Everyone wants whiter teeth. Why not? Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A healthy, bright white smile makes you feel and look great, and enhances your confidence.
What causes stained teeth?
Teeth erupt naturally bright and white unless we are exposed to antibiotics, have dental trauma during our infancy or childbirth or have serious illness during tooth formation.
Over time, our daily habits affect our teeth and they become dull and yellow.
Things that affect the shade and brightness of our teeth are:
Foods and drinks that stain such as coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce, curry and berries
Extremely hot or cold foods or liquids which cause our teeth to expand and contract allowing stain to penetrate the enamel.
Acidic foods that open up the pores in our enamel and allow stains to move easily into our teeth.
Thinning enamel due to age.
Tobacco which stains our teeth yellow and dark.
Our office has a number of ways to eliminate staining and put a brilliant white smile back on your face. Call us today to discuss which method would be best for you.
Take-Home custom trays
We take impressions of your teeth and then create customized trays that fit your mouth, perfectly and comfortably. Once your trays are created, we will give you complete instructions verbally and in writing as to how to use the kit. We will then send you home with your custom fitted trays and the whitening kit. The kit has gels contained in syringes that have a powerful whitening formulation that you dispense into your tray and place on your teeth before bed to whiten while you sleep or twice during the day for 1-2 hours at a time.
Iveri In office whitening
If you’re looking for really fast results, in-office whitening is the right option for you. Iveri in office whitening is applied right in the dentist’s chair and activates itself as soon as it’s placed on your teeth. This procedure takes approximately 45 – 60 minutes. This technique is safe, effective and easy.
Crowns and Veneers
If whitening has not solved your tooth discolouration issues, we will then need to discuss less conservative options such as crowns and veneers. A crown is a porcelain cap that fits over your tooth. The shade of the porcelain is made to match your existing natural teeth so that it will be almost impossible to know which teeth in your smile are natural enamel and which are covered with porcelain.
Veneers are very thin restorations used to correct misshapen and discoloured teeth. They can be as thin as contact lens. Veneers are made of porcelain or composite resin. Veneers are also a great solution to closing gaps between your front teeth and to cover permanently stained or darkened teeth that do not respond to whitening.
Veneers and Crowns require two appointments: 1 to prepare the tooth and take records for the lab and a second approximately 10 days later to bond the veneer or crown in place. Usually a nightguard is recommended after veneer placement to protect the new restorations from chipping and breaking due to night timel grinding and clenching habits.
Veneers as with all restorations will eventually need to be replaced due to chipping, breakage or debonding. The longevity of this type of restoration is dependent on you! Avoid and limit carbonated and acidic beverages and foods. Do not bite on your nails, wear your nightguard! If you can follow these simple care instructions – your veneer could last you 20 years or more!