Over time, teeth become more yellow because they are constantly exposed to foods and beverages of various colours that have a staining effect. Teeth also develop microscopic cracks and chips where coloured matter and bacteria can nest between teeth layers and produce unwanted staining and yellowing.
A popular remedy to the staining effects of food and drink is a process called teeth whitening. It is designed to keep your teeth and smile bright – and bolster your mood and self-confidence.
How teeth whitening works
You can whiten your teeth at home by brushing with an abrasive toothpaste. Please keep in mind that abrasive toothpastes are generally safe if you don’t overuse them. The effectiveness of these products, however, is limited to surface stains – that is why they should never be used as a substitute for professional dental cleaning.
The benefits of professional teeth-whitening services
At our dental clinic, we use specially formulated prophylactic pastes that are applied with the help of a rotating instrument to maximize the action of the abrasive substance contained in the paste. The effect is immediate. Using this method, we can remove all plaque and stains from the surfaces of your teeth.
Can teeth whitening damage teeth?
Generally, teeth whitening is safe. It is important to keep in mind, however, that excessively frequent or prolonged use of abrasive pastes can cause teeth to lose enamel. In cases where teeth lose enamel, they become overly sensitive to brushing and temperature changes.
Is teeth whitening painful?
Our patients have never reported pain resulting a teeth-whitening procedure. If you use a teeth-whitening process at home, please be careful not to overuse abrasive toothpastes so as to protect from losing enamel and making your teeth sensitive to brushing and cold temperatures.
Is teeth whitening covered by insurance?
We will be happy to prepare a claim for your insurance company and find out if you are covered for this procedure.
Did you know?
If you have composite veneers or caps on your teeth and you’re wondering if they can be whitened in the same way as natural teeth – the answer is no. But you can get professional cleanings to remove or reduce some staining. If veneers become very stained or discoloured, you may want to decide in conjunction with your dentist if it’s preferable to replace them.
Looking for teeth-whitening services in downtown Montreal?
At Comfort Care Dental Clinic, we provide teeth-whitening services designed to optimize your smile. Come meet our team of dedicated dental professionals at our clinic conveniently located in downtown Montreal at 2045 Stanley Street, Suite 1100 – very close to Peel metro station.