Teeth whitening

What you should know about teeth whitening

Teeth whitening treatments target the colored pigments in the enamel. However, you must first undergo an examination to make sure you don’t have any cavities, permeable fillings or gum disease.

Before initiating the teeth whitening treatment in Montreal, the practitioner will clean your teeth. Otherwise, the plaque situated near your gums will interfere with the whitening process. Your teeth will end up being half-white, while the part closest to the gums remains dark.

If the discoloration is severe, the practitioner will have to treat the tooth using a veneer.

What to do about stained teeth

Cigarettes, food coloring, soft drinks, tea, coffee, red wine, balsamic vinegar and certain iron-based medications can stain tartar, enamel and composite restorations. To get rid of these stains, we recommend having your teeth cleaned regularly every six months, in addition to a teeth-whitening treatment. In some cases, the dentist may recommend veneers instead of whitening. Only a dental exam can determine which solution is best suited to your particular situation.

Once you’ve had your teeth whitened, in order to maintain good dental hygiene and keep your teeth from becoming stained, after each meal, you must brush your teeth for two to three minutes and then floss thoroughly. The use of abrasive toothpaste isn’t recommended, as it will indirectly increase discoloration of the teeth by scratching the surface of the enamel.

Teeth whitening in Montreal by a specialist

There are various solutions to help you whiten your teeth. The least expensive is a product we apply to your teeth with a brush at our dental clinic located in Montreal.

The next method requires taking an impression of your teeth in order to create trays. You’ll then use the trays to apply a 10-percent whitening gel once a day for anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months or a 40-percent whitening gel once a day for 1 to 3 weeks.

The last technique entails an initial application of an 80-percent whitening gel—a procedure that must be performed at the clinic. We seldom recommend this treatment, as it can have significant side effects involving the nerve. The initial treatment must be followed by a subsequent phase, which you’ll carry out at home.

Six months after a teeth-whitening procedure, you may return to the clinic for a follow-up treatment consisting of tartar removal and tooth polishing.

You should always consult a dental health professional before embarking on any teeth-whitening treatment. To achieve the best results and prevent potential damage to your teeth and gums, it’s important to observe a strict protocol.