Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening

Why do teeth become yellow? The thin layer of enamel that covers the dentin wears with age. As this enamel wears, the yellowish dentin underneath starts to show through and teeth thus appear more yellow.

Moreover, certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine and grape juice, stain the surface of the teeth. Even certain drugs can stain teeth, such as tetracycline (antibiotic against acne and bronchitis) and other drugs used in the treatment of cancer. As you get older, your teeth also tend to become darker. To get a brighter smile, learn about existing teeth whitening products and get the results you want.

Different products and treatments available on the market

Many products, such as mouthwashes and whitening toothpastes, can be found in drugstores and big box stores. But be warned! These products are not very effective since the contact time with tooth enamel is minimal. The bleaching effect is directly proportional to the concentration of the whitening product used and the exposure time of the enamel. Also beware of teeth whitening toothpastes, which are often too abrasive!

To properly whiten teeth, get professional teeth whitening done by your dentist. It is best to consult your oral health professional as they are specialists and can guide you easily in the purchase of the product that will give you the desired result.

Professional teeth whitening

The Fortin Poirier dental clinic offers two teeth whitening treatments. You can pick between at home whitening or in clinic treatments. The at-home treatment includes tailor-made custom-fitted trays. It is possible to choose between day treatment and night treatment, according to your dentist’s recommendations. This treatment takes seven to ten days, on average. Teeth whitening in the clinic is the fastest way to get a bright smile. It only requires one visit and lasts about two hours.

During treatment

During the treatment, you may feel sensitivity in the teeth or gums. This is explained by the opening of the pores of the tooth, which makes it more vulnerable. The gums may also come into contact with the whitening product. If you feel pain, it is strongly recommended to stop the treatment for a few days so that the sensitivity disappears and to consult your dentist. They can provide advice to remedy any discomfort.

After treatment

Some people will feel tooth and gum sensitivity a few weeks after the treatment. This discomfort fades with time.

If you already experience tooth sensitivity, it is important to note that teeth whitening may magnify this problem. A desensitizing treatment is sometimes recommended before starting treatment.
The results of teeth whitening can last from six months to several years. It all depends on your oral care routine and the consumption of beverages and foods that stain teeth.

Dental jewellery

If you wish, it is possible to stick a small diamond-like shine on your teeth! Nothing is simpler and easier, especially since this technique does not damage your teeth at all and can be removed just as easily!

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