Get a Lighter, Brighter Smile
Teeth whitening can be a great option for patients who have an upcoming special occasion, or are looking for an effective way to change the look of their smile. At Cityview Family Dental Centre, our dentists offer both in-office and at-home treatment options for patients in Ottawa.
What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to remove stains and lighten the colour your teeth.
With age, teeth become more vulnerable to staining from food and other substances. Particles are naturally attracted to a tooth’s enamel, and products like coffee, tea, berries and tobacco are notorious for staining teeth.
The bleaching agents using during the teeth whitening treatment process are designed to reverse these effects of aging and staining, lightening the colour of your teeth.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Teeth whitening uses bleaching agents that are peroxide-based. Oxygen acts on the tooth enamel as the active ingredient breaks down, creating the whitening effect.
In-Office Teeth Whitening in Ottawa
In-office teeth whitening takes about 2 hours at your dentist office. First, a barrier is applied around your gums to protect them, then a thin layer of gel is applied and chemically activated on each tooth. We repeat this process a few times, until the desired shade of white is achieved.
At-Home Teeth Whitening in Ottawa
At Cityview Family Dental Centre, we offer at-home whitening options so that you can whiten your teeth in the comfort and convenience of your home. Custom whitening trays are created specifically for your smile. Your dentist will also provide you thorough at-home instructions.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Teeth whitening isn’t a permanent solution to whiten your smile.
If you continue to expose your teeth to foods and drinks that cause staining, you will likely begin to see the whiteness fade after a few months.
If you avoid these foods and drinks after your teeth whitening treatment, you may just need a touch up after a year or so.
Sensitivity is a short-term side effect to teeth whitening. For most patients it fades away within a few days after a whitening session.
To minimize any discomfort, we recommend that you use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste prior to treatment and for at least two weeks following your treatment.
Yellow and brown-coloured stains respond the best to teeth whitening treatments.
Grey, blue and purple-coloured stains tend not to respond to whitening at all. For teeth with these types of stains, patients may be better candidates for cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
No, teeth whitening only works on natural teeth. It does not work on existing dental restorations such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
If veneers or crowns are part of your treatment plan, teeth whitening should take place before you receive your dental restorations.
If used under the supervision of a qualified dentist, it is very unlikely that teeth whitening will damage your dental enamel.
Always consult with your dentist to ensure that you are using any teeth whitening products safely.