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Solar Dental
655 Fairway Rd.
Kitchener, Ontario N2C 1X4

Call: 519-893-2790

1 844 SOLAR 4U (1-844-765-2748)

kitchenerfairway@solardental.com


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Teeth Whitening Kitchener Ontario

We all want beautiful, sparkly, white teeth.  When we first got teeth they were like that… so what happened?

How Did Your Teeth Become Stained?

The first thing to consider is the food we eat and drink.

Coffee, tea, red wine… these are known to stain teeth quickly.  Anytime you eat or drink something with intense colour pigments, known as chromogens, the outer part of your teeth (enamel) can become stained.  These chromogens can attach to your teeth very quickly if you are not in the habit of rinsing out your mouth and brushing your teeth after every meal.

Smoking is a well-known enemy of bright white teeth.  Tar and nicotine in cigarettes coat your teeth with a yellowish substance that even regular brushing can’t get rid of.

Unfortunately, ageing is another well-known reason for stained teeth.  In this case, it’s not your fault.  As we age, the outer shell of our teeth, the enamel, becomes thinner.  Under the enamel is a softer area called dentin.  As we age, the enamel gets so thin that the yellowish dentin starts showing through.

Injury to your teeth causes the body to produce more dentin under the enamel.  If your teeth have experienced “trauma”, enough dentin can build up that it starts to show through the enamel.

Some medications like antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications can darken your teeth.

Young people are especially vulnerable to this.  Antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline can affect children’s teeth when their teeth are forming in the womb or if they are given these medications as a baby.  You probably won’t notice it right away, but many adults have stained looking teeth because of medications they received in their infancy.

Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.

Even though advancements in dentistry have made it possible for most people to have whiter teeth, unfortunately, there are still many people who can’t use teeth whitening products.

Dangers Of Self-Teeth Whitening Systems

Teeth whitening has become a trend these days.  “Everyone” is doing it and “everyone” wants it.

Unfortunately, if teeth whitening is not suitable for you, or a certain system of teeth whitening is not suitable for you, there could be adverse consequences for your gums and teeth.

You could permanently harm your teeth and cause severe damage to your gums.

The other thing to consider is, if teeth whitening is ok for you, then how much whiter can they be?  If you overdo it, again, you could permanently harm your teeth and / or hurt your gums.

Whether you are able to use teeth whitening products, how much can you use and which products are suitable for you are important questions you should discuss with your dentist.

Your dentist will evaluate your overall health and the health of your teeth to give you some guidelines in your quest for more beautiful teeth.

The trick is to make your teeth white just the right amount and keep them that way for as long as possible without having to do the teeth whitening treatment again.

What’s The Difference Between Teeth Whitening And Bleaching Your Teeth? 

Teeth whitening is when dirt and debris are removed from your tooth enamel.  In this process, the natural colour of your teeth is “restored”.  With teeth whitening treatments your teeth will be cleaned until their natural brightness comes back.

Bleaching is when you use products on your teeth that have bleach, or hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.  In bleaching, your teeth are chemically treated to make them look “white”.

It’s important to understand that you can “over-whiten” your teeth.

Realistically, most people, including dentists, use the term teeth whitening instead of bleaching, because it sounds nicer.

How To Make Your Teeth Whiter Without Destroying Your Enamel And Gums

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

In order to get teeth white, toothpaste manufacturers have started adding light abrasives to their formula.  Teeth whitening toothpaste can help scrub off some of the deposits on your teeth.

Many teeth stains cannot be scrubbed off with abrasives.  In order to add some tooth whitening power to their product, some toothpaste manufacturers add chemicals to polish your teeth.  Of course, you have to be careful to make sure the product is safe for you, so read the label or ask your pharmacist for details.

Whitening tooth pastes that you can get without a prescription do not contain bleach.  This means they can only remove surface stains, and even that, to a very limited extent.

