We offer teeth whitening services using modern technology. However, before this was possible the quest for teeth whitening still existed. Somewhere, a long time ago, a man (or a woman) realized just how brilliant a great smile was. Since then we have tried everything to make sure that our teeth are as white and as luminescent as they can be. From rubbing coal on them, which was a bad idea, to inventing the toothbrush, we have made great efforts to keep our teeth white. The modern era and the advent of modern medicine had made tremendous strides along those same lines, giving us techniques and abilities far beyond anything our ancestors could ever have imagined.
By the same token, teeth whitening also comes with the need for some basic knowledge. Jumping into any treatment without fully understanding the repercussions and potential risk is never a good investment. As dentists, we believe that our patients should be fully informed on any step they take, and this is why we encourage all our patients to discuss teeth whitening with us at some point. There are virtually no risks when it comes to teeth whitening, but there is quite a lot of myth and folklore that surrounds the treatment.
For one, it is important to note that teeth whitening services do not in any form damage your teeth, wear away your enamel or cause gum disease. Done in the office the process is safe, controlled by our professional team, and carries literally zero risk. On the other hand, many people do report irritation after using a store-bought solution due to leakage. The only risk with our procedure is overuse, which can result in irritated gums. We will, however, warn you if we feel that you shouldn’t whiten your teeth so quickly after your last procedure.
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and this definitely applies to teeth whitening. Teeth tend to regress after a treatment, and if you smoke or drink a lot of coffee, you may find yourself not liking the color of your teeth. For many people, this is a simple sign that they need to repeat the process. This is where we advocate caution. We recommend not whitening teeth more than once every four to six months. Any sooner and you could irritate your gums. However, we have had a number of patients who have whitened their teeth at home and come in with irritated gums. The cause? They have been using the teeth whitening as a monthly routine, whitening their teeth as often as once a month (and sometimes even sooner) because they were not satisfied with their pearly whites getting stained again. This is why working with a dentist is so important.
Finally, please have your teeth examined before you decide to whiten your teeth. The teeth whitening process uses bleach and other chemicals. If you have an active infection or a cavity that has not been filled, using these products could, and in most cases will, cause the infection to get worse. We would prefer that you not go through the discomfort of an infected tooth and let us deal with it before you engage in teeth whitening services.