Teeth Whitening: Your Questions Answered!

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Cosmetic, Whitening, Oral Health | Be the first one to comment

Teeth naturally darken with age though; surface stains can also be caused by foods and beverages we consume as well as tooth trauma and smoking.  There are many available whitening options including in-office, at home and over the counter treatment.  However, in-office whitening is a far more popular option due to the instant whitening, level of effectiveness, and the comfort of not needing to continuously wear bleaching trays or strips.

Why should I have my teeth whitened at the Dental Office?

Only your dentist or hygienist can get your teeth their absolute whitest in the shortest amount of time.  Non professional teeth whitening products: whitening strips, toothpaste, and rinses are only minimally effective in removing minor surface stains, but for a deeper, long lasting whitening treatment you should consult with your dentist.

Is teeth whitening safe?

YES!  Whitening with approved hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide products has been proven safe by extensive research conducted by top Universities and respected industry professionals.  In addition, whitening agents such as FAST&MILD does not need high-intensity, high-heat UV lamps which can damage the soft tissues inside your mouth and vulnerable interior of your teeth.

How long do the results last?

Teeth that have been professionally whitened will always appear lighter than they were before the treatment.  Results are dependent on many factors such as tooth structure, personal habits, physical health and oral hygiene.

What are some potential problems?

Tooth sensitivity is typically associated with the amount of time the hydrogen peroxide gel is in contact with the teeth as well as personal predisposition to sensitivity.  Current whitening procedures take half the time of other systems and results in little to no sensitivity.  It is however common for teeth to be sensitive 24 hours following teeth whitening procedures.  However, if your teeth are normally sensitive, whitening may make your teeth more sensitive for an extended period of time.  Patients typically describe this sensitivity as a momentary tingling or stinging sensation.  You may take mild analgesic such as Tylenol of Advil to make you more comfortable until your teeth sensitivity returns to normal. 

Gum irritation is the result of a small amount of solution leaking under the gum protection.  A burning sensation on your gums may also occur.  This should resolved by itself between a few minutes to a few days. 

Will all my teeth be the same colour?

Just anyone is a candidate for teeth whitening.  However people with dark yellow-brown teeth tend to whiten better than people with gray or bluish-gray teeth.  Multi-coloured teeth, especially if due to tetracycline, do not whiten very well.  Tooth- coloured fillings, veneers, bridges and partial dentures will not whiten.  If the filling matches your current colour, whitening will result in miss-matched shades with your natural teeth.  You may need to have your old filling replaced to match your newly whitened teeth.

How do I maintain my professionally whitened smile?

Simple! Good oral hygiene is always a key factor, but to help keep your teeth their whitest, an amazing maintenance product called LifeSmile is a 15% carbamide peroxide teeth brightening pen.  Touch up your teeth on the go wherever and whenever you want! 

Avoid foods and beverages that could stain, such as:

  • Coffee/Tea
  • Tobacco Products
  • Mustard/Ketchup
  • Cola
  • Red Wine
  • Soy Sauce
  • Berry Pies
  • Red Sauces


To maximize your whitening procedure, maintain healthy oral hygiene by brushing, flossing and booking regular dental cleanings.  This will leave your teeth looking cleaner and brighter.  A brighter smile gives your confidence a boost and when we feel good, we look good! Experience the Difference.

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