Do you find that your teeth are stained? Have their colour become darker over the years?
Are you interested in knowing how you can have the bright, brilliant, white smile you desire?
If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, read on to learn more about teeth whitening, a service offered by Montreal dentist Dr. Nathalie Bessette and her team.
Why aren’t my teeth white?
Did you know that our teeth are not naturally porcelain white? That being said, our teeth do darken with age.
An adult’s teeth are usually darker than a child’s teeth. One reason is that the mineral composition of your teeth changes as you get older, causing your teeth to darken.
In addition, over time, stains accumulate on the surface of our teeth. These stains are caused by the consumption of various foods, drinks, medications, as well as from the use of tobacco products. Tea, coffee, red wine, tomato sauce, blueberries and tobacco products are some of the key contributors to teeth’s discoloration.
In addition, teeth color can be affected by a person’s skin tone and make-up. This is the reason why people who have darker skin appear to have much whiter teeth than those people who have fairer complexions.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process of bleaching your teeth to make them whiter.
Today, there are a number of commercial teeth whitening products available in local retail stores. However, to find the solution that is right for you and your teeth, we highly recommend you consult with your dentist prior to using any over-the-counter teeth whitening products.
There may be risks associated with the use of some of these teeth whitening products. Patients who are using peroxide-based teeth whitening products may be prone to chemical burns. Chemical burns occur when concentrated oxidizing agents come in contact with the unprotected skin or gums. Teeth can also be over bleached wearing off much of the tooth’s enamel.
According to Montreal dentist, Dr. Nathalie Bessette, having your teeth whitening professionally done in your dentist’s office, is a safe and effective way to improve the colour of your teeth, while maintaining your oral health.
Dentists customize the treatment to your teeth and your needs, supervise the process and make adjustments as required.
How long does the teeth whitening process take?
Teeth whitening done in your dentist’s office takes, on average, two to three weeks. The actual length of time varies for each patient and is highly dependent on the patient’s oral health as well as the current colour of their teeth and the shade desired.
According to Dr. Nathalie Bessette, when a patient consults the Montreal dentist about teeth whitening, they discuss the desired result and craft the game plan for treatment and follow up.
How long does teeth whitening last?
On average teeth that have been professionally whitened by a dentist remain bright for three to four years. However, results may vary based on a patient’s dental hygiene and the foods and liquids they consume. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly. In addition, it is best to avoid activities, foods and drinks that have a tendency to stain your teeth: smoking and drinking tea, coffee and red wine.
If you are looking to have a brighter, whiter smile, we invite you to consult with Montreal Dentist, Dr. Nathalie Bessette at her dental practice, Centre dentaire Nathalie Bessette. We look forward to meeting with you and provide you with our expert guidance on the steps to take to make your smile brighter than ever.
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