At Reflections Dental Health Centre, our dentists offer in-house and take-home teeth whitening options to patients in the Winnipeg area in order to help them brighten their smiles.
What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening services are both safe and effective in removing stains and colour from your teeth, lightening their appearance.
As we age, peoples' teeth become more vulnerable to staining from food and other substances. Particles that are naturally attracted to a tooth's enamel include tea, berries, tobacco and coffee—all of which have well-deserved reputations for staining our smiles.
The bleaching agents used during the teeth whitening treatment process are designed to reverse these effects of aging and staining, lightening the colour of your teeth.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Teeth whitening procedures use peroxide-based bleaching agents. The oxygen in these compounds act on the tooth enamel as their active ingredient breaks down, causing the whitening effect.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening procedures take about two hours to complete at our dental clinic. Firstly, a barrier is applied around your gums to protect them from the whitening agent. Then, a thin layer of whitening gel is applied to and then activated on each tooth. This process is repeated a few times until the desired shade of white in your smile is achieved.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
At Reflections Dental Health Centre, we offer our patients at-home whitening options so that you can whiten your teeth in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Custom whitening trays are created specifically for your smile. Your dentist will also provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions to follow throughout the course of your treatment.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about teeth whitening at Reflections Dental Health Centre.
- How long do the effects of teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening isn't a permanent solution to whiten your smile.
If you still expose your teeth to food and drink that cause staining, you will probably see the new whiteness in your teeth fade after a few months.
If you avoid these foods and drinks after your teeth whitening treatment, you may just need a touch up after a year or so.
- Does teeth whitening make teeth more sensitive?
Sensitivity is a short-term side effect to teeth whitening. For most patients, it fades away within a few days after a whitening session.
In order to minimize any of your discomfort, we advise that you use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste before treatment and for at least two weeks after your treatment.
- Do teeth whitening products work on all stains?
Brown and yellow stains respond the best to teeth whitening treatments.
Grey, blue and purple-coloured stains tend not to respond to whitening at all. For teeth with these types of stains, patients may be better candidates for cosmetic treatments such as veneers or dental crowns.
- Does teeth whitening work on dental restorations?
No, teeth whitening only works on natural teeth. It does not work on existing dental restorations such as veneers or dental crowns.
If crowns or veneers are part of your dental treatment plan, you should have your teeth whitened before you receive your restorations so they can be matched to your new colour.
- Will teeth whitening damage my tooth enamel?
If used under the supervision of a qualified dentist, it is very unlikely that teeth whitening will damage your dental enamel.
Always consult with your dentist to ensure that you are using any teeth whitening products safely.
- Does insurance cover the cost of teeth whitening?
Dental insurance does not usually cover the cost of teeth whitening because it is a purely cosmetic procedure with no health benefits for your teeth.
Zoom! Advanced Whitening
At Reflections Dental Health Centre, we offer Zoom! Advanced Whitening as a treatment option for all of our patients. This teeth whitening procedure is:
- Fast & Convenient
- Low sensitivity
- Proven to be safe and effective
Ask our dentists about Zoom! Advanced Whitening at your next appointment.