knowledge for peace of mind
The most common thing people say they’d like to improve about their smile is whiter teeth! We offer an easy teeth whitening service you can use at home, with our expertise guiding you. Let us add some sparkle to your smile!
what is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening uses bleach to break down stains into smaller pieces, making the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
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teeth whitening before & after
reasons you might want your teeth whitened…
Tooth color can change as a result of medications we’re taking, things we’re eating or drinking and other lifestyle choices. In many cases, this coloring can be reversed and your smile whitened with a simple, non-invasive treatment.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry polled people about how they’d like to improve their smile, and the most common response was that they would like whiter teeth!
Thankfully, teeth whitening is a simple process that takes one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) to break down stains into smaller pieces. The coloring is less concentrated and your teeth look brighter.
Unfortunately there are limits to the effectiveness of whitening products. Veneers, crowns and fillings will not respond to whitening, nor will teeth that are discolored due to a tooth injury or medication. We are happy to discuss your options in these cases.
- you feel your teeth are lacking sparkle
- you feel they are looking yellow
what to expect during the teeth whitening process
Whitening your teeth typically involves two appointments at the office. Read on for timings and how to prepare.
At your first visit
At Peace of Mind Dental Studio, we’re offering an ‘at-home bleaching’ service.
At the initial appointment, we will record the shade your teeth are currently. We will take an impression of your teeth in order to fabricate a custom tray for you to use at home.
At your second visit
Once your trays have been created, we’ll have you back to the office to pick them up along with the bleaching gel. We will provide instructions on how to use it, as well as tips and advice for the best results.
advice & tips
maintaining white teeth
The American Dental Association (ADA) covers the reasons why teeth go from white to no-so-bright over time. They’ll discuss what foods can stain your teeth, and other advice about getting a brighter smile.
after your teeth whitening treatment…
To ensure the best outcome for the procedure, it is
important to follow the advice and instructions that we provide:
- Return to the office for an evaluation once you have used all of your supplies OR when you achieve the desired shade so we can record the details.
- Practice the recommended oral hygiene measures –twice a day brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and good flossing techniques.
You may notice…
Typically you will see significant improvement to the color of your teeth in 2 weeks of using your at-home bleaching technique.
Tooth whitening will not be effective in certain cases of discoloration like on veneers, crowns or fillings. Whitening will also be ineffective if the discolouration is a result of tooth injury or medication.
teeth whitening faqs
answering your questions about teeth whitening…
How often do I have to come in to whiten my teeth?
At Peace of Mind we offer an at-home bleaching service. You’ll come to the office to have impressions for a custom tray, and then again to pick it up along with your supplies and instructions. After that it will all happen in the convenience of your home. You’ll only return at the end of your treatment to record your shade or when you’ve reached the end of your supply.
How long will the whitening last?
This depends on your lifestyle and whether you smoke, eat or drink certain foods etc.
Will whitening my teeth make them hurt?
Your teeth may feel a little more sensitive while you are using the bleaching gel. However, we can recommend certain toothpastes and tips to treat these symptoms.
Can I whiten my teeth while pregnant or nursing?
The American Pregnancy Association advises that cosmetic treatments that are not immediately necessary, which included teeth whitening, should be delayed until you’re no longer pregnant or nursing. If you’re concerned about the appearance of your teeth, we can advise on other ways to safely care for your smile in the meantime.
Have more questions? Please call us at 480-608-5444 or email us and we’ll be able to talk you through the process.
Tips & advice from Dr. Silverman:
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