Teeth Whitening in Guelph

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that can help you achieve a cleaner and healthy smile. Whether you prefer the convenience of at-home whitening or the more dramatic results of an in-office treatment, teeth whitening can make you more confident. 

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What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a process that can be used to lighten the color of your teeth. It works by removing stains and discolouration from the tooth enamel. Teeth whitening can be done in person at a dentist’s office, or it can be done at home by purchasing over-the-counter kits. Teeth whitening is perhaps the most popular cosmetic dental procedure.

What are the different methods of teeth whitening?

There are several different methods of teeth whitening such as over-the-counter treatment methods, professional treatment and do-it-yourself home kits. The underlying ingredient found in all teeth-whitening products is called hydrogen peroxide and depending on the concentration of the ingredient found, it can act quickly or take some time.

  • Teeth Whitening Strips: These are small strips that you place over your teeth for about 30 minutes. The strips contain a substance that gradually removes stains from your enamel, resulting in whiter teeth. They can be used daily and are usually effective after just one use. However, they may cause irritation if not used properly, so be sure to follow the instructions carefully and don’t leave the strip on longer than recommended as they can harm the enamel.
  • Teeth Whitening Trays: It’s a tray that fits over your teeth and contains a gel that contains an active agent that helps remove stains from your enamel. You’ll wear this tray for about an hour, twice a day for two weeks or longer depending on how quickly you want results. While wearing the trays, avoid eating or drinking anything other than water because it can cause staining while using these products due to their sensitivity to moisture.
  • Dental Clinical Treatments: Your dentist may offer in-office teeth whitening treatments as part of your dental cleaning appointments. These treatments work similarly to over-the-counter

What is involved in a teeth cleaning procedure?

A teeth cleaning procedure involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth. The teeth cleaning procedure can be performed by a dentist, dental hygienist, and/or dental assistant. Prior to the cleaning procedure, the dentist will examine the patient’s mouth and determine if any additional work needs to be completed. During the examination period, x-rays are taken to help determine whether there are any cavities present in the mouth that need to be treated before proceeding with a teeth cleaning procedure.

Does teeth cleaning hurt?

Teeth cleaning is not painful and should not hurt. You may experience slight discomfort and pressure but it should not be painful. However, if you have a history of sensitive teeth, the cleaning process can be adjusted accordingly which should help minimize discomfort.

Are there any risks associated with teeth cleaning?

Teeth cleaning by a dental professional is generally considered a safe procedure. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some potential risks and side effects which include:

  1. Sensitivity: Teeth cleaning can cause temporary sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks.
  2. Gum irritation: The cleaning process can irritate the gums, causing them to bleed or become swollen.
  3. Damage to fillings: The cleaning tools and techniques used during a cleaning can damage fillings, crowns, or other dental work.
  4. Allergic reactions: This is rare but some people may have an allergic reaction to the products used during the cleaning process.

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