We are Toronto’s Teeth Whitening Specialists.
One of the first things we notice about people is their smile. When we meet someone with a bright, natural smile, it catches our attention.
However, over time, the natural aging process and lifestyle can stain our teeth. Clients whose teeth are discolored or stained due to the natural aging process, smoking, or from drinking beverages such as coffee, tea, colas, and red wine are generally excellent candidates for tooth whitening.
To get your smile back to looking its best, we will choose a whitening method that:
• Achieves the longest-lasting results
• Gives you the most naturally brilliant and uniform look
• Clinically proven to be safe and effective
Circumstances under which teeth whitening is not recommended or will be less successful include
Gum disease, cavities or warn tooth enamal, and exposed roots
Individuals with gum disease or teeth with worn enamel are generally discouraged from undergoing a tooth whitening procedure. Cavities need to be treated before undergoing any whitening procedure. This is because the whitening solutions penetrate into any existing decay and the inner areas of the tooth, which can cause sensitivity. Also, whitening procedures will not work on exposed tooth roots because roots do not have an enamel layer.
If your teeth are severely stained by tetracycline you might not experience a dramatic improvement with teeth whitening. However, it does make a difference after prolonged treatment.
Fillings, crowns and other restorations
Tooth-colored fillings and resin composite materials used in dental restorations (crowns, veneers, bonding, bridges) do not whiten. Therefore, using a whitening agent on teeth that do and do not contain restorations will results in uneven whitening–in this case, making the teeth without restorations appear lighter than those with restorations. Any whitening procedure should be done prior to the placement of composite fillings, bonding, veneers, crowns, dentures, or porcelain restorations in order to best match the degree of whitening to your new tooth color. A minimum of 2 weeks following a whitening procedure should be allowed before crowns, bondings, or veneers are completed. This will allow enough time for the enamel to remineralize and optimize the bonding strength.
Under The Age Of 16
Tooth whitening is not recommended for children under the age of 16. At this age the teeth are still developing and the nerves are enlarged. Teeth whitening could cause sensitivity and possible damage to the teeth.
Dentists do not recommend teeth whitening for women who are pregnant or lactating. Although there are no known specific side effects, manufacturers recommend not to perform whitening treatment while pregnant or nursing as a precautionary measure.
Sensitive teeth and allergies to products
Individuals with sensitive teeth and gums, receding gums and/or defective restorations should consult with their dental hygiene or dentist prior to using a tooth whitening system. Anyone allergic to peroxide (the whitening agent) should not use a whitening product.