Most of us want to maintain pearly white teeth. Unfortunately, there are a lot of factors that can make that difficult, some that we can control and some we can’t. There are a lot of products available over-the-counter that promise to whiten teeth, such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and whitening strips. Though these can be somewhat effective, you’ll get the best results from a professional teeth whitening at a dentist's office. Thornhill Square Dentistry provides this treatment in Thornhill, ON to result in a smile that is several shades whiter.
Teeth can lose their brightness as a result of the diet we maintain, especially if teeth-staining substances are often consumed, such as wine, coffee, and tea. Personal habits like smoking also affect the appearance of our teeth. Finally, natural aging can cause teeth to appear yellow as, over time, the enamel layer of the teeth gradually wears away, revealing more of the yellower dentin layer underneath.
Over-the-counter whitening products can only remove surface stains using an active ingredient called hydrogen peroxide. Professional treatment for teeth whitening at Thornhill Square Dentistry, also uses this ingredient, but in a much higher concentration. This allows it to penetrate the enamel layer to break up deeper stains. This makes the stains less visible and allows the natural whiteness of the teeth to shine through.
A teeth whitening procedure is generally very quick and simple, taking about an hour. At Thornhill Square Dentistry, we offer Zoom whitening in the office as well as out of the office. A protective gel will first be applied to your gums to protect them from getting irritated by the whitening gel. The whitening solution itself will then be applied to your teeth. Its active ingredients will be activated using light from the Zoom machine. At the end of your appointment, you will leave Thornhill Square Dentistry with a smile that is noticeably whiter and brighter. After the procedure, you may notice that your teeth are more sensitive, and the gum tissue around your tooth may be slightly irritated. In case these issues arise, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to help you correct any of these problems. You will also be provided with an at-home whitening kit to help you maintain your results. You can also help your new whiter smile to remain longer by avoiding tooth-staining substances and keeping up good oral hygiene habits.