generally safe when undertaken under a dentist’s supervision, there are a number of over-the-counter products available that your Aberdeen Dental Arts dentist or clinician are happy to discuss with you as part of your oral health routine. Here are a few:
Whitening Toothpastes: All toothpastes help remove surface stains on teeth. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness.
Over-the-Counter Whitening Strips and Gels: Whitening gels are clear, peroxide-based gels applied with a small brush directly to the surface of your teeth. Whitening strips are very thin, virtually invisible strips that are coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel.
Whitening Rinses: Among the newest whitening products available. These mouthwash products also include ingredients, such as hydrogen peroxide in some, which whiten teeth.
Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners: Purchased either over-the-counter or from a dentist, these involve filling a mouth guard-like tray with a gel whitening solution – which contains a peroxide-bleaching agent.
Do-it-yourself methods aren’t the same as getting your teeth whitened by a professional. Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth respond best. But this cosmetic procedure is not recommended for everyone, including: children under the age of 16, pregnant or lactating women, individuals with sensitive teeth and gums, anyone allergic to peroxide (the whitening agent), and individuals with gum disease or teeth with worn enamel which can cause sensitivity.
To explore teeth whitening and your complete oral care call Aberdeen Dental Arts at 250-828-0322 today.