Teeth can appear discoloured for a number of reasons. In some cases, thin or thick tooth enamel can look off-white, tending toward shades of gray or yellow. Some people naturally develop one or more teeth with a brownish hue. Outside factors stain tooth enamel, as well. Tobacco, deeply pigmented foods and beverages, and tetracycline antibiotics can cause teeth stains. Ingesting too much fluoride as a child can result in fluorosis, a condition that presents very white horizontal lines across tooth enamel. Regardless of the cause of your tooth discolouration, as a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Murray-Curtis can give you the white, vibrant smile that you deserve.
What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Teeth stains fall into two primary categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains occur in the enamel or the tooth’s core. To treat intrinsic stains, Dr. Murray-Curtis often recommends veneers when wholly appropriate as the best of your options. Extrinsic stains are topical, so they often respond well to chemical treatment. Safe and minimally invasive chemical teeth whitening lifts stains from the pores of tooth enamel. Treatment involves a specially formulated whitening gel that can lighten teeth by several shades.
What Can I Expect from Treatment?
Veneers are applied over the front surface of teeth. You can learn more about the dental veneer procedure here. For chemical teeth whitening, we will take impressions of your teeth, and then fabricate custom-fitted whitening trays. Dr. Murray-Curtis will provide a potent whitening gel, along with instructions for use. You will continue to administer treatment at home, on a schedule that suits your lifestyle and goals. In most situations, the dentist instructs patients to wear gel-filled whitening trays for about an hour a day over 14 days. Keep your custom-fitted whitening trays to use for future treatments. We will provide you with more whitening gel when needed.
What are the Benefits of Teeth Whitening?
Tooth whitening addresses a variety of aesthetic concerns. Look over the following benefits of this cosmetic treatment when deciding whether whitening is your best choice:
- An overall whiter, brighter smile
- Whitening treatment for darkened teeth, discolouration, yellowing, and stains
- Improvement of hard-to-treat stains
- A more youthful appearance
Will I Make a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
If you have discoloured natural teeth, you make an excellent candidate for tooth whitening, either with whitening gel or porcelain veneers. Please note, dental crowns, fillings, veneers, and bridges do not respond to chemical teeth whitening. However, Dr. Murray-Curtis can replace restorations and prosthetics that have discoloured over time, so you can enjoy a completely brightened smile. Though professional teeth whitening is safe and gentle, patients should inform the dentist prior to treatment if they have very sensitive teeth.