At Montague River Dentistry, our dentist offers both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options to help our Montague patients brighten their smiles.
What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Looking for a safe, effective way to eliminate stains and lighten the colour of your teeth? You may want to consider professional teeth whitening.
As we age, our teeth become more susceptible to staining from food and other substances. The enamel on our teeth naturally attracts particles, and substances such as coffee, tea and even berries are notorious for staining teeth.
Bleaching agents used during the teeth whitening treatment process are designed to reverse effects from aging and staining, lightening the colour of your teeth.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Peroxide-based bleaching agents are used in teeth whitening solutions to lighten the colour of your teeth. As the active ingredient breaks down, oxygen acts on the tooth enamel, creating the whitening effect.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In about two hours at our dental clinic, you can have your teeth professionally whitened. First, a barrier is applied around your gums to protect them before your dentist puts a thin layer of gel on your teeth, which chemically activates. This process is repeated a few times until we achieve the desired shade of white.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
At Montague River Dentistry, we have at-home whitening options that you can use to whiten your teeth in the comfort and convenience of your home. Custom whitening trays are created specifically for your smile. You will also receive at-home instructions from your dentist to follow during the course of treatment.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about teeth whitening at Montague River Dentistry.
- How long do the effects of teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening is a temporary solution to whiten your smile.
If your teeth are continually exposed to foods and drinks that cause staining, you will likely start to see the whiteness fade after a few months.
If you avoid these foods and drinks following your teeth whitening treatment, you may only need a touchup after a year or so.
- Does teeth whitening make teeth more sensitive?
One potential short-term side effect to teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. For most patients, this fades within a few days after a whitening session.
To minimize any discomfort, we recommend using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste before treatment, and for at least two days following your whitening session.
- Do teeth whitening products work on all stains?
We find that brown and yellow-coloured stains respond best to teeth whitening treatments.
Blue, purple and grey-coloured stains tend not to respond to teeth whitening at all. If these types of stains are appearing on your teeth, cosmetic treatments such as dental crowns or veneers may be a better fit for you.
- 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 dental crowns or veneers.
If crowns or veneers are part of your treatment plan, you should have your teeth whitened before receiving your dental restorations.
- Will teeth whitening damage my tooth enamel?
When used with the supervision of a qualified dentist, it's very unlikely that your dental enamel will be damaged by teeth whitening.
Always ask your dentist about any teeth whitening solution you are considering, so they can ensure you are using products safely.
- Does insurance cover the cost of teeth whitening?
The cost of teeth whitening is typically not covered by dental insurance, as this is a purely cosmetic procedure with no health benefits for your teeth.