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March 24th, 2021

Teeth whitening treatments: Do they actually work?

The teeth whitening industry has grown exponentially in recent years. It’s no secret - more and more people want a brighter, whiter smile. As a response to this trend, hundreds of companies are now offering at-home whitening treatments that claim to get your teeth as white as possible. These products range from whitening strips, toothpaste, oil-pulling, and gels with mouth trays. Regardless of the method, the result may not be as pronounced as consumers expect. Here’s why:

Are teeth whitening treatments worth it

Are teeth whitening treatments worth it?

Not all teeth are made equal

Did you know that not all of your teeth will respond to whitening treatments? This is because discolouration can occur for a number of different reasons and each requires a different bleaching method or strength of whitening. Patients who have had fillings, root canal treatments, or have extremely dark stains may notice uneven results with at-home treatments.

A dentist can determine the cause of the tooth discolouration and tailor a treatment that will whiten teeth as evenly as possible. Your teeth clinic may use:

  • Vital bleaching on “living” teeth to lift food or tobacco stains
  • Non-vital bleaching on teeth that have changed colour because of a root canal

At-home whitening treatments only lift surface stains

As we age, our teeth become darker and stained by food, wine, coffee, and tobacco to name a few. While at-home whitening products can make your teeth appear whiter, they only remove surface stains. If you’ve tried commercial whitening products but some of your teeth aren’t responding to the treatment, there may be an underlying cause for the discolouration. Stains that are deeply saturated need professional-grade treatments from a dental clinic with the right technology and techniques.

The teeth whitening product is not strong enough

When you complete your whitening treatments at a teeth care centre, there’s a much better chance your teeth will whiten to your desired results. This is because in-office whitening treatments use a higher percentage of hydrogen peroxide. Commercial whitening products are limited to about 7-10% hydrogen peroxide as a safety standard.

Professional-grade whitening treatments deliver faster and better results because of the higher concentration of bleaching agents with the right tools. To answer the question “do teeth whitening treatments work?”, we can safely say yes - however, it depends on your teeth and if you choose to have them professionally whitened or try an at-home commercial product.

December 15th, 2021
3 Types of Restorative Dental Services In Fort McMurray

Restorative dentistry is often confused with cosmetic dental services, but there are key differences between the two dental approaches. Simply put, cosmetic dentistry is primarily focused on aesthetics while restorative dentistry is essential for maintaining a healthy set of teeth and gums. If you have missing teeth or if your dentist has recommended removing teeth […]

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December 1st, 2021
Happy Holidays From Franklin Dental

2021 has been an incredible year. And now that it is coming to a close, we’d like to not only wish you a happy holiday season; but to also express our gratitude for your continued support throughout the year! We are a local Fort McMurray-owned and operated business, which means we get the pleasure of […]

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November 8th, 2021
Chipped Or Broken Tooth? Here’s What To Do

Did you know that even a minor tooth chip can lead to serious problems, such as an infection and tooth extraction? This highlights the importance of seeing your dentist as soon as possible if you’ve chipped or broken a tooth. In some cases, this is considered a dental emergency. If you’re searching for chipped or […]

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November 1st, 2021
How To Choose Between Dental Implants or Dentures

There are a few teeth restoration options when you need to replace one or more missing teeth. This article focuses on dental implants or dentures, two of the most common teeth replacement products in Fort McMurray. Both dentures and implants can: Provide a natural-looking and functional smile Improve speech and support facial muscles Allow you […]

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