A beautiful white smile is magnetic and teeth whitening can help achieve this. Many people desire whiter and brighter teeth and St. Lawrence Dentistry is happy to offer teeth whitening services.
Tooth whitening is a process known as oxidation. In this process, any discolorations in the tooth can be lightened. Oxidation breaks down organic materials to create a whiter smile. There are many causes of tooth discoloration. Some of the most common include consumption of highly coloured foods (berries) and drinks (coffee, tea, red wine). Antibiotics at a young age, ageing, smoking, and trauma can also lead to discolorations.
There are many different brands of teeth whitening systems. At St. Lawrence Dentistry we use the Pola Advanced Tooth Whitening System because of its proven results and safety. The most popular versions of Pola Whitening are Poladay and Polanight. These are take-home whitening systems. Both are spearmint flavoured, crystal clear gels that contain a unique blend of soothers, conditioners, and water to reduce sensitivity. The gel is applied to custom trays which are fitted over your teeth. Dr. Hawryluk will recommend the exact Pola product to suit your teeth and lifestyle. During the whitening process, the whitening gel is broken down and oxygen enters the enamel and dentin and the stains are ‘dissolved’. The process takes on average 10 days to 2 weeks and is completed in the comfort of your own home. If teeth are very deeply and darkly stained the whitening process can take much longer. After the whitening is complete you will enjoy the refreshing whiter and younger looking smile.
Take home whitening kits have proven to be an economical and effective approach to whitening teeth. However, if the patient wants a more immediate result in office whitening is available. Pola Office Plus is the world’s fastest bleach and can be the answer for those people with a busy lifestyle. This gel is applied while you sit in the dental chair and treatment time is about 30 minutes.
The treatment results will last indefinitely if you touch-up your teeth a few times per year. Touch-ups may only take one or two days or nights. Without touch-ups, your teeth will start to re-stain by the same things that caused them to discolour in the first place.
St Lawrence Dentistry will ensure your whitening program is carried out in a manner which is safe for your teeth. Clinical studies have shown that bleaching with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for your teeth and gums. St. Lawrence Dentistry will design a whitening program specific to your situation. We will select the appropriate bleaching concentration and interval the teeth should be bleached. In addition, the doctors many advise desensitizing agents such as MI Paste to be used in between bleaching days to control sensitivity.
The doctors at St. Lawrence Dentistry often get asked about the effects that tooth whitening can have on their existing dental work. Teeth whitening can remove stains on existing dental work but will not change the shade of them. Dr. Hawryluk can often resurface fillings after the whitening process is done in a lighter shade. Resurfacing involves just removing the top layer of the existing filling. This is easy to do and often requires no local anesthetic (freezing).
St. Lawrence Dentistry would like to help you achieve a beautiful white smile. If you live in the Mississauga or Toronto area and would like more information about dental whitening please contact our office.