Professional level teeth whitening toothpastes contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide.  These chemicals can lighten the tooth’s colour by about one shade because they are able to go deep within the tooth enamel.

A dentist can use safe, advanced teeth whitening techniques to make your teeth three to eight shades lighter…and in less time than self-applied methods.      

Teeth Whitening Strips And Gels You Can Get Without A Prescription

Teeth whitening gels are made of peroxide based gels that you can apply directly on your teeth with a small tooth brush.  Different manufacturers offer various strengths of peroxide.  As long as you follow the directions carefully, you are likely to start seeing results within a few days.  Results from teeth whitening strips can last as long as four months.

Teeth whitening strips are almost invisible and are applied directly on the teeth.  There is no problem using them at work or while socializing.  You can expect results to start within a few days and last up to four months.

Teeth Whitening In The Dentist’s Office

Many patients can see results in one half-hour treatment at the dentist office.  Your dentist will apply bleach and other whitening products directly onto your teeth.  Sometimes a special “blue light laser” is used to enhance whiteness.

For most people, two treatments will give them the results they are looking for.  However, if your teeth are badly stained, it may take more sessions to get to the point you want.

Are Teeth Whitening Treatments Suitable For You?

  • If you are under the age of 16 it is strongly recommended that you don’t use any teeth whitening treatments other than regular toothpaste. Definitely, bleaching is not recommended for children under 16.
    Applying teeth whitening products to under age children can irritate the pulp and make your teeth excessively sensitive to cold foods.
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding your child, it is best to stay away from teeth whitening treatments.
  • If you have sensitive teeth or allergies, ask your dentist before you do any teeth whitening. There might be something going on with your health that is more important that having beautiful teeth.
  • If you have receding gums or defective restorations, see a dentist before trying any teeth whitening systems.
  • If you have gum disease or worn tooth enamel, generally teeth whitening is not recommended. Ask your dentist before trying any kind of teeth whitening treatment.
  • Cavities and exposed roots need to be treated before any whitening procedure. Whitening systems will penetrate decaying teeth and the inner areas of the tooth.  This can cause your teeth to be sensitive to cold foods.
  • Fillings, dental crowns and tooth restorations do not whiten with teeth whitening agents. Get your teeth whitening done first.  This way, the dentist can make your dental crowns and tooth restorations the same colour as the rest of your teeth.
  • If you have already had fillings and restorations it might be a better idea to get veneers, crowns or dental bonding. Ask your dentist about your options.
  • If you are a smoker you will have a tough time with teeth whitening…especially if you keep smoking during the bleaching process… which can take several days or weeks.
  • The natural whiteness of your teeth is slightly whiter than the whites of your eyes. Anything more than that is unnatural and will look strange.
  • Teeth whitening will bring out the natural beauty of your teeth. Don’t expect magical results beyond that, unless you are taking extreme measures, which is not necessarily a good thing.

Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums.

Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth respond best. But this cosmetic dentistry procedure is not recommended for everyone.

Find out if teeth whitening is right for you.

Teeth Whitening Kitchener Ontario – Call 519 672-5373 or 1 844-765-2748

Solar Dental is open 6 days a week, and in the evenings during weekdays for teeth cleaning services in Kitchener Ontario.

The Solar Dental Kitchener dentist office is a full service dental clinic in Kitchener Ontario that provides cosmetic dentist services, sedation dentistry services, emergency dentist services, dental hygiene services, dental implants, paediatric dentist services, periodontist services, Invisalign and denture care services.  We are a full service family friendly dental clinic in Kitchener Ontario providing dental services for adults and kids dentist services.

If you are experiencing extreme tooth pain, you might need a root canal from an endodontist.   Extreme pain can be considered a dental emergency, so come see us as quickly as possible.  We will schedule your appointment on a priority basis to get rid of the pain as quickly as possible.   Call 519 672-5373 or 1 844-765-2748 to let us know you are coming.

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