Our Robie Street Dental Centre dentists offer both take-home and in-office teeth whitening options in order to help our Halifax patients brighten their smiles.
What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening services are a safe and effective way to remove stains and brighten the colouration of your teeth.
As we age, our teeth become more vulnerable to staining caused by substances such as tobacco, berries, tea and coffee. Particals are naturally attracted to the enamel of our teeth and cause a change in colour over time.
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 uses a peroxide-based bleaching agent as part of its process, As the active ingredient breaks down, oxygen acts on the tooth's enamel, creating a whitening effect.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Tooth whitening in-office generally takes about 3 hours. Firstly, a barrier is applied to your gums in order to protect them. We then apply a thing layer of gel to each of your teeth. We repeat this process a few times until the desired shade of white is achieved.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
We offer at-home whitening options at Robie Street Dental Centre as well. This way, our patients are able to whiten our teeth in the convenience and comfort of their own home. We create custom teeth whitening trays specifically for your mouth. The, our dentists will provide thorough at-home instructions to follow during the course of the treatment.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about teeth whitening at Robie Street Dental Centre.
- How long do the effects of teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening isn't a permanent solution to whiten your smile.
If you continue to expose your teeth to foods and drinks that cause staining, you will likely begin to see the whiteness 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 of the teeth whitening process. For most of our patients, this sensation fades within a few days of a whitening session.
To minimize your discomfort, we recommend that you use anti-sensitivity toothpaste before your treatment and for at least 2 weeks following a whitening session.
- Do teeth whitening products work on all stains?
Yellow and brown-coloured 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?
Not it does not. Teeth whitening is only effective on natural teeth. It does not work on dental restorations like veneers or crowns.
If dental crowns or veneers are part of your treatment plan, teeth whitening should take place before you receive your restoration.
- 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.