Types of Treatment
There are two ways you can whiten your teeth: either in the dental clinic (referred to as “in-office” or “in-chair”) or at home with special at-home kits.
Dentrix Dental Care offers a whitening system called Zoom. It’s a powerful whitening system that uses laser technology to give you a brighter smile in just one visit. Zoom works best when coupled with a recent teeth cleaning. That way, your teeth will be prepared to absorb the treatment.
Most sessions last less than 1 hour and can make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter than they were when you walked into our office.
If you’d rather whiten at home, we have take-home kits as well. To get started, make an appointment so our dentists in NW Calgary can create trays to fit your upper and lower teeth. Once you have those, just use the provided gel to get your teeth sparkling again.
At-home kits are also good for people who’ve just had in-chair Zoom whitening. It allows you to keep “topping up” your whitening to keep your glowing, healthy smile for longer.
Teeth Whitening Process
Teeth whitening is a very simple processes. Obviously doing it in a dental practice will be a bit different to doing it at home,
We apply a special bleaching agent to your teeth, making sure not to get any on your gums. You then lie back in a dental chair while a special laser light activates the bleaching agent.
At-home whitening couldn’t be easier. Once we’ve made your custom trays, you simply put the supplied bleaching agent into them and bite down for around 20-30 minutes. You can read a book, watch a movie, or even work on the computer while whitening your teeth at the same time.
In-Office vs At-Home, Which is Better?
In-office whitening will typically give you more noticeable results faster than at-home whitening. While at-home whitening is much more convenient — and cheaper — the bleaching agent used is necessarily less intense. This is largely a safety consideration as the stronger bleaches must be handled by professionals.
You can whiten your teeth by around 5-8 shades in a single sitting with in-chair whitening. This will really depend on the individual, much like how people tan at different rates out in the sun. In either case, you will get a very noticeable result within an hour or so.
At-home kits will still increase the whiteness of your teeth by several shades, but not as many. You may also need to reapply within several months.
Combining the two — starting with in-office and finishing with at-home — will give you the best and longest lasting results.
It should be noted that neither in-office or at-home whitening will last very long if you drink a lot of staining liquids like tea, coffee, and dark wines. The best way to ensure longterm results is to take care of your teeth.
Teeth Whitening and Sensitive Teeth
Each one of our patients is different, so that means their oral needs are different. While many people will have no trouble with traditional whitening procedures, we’ve taken care to adjust our system for sensitive teeth.
If your teeth or gums are prone to sensitivity, we can use a high, medium, or low setting to find one that works for you.
As at-home kits are generally less intense, they’re better tolerated by people with sensitive teeth.
When Is It Best To Get Teeth Whitening?
Because it’s a cosmetic procedure there’s never a time when you have to get teeth whitening. That being said, there are still better times than others to get it done. These include:
After a scale and clean.
This places your teeth in the best position to receive the whitening and get the best results out of it.
Prior to restorative work.
If you’re getting a crown, bridge, or veneer placed on your teeth, it’s a great idea to get teeth whitening beforehand. Your restoration will be made the same color as the surrounding teeth, so if your teeth are stained, you’ll get a stained-looking restoration. If you get whitening later, your restoration will look out of place and dirty compared to the rest!
Other Forms of Teeth Whitening
At Dentrix Dental we use Zoom teeth whitening. It’s a great, time-effective option that’s well tolerated even by sensitive users.
Other forms of teeth whitening include:
Rather than a light-activated bleaching agent, a simple chemical bleach is applied to the tooth for a set duration.
Laser whitening involves using a special type of laser to activate a whitening agent on your teeth. The laser is aimed at each tooth for a specific duration, and there are usually two or three rounds to get the best results.
Rather than using any kind of chemical whitening agent, many patients opt to simply get dental veneers to whiten their teeth. It’s a fast and, if using composite resin, affordable way of getting precisely the shade of tooth color you want instantly without multiple whitening visits.
It also doesn’t irritate people with overly sensitive teeth.
Why Zoom Whitening?
We use Zoom whitening because not only is it effective, it’s also one of the safest options for your teeth.
The Zoom whitening formula contains ingredients to not just give your teeth a greater luster, but to protect enamel as well. It’s compatible with other restorative work you may have already had done and won’t compromise them in any way.
Teeth Whitening FAQ
When do I need teeth whitening?
You never need to get teeth whitening. It’s a cosmetic procedure and does not affect your tooth’s function.
Can I choose which shade I want for my teeth?
The only way to precisely control what shade of white your teeth become is to use dental veneers.
Can I get the same results as in-office whitening with at-home kits?
It can be possible, but requires multiple applications and won’t be anywhere near as fast. In-office whitening will get you a more noticeable result faster.
Can teeth whitening damage my teeth?
Certain forms of teeth whitening, if not administered properly, can affect the enamel of your teeth. They can also compromise existing restorations such as crowns and veneers. That’s why we choose Zoom whitening for our in-office and at-home whitening solution.
Why does it say 5-8 shades whiter? Why isn’t it consistent?
Every person is different. Think of it like tanning: some people tan very easily, others with more effort. It will also depend on how deeply stained your teeth are. Heavily stained teeth will require more work and potentially more appointments than lightly stained teeth.
How do I maintain my white teeth?
The best way to maintain your newly whitened teeth is to avoid food, drink, and chemicals that will cause stains. Tea, coffee, red whine, and cigarettes, for example, will all stain your teeth. Getting at-home kits to “top up” your teeth every few months will help with maintenance, but nothing will last long without you taking proper care.
Contact us today about Teeth Whitening NW Calgary.