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Get a Brighter & Youthful Smile with Teeth Whitening in Lethbridge
One of our most popular cosmetic procedures, professional teeth whitening is a fast and effective way to improve your smile. At Rice, Rollingson & Heggie Dentistry in Lethbridge, we offer two types of tooth whitening treatments:
At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening
At-home teeth whitening kits consist of a custom dental tray designed to comfortably fit over your teeth, and a specially formulated whitening solution that will safely and gently remove stains and dullness, leaving you with a whiter, brighter, more youthful looking smile.
Your home whitening procedure will require several applications, done over a period of time in the comfort of your own home. The number of applications and the strength of the whitening gel will depend on the current color of your teeth, and on your desired results.
Causes of Teeth Discolouration
Over the course of time, your teeth may become discolored for a variety of reasons. Those include:
- Food and Drink – Some of the most common culprits of teeth staining include coffee, tea and red wine. Each of those liquids contains chromogens that cling to the surface of your teeth, causing discoloration.
- Tobacco Use – If you use tobacco products, two chemicals in the tobacco will combine to turn the surface of your teeth into a yellow color.
- Age – As you age, the outer layer of your tooth (the enamel) becomes thinner, exposing the inner layer called dentin, which has more of a yellow color.
- Trauma – If any of your teeth have experienced trauma due to injury, your tooth may react by laying down more dentin, causing discoloration.
- Medications – If you take certain antihistamines, antipsychotics or high blood pressure medications, tooth darkening can be a side effect.
Teeth Whitening Solutions
However, the good news is that there are effective methods for teeth whitening in Lethbridge, specifically teeth bleaching and surface whiteners.
Teeth bleaching can either be performed in our office or by using an at-home kit. During an office appointment, the dentist will apply bleach to your teeth and use a special light to enhance the whitening agent within the bleach. At-home bleaching kits contain a bleaching tray that will fit over your teeth, though the vast majority contain a lower concentration of the bleaching agent you’ll find in our office.
Surface whiteners are a bit simpler of a process, as many of these products are typically tooth pastes and varieties of chewing gum with whitening enhancers that are unlikely to cause tooth wear.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our in-office whitening procedures are completed in a single office visit, with dramatic whitening results accelerated by a specially formulated light-activated whitening gel.
1. When you arrive for your appointment, we will protect your gums and lips, then we will gently apply a custom whitening gel to the teeth to be whitened.
2. Once the gel is applied, we will use a bright light, calibrated to activate the ingredients in the whitening gel. After a short period, your teeth will be fully whitened.