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Get a Brighter Smile with Teeth Whitening in Calgary, AB

When you encounter someone for the first time, the first thing they notice about you is your smile- or lack thereof. The condition of your teeth tells a lot about you and, if yours are stained, you may worry that showing them will make people think badly of you. The good news is, at Peak Dental Group in Calgary, we offer teeth whitening treatments to brighten and whiten your smile.

Types of Tooth Stains

There are two primary types of tooth stains:

  • Extrinsic
  • Intrinsic

Extrinsic staining

Extrinsic staining affects the tooth enamel and is often the result of exposure to certain environmental factors such as foods/beverages

Intrinsic staining

Intrinsic staining affects the dentin, the layer just under the enamel, and is most commonly caused by certain medications and dental trauma.

Common Causes of Stained Teeth

There are several factors that can cause stained teeth. Some of them are avoidable, others are not.

The most common avoidable causes of tooth staining include:

  • Dark-colored foods/beverages, such as berries, red wine, soy sauce, tea, and coffee
  • Smoking and tobacco products, research shows that tooth staining is more common among those who use tobacco products than those who do not
  • Poor oral hygiene habits, if you are not brushing and flossing regularly to remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup, you’re more likely to develop stains on your teeth
  • Excessive exposure to fluoride can cause fluorosis, which causes white spots to develop on tooth enamel

The most common unavoidable causes of tooth staining include:

  • Genetics, tooth color naturally varies from one person to another- not everyone has perfectly white teeth
  • Dental trauma, such as injuries due to sports accidents, falls, or car crashes can cause damage to teeth that results in discoloration
  • Aging, tooth enamel thins over the years which exposes more of the underlying dentin
  • Dental treatments, such as silver amalgam dental fillings can cause teeth to have a grayish appearance. Root canal treatments may also cause discoloration
  • Certain medical conditions, such as celiac disease, eating disorders, metabolic diseases, liver disease, and calcium deficiency can cause tooth discoloration
  • Certain medications, such as antihistamines or blood pressure medications can cause discoloration. Adults who were given antibiotics such as doxycycline or tetracycline as children may experience discoloration
  • Cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy to the neck or chemotherapy can cause tooth discoloration

How can Teeth Whitening Help?

Teeth whitening is an affordable way to improve the appearance of your smile. White teeth improve your confidence and minimize the appearance of wrinkles, making you look younger. White teeth also make you seem friendlier and more approachable, and increase your chances of professional success.

Why go to a dentist when home whitening kits are available?

Many people wonder why bother going to a dentist for professional teeth whitening when there are a variety of OTC whitening kits available. There are several reasons why you should avoid these kits:

OTC Treatments are Not as Safe Due to Peroxide and Other Bleaching Agents

OTC whitening treatments typically use peroxide and other bleaching agents to whiten teeth. These can be damaging to teeth, gums, and other soft oral tissues if not used properly.

OTC Treatments are Not as effective as Professional Teeth Whitening

OTC whitening treatments can whiten teeth by a few shades. However, professional teeth whitening can offer significant results that last much longer.

OTC Treatments are Not as Safe Due to Peroxide and Other Bleaching Agents

OTC whitening treatments typically use peroxide and other bleaching agents to whiten teeth. These can be damaging to teeth, gums, and other soft oral tissues if not used properly.

What is the Teeth Whitening Procedure like?

There are several steps involved in an in-office whitening treatment. Here’s what you can expect:

  • The dentist will record the current shade of your teeth
  • Teeth will be polished with pumice to remove any plaque buildup on the surface
  • Gauze will be used to keep your teeth dry, and retractors may be used to keep your tongue, cheeks, and lips away from the whitening solution
  • A barrier will be placed along the gum line to protect your gums from the whitening solution
  • The front surface of teeth will be coated with carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide whitening solution
  • In some cases, a laser light will be required to activate the peroxide and once applied, the solution will be left on for 30 minutes to an hour. Some solutions must be reapplied periodically during this time
  • Once the desired shade has been reached- or the maximum time has been reached- the teeth will be rinsed
  • The dentist may apply fluoride to teeth to counteract tooth sensitivity
  • If needed, additional treatments can be scheduled until the desired shade is achieved. Following that, periodic maintenance visits can keep teeth white.

After treatment, you should avoid foods/beverages that are known to cause stains, as well as avoid smoking or tobacco use.

What are the Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening treatments offer several advantages over OTC treatments, including:

Professional Teeth Whitening Results are Thorough And Even

Professional teeth whitening provides thorough, even results. The solution is stronger and application of the solution is controlled by a professional that has been trained on proper teeth whitening protocols.

Professional Teeth Whitening is Fast and Reliable

Professional teeth whitening results are fast and reliable. When you use an OTC kit, there is no guarantee of the results that you will achieve. Plus, OTC treatments can usually only whiten teeth by a few shades and take several weeks to months to achieve.

Professional Teeth Whitening Will Protect Your Gums

When preparing you for professional teeth whitening treatment, the dentist will use a dental dam or some other type of protector to keep the whitening solution off of your gums. This prevents gum irritation, which is a common side effect of OTC treatments.

In addition, retractors are often used to protect your lips, cheeks, and tongue from contact with the solution.

Professional Teeth Whitening Can be Customized

The first step in any dental procedure at Peak Dental Group is the consultation visit. This will allow us to evaluate the current color and condition of your teeth. We will record the current color and help you look over the color chart.

Once you choose your color, we will begin the treatment and work with you until you achieve the desired results.

Professional Teeth Whitening Allows You to Work with a Professional

The dental team at Peak Dental Group has the experience and expertise to help you achieve the picture-perfect smile that you have always dreamed of. We can offer advice on the shade that we think would be best. We can also diagnose and treat other dental issues that can impact the appearance of your smile.

Book an appointment with Peak Dental for your next Teeth Whitening Treatment in Calgary, AB

When you meet someone for the first time, your smile- or lack thereof- is the first thing they see. If your teeth are stained, you may feel embarrassed to smile. This can ultimately lead to anxiety and depression. However, teeth whitening treatments can brighten and whiten your smile, making you feel better about your smile.

If you are interested in teeth whitening treatments, schedule your consultation with the team at Peak Dental Group. Our team of highly trained dentists can help you get your smile back with a variety of dental procedures.

We are located on Brentwood Road in Calgary. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We offer general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services for the entire family.

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