There are three ways to whiten your teeth. One professional and two self-whitening. The choice of technique and products depend on your preference.
Over the counter whitening products
Whitening strips, trays, gels and even toothpastes do whiten, but the fact is they have limited effectiveness and longevity due to the limited concentration of chemicals as a result of consumer safety regulations.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Working together with your hygienist or dentist, impressions of your teeth will be taken. From these impressions, custom take home trays are fabricated and properly fitted with your provider. A whitening gel is placed in the custom fitted tray that we have made especially for you. The tray is then placed over your teeth and worn for the prescribed time. As the whitening gel dissolves, oxygen enters the enamel and the dentin portion of your teeth. This process lightens stains on your enamel, and the results are usually seen within the first week.
The active whitening ingredient is carbamide peroxide, an ingredient that has been proven safe and effective in many clinical trials. We’ll prescribe the proper strength of gel for your particular whitening needs and insure that the treatment will be completely customized to your schedule.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-Office Whitening is safe, effective and very fast. In just one hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. In some cases, you can see up to eight shades difference!
The Zoom! light-activated, or Opalescence self-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching coloured substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.
Since the concentration of the whitening material is higher, we use special protection gels and equipment to protect your gums. The result is amazing! Pre-operative and post-operative instructions are usually given to avoid sensitivity.
See one of our dentists to discuss your options and best treatment for your specific case.