What’s the first thing you notice when you meet someone? Likely their smiling face and pearly whites. Having an illustrious smile is not only a sign of good oral health and hygiene, but it is also a major confidence booster.

Brushing and flossing are key to good oral health and keeping your teeth a shiny white, but sometimes regular care and maintenance aren’t enough.

In those cases, professional teeth whitening at our dentists office might be just what you need to restore your pearly whites to their former glory.

Why do Teeth Stain in the First Place?

Over time your teeth can become stained or tarnished due to any number of factors, some in your control, and some you have to say over.

  • Food and Drink: Drinks such as tea, coffee, and wine are major culprits when it comes to stains.
  • Tobacco: And not just the smoking variety. Any use of tobacco, including chewing can create stubborn stains caused by tar and nicotine.
  • Age: Sometimes discolouration is simply a by-product of the natural ageing process.
  • Trauma: Impact or physical damage to the tooth or mouth may cause discolouration as your body deposits more dentin under the enamel.
  • Medications: Some medications such as antipsychotics, antihistamines and even high blood pressure meds can cause discolouration.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is a simple process that is safe, effective and painless. Your dentist will begin by covering your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed for treatment.

Your dentist will then apply a special formulation (usually of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) that works to “bleach” the stains. Your dentist may also use a special whitening light to activate the formula.

Within less than an hour, you’ll have a brighter, whiter smile that you will be excited to show off to friends, family and in photos.