Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does take home tooth whitening involve?

First, the Dentist will evaluate if you are a candidate for Teeth Whitening.

We will send you home with an Opalescence Go kit. The kit includes 20 pre-filled trays (10 upper and 10 lower).  The disposable trays are worn once a day for 30-60 minutes.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive full  instructions with your kit.

 In Office Whitening

Opalescence Boost is a quick alternative to the take home whitening.  The appointment time is approximately one hour in length.  

Ask your dental professional here at Pickering Village Dental Office to help you decide what option is best for you!