Teeth whitening treatments are increasingly diverse and popular. With the proliferation of offered products that promise to give a smile as white as snow, the dentist must remain the main source of information with regards to oral health.
Here are 5 elements to consider regarding teeth whitening.
- Consult your dentist
Before you do anything and invest your money in teeth whitening, you should first discuss it with your dentist during an appointment. The dentist will be able to examine your teeth, give you a colour diagnosis and evaluate your chances of success. He could then suggest a type of treatment and point out the results one can expect while making adjustments along the way.A dental exam is important for all, but more specifically for those who have numerous teeth repairs. If some of these repairs are at the front of the mouth, they might require replacement after the whitening so that the teeth shade match.
- Teeth Whitening at the Dentist’s
- Take impressions of your teeth
- Design a custom-made tray
- Apply a whitening gel
- Take home your custom-made tray filled with the whitening gel and apply it for the recommended time by your dentist.
- A follow-up examination will take place a few weeks after treatment initiation and adjustments will be made as necessary
Your dentist may also suggest to begin by applying a more concentrated gel in the clinic, and then continue with the custom-made tray in order to complete the treatment.In regards to the teeth whitening cost, it will vary depending on the product used and the length of treatment.
- Avoid off-the-shelf treatments
Off-the-shelf teeth whitening products are increasing in number and variety. Santé dentaire VMR advises to steer clear of such products, because their pH is very low and their acidity is quite high, unlike the ones that your dentist will recommend. An acid product will damage your enamel and a non-custom-made tray might burn your gums since the gel will not be evenly applied.
- Foods to Avoid
Certain foods stain teeth more than others. Here’s a list of foods to avoid during a tooth whitening treatment:
- Dark soft drinks
- Red wine
- Natural apple juice
- Herbal tea
- Coloured spices (for ex: turmeric, paprika, cumin, saffron, etc.)
- Tomato sauce
- Other foods that can colour teeth
It is also best to avoid all tobacco consumption during treatment.
Santé dentaire VMR recommends that pregnant and lactating women not proceed with a teeth whitening treatment and that they wait for the end of their pregnancy or of their breast-feeding. Furthermore, our dentists do not provide such treatments to children under the age of 14.
Our customized service and our experienced team, make Santé Dentaire VMR, THE ideal dental center in the Town of Mount-Royal! Book an appointment as of today for a teeth whitening treatment of for other services offered by our team of dentists.