- Is your mouth in great shape and healthy, but you’re still not happy with your smile?
- Maybe you’re not satisfied with the colour of your teeth, an irregular stain or the couple shades of difference from one tooth to the next?
- Have coffee, tea, red wine or tobacco left their unpleasant mark?
The term whitening refers to a bleaching process that’s designed to whiten teeth. There are two main categories:
- Over the counter products: whitening toothpastes or whitening strips that may have a minor effect on your teeth over the period of use, but which quickly tend to fade given they only bleach the surface of the tooth.
- Whitening at the dentist’s: a dental team takes an imprint of your teeth and a custom mould is made. This is coated with a specialized treatment for discoloured teeth that contains a high concentration of peroxide. Unlike OTC products, the treatment permanently transforms the colour of your teeth on the surface and inside, optimally altering the colour of the enamel.
Many beauticians and spas offer whitening services. There is always an associated risk of hypersensitivity that can cause pain in some people.
This is why it’s so important that whitening procedures are done under the supervision of a professional dental team for better, long-lasting results.