What should I know before professional whitening?

Unlock a brighter smile with professional whitening. Learn about procedure details, expectations, side effects, and consult experts at Kanata South Dental.

What should I know before professional whitening?

What should I know before professional whitening?

Before diving into professional teeth whitening, it's good to be in the know. Firstly, consult with your dentist to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for the procedure. They can address any concerns and recommend the most suitable method for you.

Understand that results vary from person to person, and some sensitivity during or after the treatment is common. Your dentist can guide managing any discomfort.

When it comes to professional teeth whitening, it's essential to have realistic expectations. While it can brighten your teeth significantly, it's unlikely to achieve a Hollywood-level, blinding white. So, it's important to keep in mind that the results may vary from person to person and manage your expectations accordingly.

Last but not least, consider the cost. Professional whitening can be pricier than over-the-counter options, so it's essential to factor that into your decision.

What are teeth whitening and how does it work?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to lighten the colour of your teeth and remove stains or discoloration. There are two main types of teeth whitening: intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic Whitening: This targets the inner structure of the tooth (dentin), which can become discoloured due to various factors such as aging, certain medications, or trauma. In-office professional whitening often involves the use of a hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide gel applied directly to the teeth. The gel penetrates the enamel and releases oxygen molecules, which break down and lift away the stains.

Extrinsic Whitening: This focuses on surface stains caused by external factors like food, drinks (coffee, tea, red wine), and tobacco. Whitening toothpaste or over-the-counter whitening strips typically work on these external stains. They contain abrasive agents or mild bleaching agents that help remove surface discoloration.

For in-office professional whitening, your dentist might use a higher concentration of whitening agents than over-the-counter products, providing faster and more noticeable results.

It's important to note that teeth whitening doesn't work on all types of discoloration. For example, it may not be as effective on teeth with intrinsic stains caused by certain medications or developmental conditions.

Teeth Whitening side effects.

While teeth whitening is generally considered safe when performed under the guidance of a dental professional, there can be some side effects. Here are some common side effects associated with teeth whitening:

  • Tooth Sensitivity: This is one of the most common side effects. Teeth may temporarily become more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures during and after the whitening process. This sensitivity usually subsides within a few days to weeks. Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth or avoiding very hot or cold foods for a short period can help manage this side effect.
  • Gum Irritation: Whitening agents can sometimes irritate the gums, leading to discomfort or even mild inflammation. Your dentist will take precautions to protect your gums during the procedure, but some individuals may still experience minor irritation.
  • Uneven Whitening: In some cases, teeth may not whiten evenly. This could be due to factors like uneven application of the whitening agent or variations in the natural colour of your teeth.
  • Temporary Discomfort: Some individuals may experience temporary discomfort in the throat or stomach if they accidentally swallow a small amount of the whitening gel. It's crucial to follow the dentist's instructions and use the recommended amount of whitening product.
  • Overuse Issues: Using whitening products too frequently or for extended periods can lead to enamel damage and increased tooth sensitivity. It's essential to follow the recommended guidelines provided by your dentist or the product instructions.
  • Allergic Reactions: While rare, some people may be allergic to the ingredients in teeth whitening products. Always inform your dentist about any allergies or sensitivities you may have before undergoing a whitening treatment.

Do You Need Professional Whitening

It's crucial to discuss with the dentist before starting any teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Taner Cakmak and his professional team can assess your dental health, discuss potential risks and benefits, and recommend the most suitable approach for you.

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