Dental Whitening

Dental whitening, also known as teeth whitening or tooth bleaching, is a cosmetic dental procedure aimed at lightening the color of the teeth and improving their appearance. It is a popular treatment for individuals who desire a brighter, more vibrant smile. A consultation will be completed to determine if whitening is right for you. Here's an overview of the dental whitening methods offered at Cole Harbour Dental Centre:

  • In-Office Whitening: This method is performed at the dental office under the supervision of a dentist. It typically involves the application of a highly concentrated whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The gel is applied to the teeth and activated by a special light or laser to accelerate the whitening process. The in-office whitening procedure usually takes about 60-90 minutes, and multiple sessions may be required to achieve the desired results. 
  • Take-Home Whitening Kits: Take-home whitening kits are custom-made trays provided by the dentist along with a whitening gel. The trays are filled with the gel and worn over the teeth for a specified period, usually a few hours a day or overnight, as recommended by the dentist. The treatment duration can vary, ranging from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the desired level of whitening.

Potential Side Effects: While dental whitening is generally considered safe, some individuals may experience temporary side effects, including tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, or mild tissue irritation. These side effects usually resolve on their own and can be managed by using desensitizing toothpaste or reducing the frequency of treatment.

Maintenance: The duration of teeth whitening results varies depending on individual factors, such as oral hygiene habits, dietary choices, and lifestyle habits like smoking or consuming staining substances. To maintain the results, it's important to follow good oral hygiene practices, limit consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks, and consider touch-up treatments as recommended by the dentist.

It's crucial to consult with a dental professional to determine the most suitable dental whitening option for your specific needs. They will evaluate your oral health, discuss the potential benefits and limitations of each method, and recommend the most appropriate treatment to help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile.


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