Teeth Whitening

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Teeth Whitening

Often, people with stained or discoloured teeth may just need a whitening procedure in order to restore their smile. People with stained or dull teeth usually benefit from whitening, which is a safe and effective way to brighten stained, discoloured or dull teeth. Even a stubborn single tooth that is noticeably duller or less white than your other teeth can be individually brightened.

Teeth bleaching products, which contain peroxides, actually change your natural tooth colour anywhere from five to seven — but even up to twelve — shades brighter.
If your teeth aren’t very dark or very stained, you may need only one bleaching session. Tooth bleaching safely lightens the colour of your teeth, and can last up to a year before a touch-up is needed.

In general, bleaching works for most people. Tooth bleaching is most effective if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. Teeth darkened with the colour of yellow, brown or orange respond better to lightening. Other types of grey stains caused by fluorosis, smoking or tetracycline can be lightened, but with less-than-satisfactory results.

If you’re interested in brightening your smile, have your teeth evaluated by us. Not everyone is a good candidate for bleaching. In some cases of serious discolouration and pitted teeth, for example, veneers or crowns may be more appropriate than bleaching. Moreover, crowns, bridges, and fillings can not be bleached, so it may be necessary to replace dental work to make it blend with the new colour of your bleached teeth. An X-ray of your teeth may be the only accurate way of making a true assessment.

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