Professional Teeth Whitening in Edmonton

Restore your white smile with a quick visit to Oliver Family Dental! We have your safe, no-fuss solution for teeth whitening in Edmonton. You’ve probably seen the teeth whitening products available in pretty much every pharmacy and grocery store, but these items use a low-dose bleaching agent for safety purposes. It will take multiple applications to get the results that an in-office whitening session can achieve since we incorporate a higher concentration of the bleaching agents.

Peroxide gels used for whitening can burn your gums and cause tooth sensitivity, so without professional supervision, you could really hurt your mouth. We use a thicker gel that doesn’t soak into the teeth as much along with desensitizers to manage your sensitivity. So while over-the-counter whitening options may be less expensive, an in-office whitening will be less likely to cause sensitivity.

In-Office Teeth Whitening to Rejuvenate Your Smile

There are many factors that cause your teeth to become discoloured over time. We can remove organic stains or discolouration due to:

  • Aging: Yellowing teeth may be hereditary and may affect multiple teeth
  • Tobacco use: The nicotine and tar in tobacco easily cause yellow and brown stains
  • Certain food and beverages: Coffee, red wine, carbonated drinks and dark-coloured food commonly cause stains

Teeth with inorganic stains or that have been overexposed to fluoride may not respond well to whitening. Similarly, teeth bleaching will not whiten porcelain crowns or composite tooth-coloured bondings.

The Dentist’s Teeth Whitening Procedure

At your appointment, you can expect your teeth to be cleaned in order to remove plaque and food particles. After a dental exam which could involve photos and colour measurements, the whitening process will begin! A typical teeth whitening appointment lasts 30 to 60 minutes and goes something like this:

  • A cheek retractor helps expose your teeth
  • A liquid rubber dam or hardening resin is applied to the gums for protection
  • A bleaching gel with hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth and must stay on for around 15 to 30 minutes
  • The gel is washed off and a new coat is applied
  • A special light may be used on the teeth to enhance the bleaching process; protective eyewear will be provided
  • After the last application, your teeth will be rinsed and their shade change will be measured

Your teeth may immediately whiten up to two or three shades and will usually continue to whiten for the next couple of days. With multiple in-office visits, dramatic results – even up to eight shades brighter -- are possible! For more serious staining, deep bleaching may be recommended and involves custom bleaching trays and more home care.

Remember, any type of whitening, whether it’s with us or an over-the-counter bleaching tray, is not a permanent solution. We’ll discuss your cleaning routine to take care of your teeth between whitening appointments. By brushing, flossing, and avoiding acidic, tannin-rich food and drinks, you can help keep your smile sparkling white! Contact our Edmonton office to set up your teeth whitening appointment today.

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