Even if you are a diligent brusher, certain foods and beverages leave stains on your teeth that toothpaste cannot remove. Some stain-causing foods include:
- Red Wine
- Sports drinks
- Dark vegetables
Tobacco Use and Stained Teeth
One of the most damaging habits to your oral hygiene is tobacco. Whether you use cigarettes or chewing tobacco, it can leave significant stains and increase your risk for oral cancer and lung cancer.
Professional Teeth Whitening Systems
Most professional whitening systems use hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide solutions to brighten your teeth. Both solutions are completely safe when used correctly under a dentist’s supervision.
Few patients report side effects. The most common side effects are sensitivity to the teeth and gums. Side effects often subside with less frequent whitening or by changing the strength of the solution that you use.
Take Home Whitening Systems
Take-home whitening is the most common system that patients chose. It is more affordable, and you can use it when it’s convenient for you. We create custom whitening trays for you. Place a small amount of whitening gel in the receptacle for each tooth and wear your trays the prescribed amount of time.
In-Office Whitening System
In-office whitening services is a good fit for patients that want an instant result. We will place whitening gel on your teeth and use a special light to activate the solution. Each treatment takes about twenty minutes, and we can repeat it until we achieve your desired shade.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses bleaching agents or other methods to lighten the color of your teeth, removing stains and discoloration.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes, teeth whitening, when performed by a dental professional or following manufacturer instructions for at-home kits, is generally considered safe and effective.
How do teeth become discolored?
Teeth can become discolored due to various factors, including consumption of staining foods and drinks, tobacco use, aging, and certain medications. Professional teeth whitening can help address these stains.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The duration of teeth whitening results varies, but they can last from several months to a few years. The longevity depends on lifestyle factors like diet, oral hygiene, and habits like smoking.
Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?
Some individuals may experience temporary tooth sensitivity or gum irritation, but these side effects are usually mild and short-lived. Professional treatments are designed to minimize these issues.
Can anyone get teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is generally safe for most people. However, it may not be suitable for individuals with certain dental conditions or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult with your dentist to determine if it’s right for you.
What is the best way to maintain whitened teeth?
To maintain your whitened smile, practice good oral hygiene, limit foods and drinks that stain, avoid tobacco, and follow your dentist’s recommendations for touch-up treatments, if needed.
Book an Appointment Today
At our U of A dental office, we aim to make our services affordable and accessible to all students on campus. That’s why we offer student discounts and payment plans.
To keep your teeth healthy well into adulthood, students require dental maintenance and preventative care. If you’re looking for university dental care in Edmonton, contact UDental today!