Burlington, ON dentists answer the question “Should I use teeth whitening?”
Teeth whitening is one of the fastest ways to dramatically improve your appearance. Yet, you may remain dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile due to yellow, stained teeth. Fears over discomfort, such as painful sensitivity, lackluster results, or tooth and tissue damage, keep many people from achieving an attractive smile that exudes confidence.
If you’re wondering, “Should I use teeth whitening in Burlington, ON?” know the health and beauty of your smile is in good hands at Mount Royal Dental. The professional products selected by the dental team, and their approach to applying whitening agents and to monitoring each patient’s progress, helps to ensure maximum results and comfort with minimal time commitment and hassle on the patient’s part. So, the short answer to, “Should I whiten?” is an enthusiastic, “Yes!” And the answer to other “frequently asked questions” follow in this handy guide on what to expect before, during, and after treatment.
How does teeth whitening work?
Generally, teeth whitening products or procedures involve the application of a gel that contains ingredients marketed or designed to lift stains and whiten teeth. These gels may be applied with brushes, via dental appliances worn like night-guards, or activated by light. Products differ in terms of the type of ingredients used, as well as the concentration of those whitening agents. Common effective whitening ingredients include carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide, which are found in the products used by Mount Royal Dental.
Over-the-counter whitening products such as strips, toothpaste, and trays may not get the results you desire, either because they don’t contain effective whitening agents, or these ingredients aren’t concentrated enough to make a noticeable difference in the colour of your teeth.
What type of whitening does Mount Royal Dental recommend?
The office uses Spa Dent Naturals, a leader in Health Canada-licensed natural dental products. These products are for use with routine perio-maintenance and active therapy appointments, as in-office “power whitening,” and for use at home to prolong beautiful results. Professional “brightening” at your next appointment can be completed in 10 minutes and gets your teeth up to four shades whiter, whereas “Flex” power whitening can achieve up to eight shades whiter teeth in 20 to 40 minutes.
Why do you recommend Spa Dent Naturals?
Mount Royal Dental appreciates that the company’s products are authentically natural. They are enamel-safe; contain organic ingredients; are 100 percent free of BPA, alcohol, and harmful chemicals; and are vegan and cruelty-free. Natural and safe ingredients make a significant difference, as they minimise the risk of unwanted side effects such as tooth sensitivity and enamel damage. All the company’s Xyliprox gel whiteners contain anywhere from 20 to 40 percent carbamide peroxide to whiten at full strength, and 4 to 10 percent hydrogen peroxide to rapidly remove tough stains. The strength of the whitening varies by product type (such as home or chairside use).
In keeping with their natural philosophy, Spa Dent whitening gels also contain:
- Aloe to soothe and heal gums and oral tissues
- Xylitol for plaque prevention and tooth remineralisation
- Neem, an antibacterial that fights plaque
- Potassium citrate for natural desensitising
- Calcium lactate to promote remineralisation of tooth structure
- Zinc chloride resists acid and promotes fresh breath
- Peppermint oil to counter irritation (and as an anesthetic)
Purified water assists in delivering whitening agents naturally and keeps teeth from becoming dehydrated. Problems with enamel sensitivity and damage are frequently associated with abrasive and acidic ingredients, which aren’t present in Spa Dent products.
What can patients expect from whitening with Spa Dent?
Spa Dent is both natural and technologically-advanced. The products Mount Royal Dental applies from the office combine both blue- and red-light technology to benefit the patient experience and outcome. Blue light technology has been used for years in professional dental curing instruments and, in this case, accelerates the peroxide in Xyliprox gel to activate and unlock powerful whitening effects. Red light technology aids in regenerating tissues and wound healing. So, not only is treatment safe but it also promotes optimal health. Treatment also includes home whitening to maintain beautiful results and “touch-ups” may be done during routine office visits.
Results depend on factors such as “starting shade” and genetics, and it’s important to resolve any oral health issues before moving forward with whitening. Your dentist will discuss these and other considerations, as well as options such as Phillips Zoom! whitening, during an appointment at the Burlington office. Call (905) 581-9912 to schedule yours today.