Tooth whitening or bleaching is the most popular cosmetic treatment in dentistry today. It is proven to be safe and effective in most cosmetic cases. You can choose to have whitening done in our office in one appointment, or at home under our professional supervision with incredible results in as little as 3-5 days. Patients are impressed by the results achieved with minimal effort!
We recommend whitening prior to having veneers, crowns, or bonding done on the front teeth if you desire a whiter, brighter smile. We will guide you on your specific needs to give you the smile you aspire to.
Stains can develop for many reasons, some of which include: smoking, coffee, red wine, blueberries, and trauma to a tooth causing it to discolour to a darker yellow/brown appearance.
Some patients prefer to have the whitening done in the office. If so, we have the patient appointed for one hour to do an in office bleaching. The results are immediate. If need be, a second one hour appointment will follow a week later to achieve an excellent result. The patient is then told to follow up at home with a whitening kit to maintain the desired results over time.
If the patient is motivated to whiten at home under Dr. Klein’s supervision, a take home whitening kit is given to the patient with custom made whitening trays. The patient can apply the bleaching gel for 30 minutes twice a day and achieve impressive results in as little as 3-5 days. The take home system is the most cost effective and is extremely popular amongst patients.
If a tooth has discoloured because the nerve has died, bleaching can be done from within the tooth with excellent results. Dr Klein can actually improve the colour of the discoloured tooth to resemble what it used to be like!
For interested patients, we recommend that you come in for a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for tooth whitening. Please be aware that existing dental work including crowns and fillings will not whiten!! If so, we can customize a solution for your unique situation.
Article by Dr. Gary Klein (January 2017)
Image courtesy of unsplash