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Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants a beautiful, white smile that they can be confident about. Wright Family Dental can help you achieve your smile goals through a variety of treatments, ranging from whitening toothpaste to professional treatments.

There are two types of teeth whitening, namely intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic whitening affects the interior of the tooth, while extrinsic whitening removes the stains on the enamel of the tooth. Stains on our teeth can be caused by smoking, wine, tea or coffee, but intrinsic discoloration is a natural process brought on by aging. Other factors that speed up the process of discolouration include genetics, silver fillings, too much fluoride, or excessive smoking and use of tobacco products.

An intrinsic whitening process involves whitening or bleaching gel that contains hydrogen peroxide. Through a process of using light, the peroxide is absorbed into the tooth, making it appear lighter.

Extrinsic whitening can include polishing, teeth cleaning or a whitening toothpaste, which are generally more abrasive than normal toothpastes, to remove the exterior stains.

Patients are asked to exercise caution when it comes to whitening treatments. Large amounts of whitening gel over a short period of time can damage your teeth and make them translucent. Patients need to stick to our dentist’s advice on their specific treatment.

The effects of a whitening treatment will not last forever. Results can last between 6 months and 2 years as the discolouration of teeth is part of the natural aging process. A patient’s diet is also a major factor in determining how long the whitening results will last. If a patient’s diet consists of a lot of acidic foods, their teeth will discolor faster.

Most patients’ also feel an amount of tooth sensitivity after a professional whitening procedure. The intensity of the sensitivity is different from person to person but should desist after 24 hours.