If your teeth have lost their pearly white healthy appearance you are not alone. Aging, diet, injuries along with many other factors cause teeth to dull and yellow. With the rise of personal appearance television programs, Teeth Whitening has become a popular dental procedure.
Whitening is a mild bleaching process that restores stained or discoloured teeth to a healthy, natural colour, and is very safe under the supervision of a dental professional.
At our North York, Downsview dental office, the results from Whitening can last for as long as a year and with touch-up treatments (at home) every few months results can last even longer. "Touch-ups" are especially useful for patients who drink beverages that stain the teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine and coke. Some patients may experience heightened tooth sensitivity or mild tooth or gum sensitivity during treatment, but these symptoms are only temporary and disappear within a few days after the treatment is finished.
Reason for Tooth Discolouration include:
- drinking coffee, tea, wine or soft drinks
- natural aging - The dentin underneath the enamel of a tooth darkens
- Smoking or any tobacco use
- Accidents - a dead nerve will darken a tooth
- Root Canal Therapy
Feel free to ask Dr. Olvera at Downsview, Keele and Finch Dental Office in North York (near York University) about professional teeth whitening as well as over the counter agents. Together you can compare treatments and determine which solution will be most effective for you.