Every cigarette, cup of coffee, a glass of wine, dish of curry, and serving of dark berries threatens to stain your teeth. When you combine the staining effects of so many foods and drinks with the teeth-staining effects of age, medications, infection, and trauma, it’s no wonder so many teeth are so far from white.
The reality is that tooth enamel isn’t actually white in the first place. In fact, the colour of the healthiest enamel naturally falls somewhere on a spectrum that includes yellow and gray tones. For many people, the colour of their teeth gets farther and farther from their ideal self-image every single day. Our smile is an enormous part of our face and personal appearance. How broadly we smile is an enormous indicator of our joy and confidence. When your teeth are yellow or gray — and yellower and grayer by the day for reasons you can’t control — it’s completely natural to feel unattractive and unconfident. Thankfully, though, dentists can perform teeth whitening in Toronto to restore our smile, appearance, confidence, and joy.
Yes, you could settle for the cost, nuisance, and frustration of trying to whiten your teeth at home. But why should you? Your dentist in Toronto can perform faster, more comfortable, safer, and more effective teeth whitening in their own office.
The Phillips Zoom whitening system uses a special gel to whiten your teeth. That gel is applied to the surface of your teeth — with particular attention to the most stained and discoloured teeth — then exposed to LED light from a handheld device. That LED light, directed specifically at the teeth that need to be whitened most, activates the bleaching compounds in that special gel. Once activated, the bleaching compounds in the gel dissolve the stains on your teeth and whiten the enamel.
In as little as 45 minutes, your teeth may be whitened by as many as eight shades. (No, those weren’t typos. In as little as 45 minutes… eight shades lighter.)
There’s an important caveat to keep in mind. Teeth whitening — whether by the Zoom system or otherwise — is not appropriate for everyone. For example, not all types of stains can be fixed by bleaching compounds, though your dentist will be able to offer alternatives. To find out if teeth whitening is an appropriate procedure for you, contact a dentist in Toronto for an assessment of your teeth and goals.
Why is in-office teeth whitening better than DIY teeth whitening?
Yes, you have over-the-counter retail options to (maybe) whiten your teeth without having to see a dentist near you. Those options include whitening gums, whitening rinses, and whitening strips. There are five key advantages to having your teeth whitened by a dentist near you, though:
- Your dentist will use stronger bleaching compounds than you can get in DIY kits
- Your dentist will target the teeth and stains that specifically need the most attention
- Your dentist will know what stains whitening can not resolve and will offer solutions that won’t waste your time and money
- If you are someone who experiences particular teeth sensitivity, your dentist can adjust the strength of the bleaching gels and compounds and LED light to ensure your maximum comfort
- Your teeth will get whiter faster
- Your teeth will get whiter and more safely
Are you looking for options for teeth whitening in Toronto? For the whitest possible teeth in the safest and shortest period of time, forego the DIY options and contact a dentist in Toronto for an assessment and recommendations to achieve your goals. In less than an hour, you’ll feel confident enough to joyfully unleash your whitest and most attractive smile again.